Gamify Your Exercise: Why We Need More Games That Get Us Moving
For most of my adult life, I didn’t care too much about exercise. I haven’t been thin or fit since high school, and honestly, haven’t felt the desire to get back to it, either. Once I hit my early thirties, though, I realized focusing on moving my body more would benefit my overall health and mental wellness. I enrolled with a personal trainer I see once a week, and I feel stronger, my stamina has increased, and I just feel better overall. It’s been a joy being able to feel all the positive effects of my time with my trainer. Since I started though, I’ve wanted more ways to combine my love of gaming with exercise. There are many ways to gamify your exercise. From creating your own achievements to reach in your workout to using apps that let you earn experience when doing real-life activities, there are many ways to combine the two. What I really want, though, are more games that take movement in new directions. There are plenty of games that are basically just workout videos, but I’d love more RPG or open world games that employ the use of our bodies.