How to: Exergame

A new generation of apps and games is putting an end to tedious exercise regimes. Carrie Swidecki – proud holder of the Guinness World Record for longest videogame marathon on a dance game – explains how to get fit by gaming

Find a game
Exergaming gives everyone with a console or smartphone the ability to get fit. Instead of trying to distract yourself from a workout with TV and music, find a game you enjoy and it will take your workout to the next level.

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Get started
There’s Zombies, Run!, an immersive running game for smartphones, or try VirZOOM, a virtual reality biking game for VR gaming systems like Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR. Or, if you’d prefer more of a party, try Just Dance 2016.

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Be realistic
The competitive aspect of exergaming – getting a high score and advancing levels – can be a big motivator, and allows you to track your progress. But it’s important not to expect instant perfection. 

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The competitive aspect of exergaming – getting a high score and advancing levels – can be a big motivator

Carrie Swidecki , Guinness World Record holder for longest videogame marathon on a dance game

Make it social
Exergaming has changed the way we exercise, allowing friends to get fit together at home. Introducing friendly competition can provide the incentive for everyone to get better and become fitter. 

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