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Exercise isn’t fun for me. It’s necessary. It’s rewarding. It’s important. It isn’t fun. When the weather is nice, I walk up the road. When it’s cold or raining, I ride my exercise bike or do yoga or a workout DVD. Sometimes I put on the television in the background or, when I’m walking, I plug into music. My goal is to finish as quickly as possible so I can move onto something fun.
Making Exercise Fun with Goji Play
With the leaves starting to change colors, I know that cold weather will be here soon. It’s much more difficult for me to motivate myself to exercise when it’s cold outside. The kids and I are much more likely to sit around the living room connected to our phones and tablets. After all, computer games are more fun than exercise, right?
Well, now you can have both! Combine active play with video game play with Goij Play, an interactive wearable that fuses cardio with gaming from the makers of Guitar Hero and Dance, Dance Revolution. So how does this work?
You need two things to use the Goji Play. You need some kind of exercise equipment and some kind of mobile technology. What kind of exercise equipment?
- Stationary Bikes
- Elliptical Machines
What kind of mobile device?
- iPad 3 and above
- iPad Mini
- iPhone 4s and above
- iPod Touch 5th Generation
- iOS 6.1 or above
You can use at home, on your equipment; at the gym, or even at a hotel gym. It works where you have exercise equipment and a mobile device. Want to share it with the kids? No problem. It supports multiple users and individual goals. The Goji Play only takes minutes to set up. There are two controllers – one for each of the hand holds on your exercise equipment. There is one Goji Play sensor unit along with a USB cable and outlet plug. You start by charging the sensor for 10 minutes.
While you’re doing that, just download the My Goji (Goji Play) app to your mobile device and turn on your Bluetooth option in your settings. Once the sensor is charged, the app walks you through the setup process so you can set up your free Goji Play account. It even let me connect with my My Fitness Pal app!
Once that is done, you velcro the controllers around the equipment hands and you clip the sensor in your pocket. You can even use a baton (included) or clip the sensor to your shoe laces!
OK so what happens next? After you set up your account, you get to pick the kind of game you want to play. There are 20 different interactive games (17 are free) that you can play. I personally spent my workout blowing away zombies in a game called Into the Dead which is one of the free games that was featured today. Much like a video game system, the buttons on the controllers let you move left and right and shoot zombies. You run into equipment caches to collect them and basically dodge, kill and run really fast while working out. If you aren’t into zombies (I can’t imagine that but..), there are puzzle games, games where you drive cars, brain teasers, games for kids, fight games and lots more to choose from.
I honestly don’t think I have ever had this much fun exercising in my life. I chose 20 minutes of exercise 4x a week in my profile and as I was playing, it showed me what percent of today’s goal I had completed. Then it told me when I had reached my goal for the day. If I hadn’t had a deadline at work today, I would have kept exercising after I reached my goal because I was having so much fun.
The Goji Play turned a boring ride on my exercise bike into a dodging, ducking to the side, pedaling faster kind of ride on my exercise bike – because you know the zombies were chasing me. Just a word of advice though. If your husband happens to be in the kitchen making lunch when you start playing, warn him. Otherwise when you scream “Oh, sh*t, Zombies. Go LEFT!” he’s going to think you’ve lost your mind.
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.