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docmagik
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Well, we took advantage of the price drop and sprung for an xBox with a Kinect for christmas.

Also, I am out of shape.

Any suggestions for how to solve the second thing with the first thing?

I'm open to both fitness themed and non fitness themed stuff. Just what's fun, works well with the technology, and/or is addictive.

Any suggestions?

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Pack it all in your backpack. Wear said backpack. Go running.

That's what I've started doing anyway.

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Heh. Yeah, that's probably my best bet.
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They just came out with a new one called uh... "Nike + Kinect Training." There's also Your Shape: Fitness Evolved and any of the Zumba games. If you're looking for a less "traditional" workout, the Just Dance and Dance Central games have workout modes, I believe, but I don't know how effective they are.
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i might get some exercise throwing any single kinect i find off of a rooftop
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Here's an idea! Get a pile of kinects, keep them on the ground floor. Take one, walk up the stairs, toss it off, walk back down. Repeat for every one of them. Workout using Kinect!
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The Zumba Fitness game is a great workout. If I was more disciplined, I'd tell you if it works long-term. But the few exercises I've done with it really made me sweat.
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I'm told the only way I'm going to lose weight is if I do strength training but Zumba is a good cardio to add with weights.
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Go swimming. Don't listen to these idiots.
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Thanks everybody. At this point my plan is to Zumba up the stairs of a building with a swimming pool on the roof I have to swim across to get to the edge.
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Just make sure the thing isn't still powered up when you get into the pool.
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I understand most of you are being facetious, but is there some underlying hate of the Kinect here?

I did see a commercial for a P90x Kinect game. I did some training similar to P90x and while it kicked my trash for the first week or two I did end up losing about 20 lbs between that and running. I wasn't doing it on a Kinect but the nature of the P90x workout lends itself very well to the Kinect.

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The big joke, I think, is that the Kinect only has a handful of games that are Kinect Required, and the ones that have a kinect option (things like Madden, I think Mass Effect, etc.) don't use it very well at all. The technology didn't live up to the hype.
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Say what you will, the dance and/or fitness games are far superior on Kinect to those on any other platform - though it is almost certainly better for true exercise to, you know, actually go outside or to a pool. I've had quite a bit of fun playing the Kinect-only games (e.g., Wreckateer, Rise of Nightmares, Star Wars Kinect, the various dance games), but the "Better with Kinect" games are a total joke.
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Your Shape: Fitness Evolved was a pretty good workout when I had an apartment that was compatible with the Kinect (In other words, had enough room that I could stand in front of the thing without being only able to see my belly button)
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That's my problem, too. I'm a big guy, horizontally and vertically, and I'd have to be further away for it to know anything that I was doing with my hands once they're above my shoulders.
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My daughters absolutely love the Kinect, but I second the recommendation that you only consider "Kinect-only" games for playing with it.
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Ricky
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(Post Removed by Janitor Blade. Fit Spam)

[ October 24, 2013, 12:24 PM: Message edited by: JanitorBlade ]

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Jake
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Ricky's got some splainin' to do.
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Somewhere, Ricky is staring dejectedly at his keyboard, wishing he could figure out how to make friends and talk about fitness.
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