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Are you game for exercise? Use games to hit 10,000 steps a day in a fun and effective way.
Studies have shown the health benefits of clocking 10,000 steps daily. However, if walking around the track is not your idea of a fun physical activity, fear not! There is a myriad of physical activities that contribute to your step count without you even realising it. From playing Kinect for Xbox games to the latest Pokemon Go!, the trick is to inject fun to your daily physical activities. Choose your preferred motivation to make exercise more meaningful and fun!
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An average person takes 5,900 steps a day, and individuals who take fewer than 5,000 steps a day are considered to be leading a sedentary lifestyle. Prolonged sedentary behaviour, such as sitting for more than six hours a day, can lead to a higher risk of metabolic disease. For most of us who work in a corporate and office environment — what can we do?
The good news is that you can walk off the health scares resulting from leading a sedentary life. Walking can reduce your risk of depression, as well as lower your risks of contracting chronic illnesses such as stroke, hypertension and even cancer. Find out more about improving your health by taking 10,000 steps.
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Don’t brush off games as mere playthings, as they can actually help you achieve your fitness goals.
Combining games with fitness is a good idea because they:
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What Kinect is a motion sensor add-on for Microsoft’s Xbox One gaming console. Using face, gesture and voice recognition, the camera tracks you in real-time, so games are three-dimensional. Imagine jumping, dodging or even dancing through various scenarios such as a tennis match, golf tournament or on a dance floor.
Why For time-strapped individuals without any access to fitness facilities, Kinect lets you work out in the comfort of your own home!
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What Gotta catch em all! Launched in Singapore on August 6, 2016, Pokémon GO is drawing throngs of new and old Pokemon fans. The game uses location-based augmented reality in which players have to locate and capture virtual creatures in their surroundings.
Why The intense exploration of sites to find Pokémon creatures has led players to go the extra mile. The game encourages you to walk significant distances to collect trophies in a fun and engaging manner. All that walking has brought along unexpected but tangible fitness benefits. Several people have even claimed that the game is secretly the best exercise app out there’, with Vox Technology reporting it as an ‘exercise app that actually works’.
With all that moving, the game has definitely inspired legions of gamers to get off the couch and out walking, running and jumping. The app even lets you track your runs, count your steps and time bike runs as a fitness measure. At this rate, clocking in your 10,000 daily steps will be child’s play!
Extra Tips However, the game has also been known to cause several accidents and become a public nuisance due to the overcrowding of Pokémon players, even encroaching on private property. To keep players safe, the start screen of the game warns players to be mindful of their environment, traffic and to stay clear of private property.
WhatZombies, Run! became the highest-grossing Health & Fitness app on Apple’s App store within just two weeks of its initial release. Boasting equal parts action and adventure, the fitness app combines the thrills of a zombie game with a running programme.
Why As the main hero during a zombie attack, you have to run for dear life while collecting supplies and solving an apocalypse mystery on the side. Whatever your skill level, the game is designed to increase your speed and intensity throughout various points in the game. And at the end of each episode, you get to share your survival success on your social media platforms. If you need more motivation to run, this game may just provide the much-needed kick!
However, you choose to do it, chalking up 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise can be a fun activity for all in the family.
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