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Consumer Reports: best fitness video games

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(WMC TV) - Lots of video games on the market are advertised as a fun way to get fit.

Consumer Reports checked out five: Nike Plus Kinect Training, Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013, Just Dance 4, UFC Trainer, and Zumba Core. They cost anywhere from $20 to $50. 

Testers assessed the workout the games provide, using a monitor to measure heart 
rate. It turns out all the games aren't equally effective. Some are a lot more strenuous 
and provide a real fitness challenge, whereas some of them are more just party games 
and really don't provide a great workout.

Nike Plus Kinect Training and Your Shape will give you tougher workouts, while Just Dance 4 is less grueling. 

The gaming console you use can also make a difference in how much of a workout you 
get. Consumer Reports said the Xbox is going to the most effective for these types 
of games. Using the Kinect, the camera can actually track your full body's movements, whereas with the Wii U or the PlayStation 3, it can only see the controller, not your full body. So it's easier to cheat the system, and it's not tracking your body as accurately.

If you’re looking for a game that can give you a tough workout, Consumer Reports recommended Nike Plus Kinect Training.

For a good cardio workout that also provides some fun, Consumer Reports recommended Zumba Core, available on all consoles. The quick dance steps get your heart rate up — and they keep it interesting.

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