Best Workout Video Games for Every Console
Video games have a bad rep for making people sedentary, but in 2020, video games could actually be a key contributor in keeping people at their healthiest. With the current landscape of video game consoles supporting virtual reality and hands-free equipment, inviting people to get up and move has been a key factor in encouraging users to buy video games.
We’ve put together a list of the best workout video games for every console on the market. Whether you have a PS4, Xbox One, or Nintendo Switch, we’ve considered all possibilities.
Keep reading below to check out some of the best workout video game titles that are worth getting off the couch for!
Workout Games for the Switch, Xbox One, and PS4
Workout Games for Nintendo Switch
Ring Fit Adventure
Building off of one of Nintendo’s Wii Fit, Ring Fit Adventure is Nintendo’s latest experiment in the fitness world. Combining video games and peripherals, Ring Fit Adventure is a well-polished game that feels like a real workout. With Ring Fit Adventure, Nintendo has made exercise much more enjoyable than expected.
Just Dance 2020
Celebrating ten years of a successful franchise, Just Dance 2020 promises to keep you moving all day and all night long. While it may not be considered as much of a workout as some of the other games on this list, you absolutely can break a sweat playing rocking out to new mainstream tunes and beloved classics. Who said working out couldn’t be as fun as this?
With Fitness Boxing, Nintendo has taken a relatively simple concept and transformed it into something more. Not only is the premise simple, but it’s also pretty straightforward: boxing to a rhythm. Whether you want a simple cardio session or want to test your endurance, Fitness Boxing is sure to be a challenge for all players.
Zumba: Burn It Up!
Out of all the fitness-oriented video games on the market, few have lasted as long as Zumba: Burn It Up! has. While it has similarities with Just Dance 2020 , Zumba: Burn It Up! really focuses on dancing for cardio more than just for fun. With more than 30 hit songs and a range of workout intensity from low to high, Zumba: Burn It Up! is an excellent addition to your fitness game collection.
If you’re looking for a fitness game with a little more punch and a lot more action, Arms is what you need to be playing. Similar to Mario Kart, Arms is simple enough for anyone to start playing immediately and addicting enough never to put down. Much like Wii Sports, Arms relies on motion controls to make sure your guns never stop moving.
Workout Games for Xbox One
With Shape Up, Xbox One switches things up a bit from what fans would typically expect from a fitness game. Allowing players to choose between mini games or training quests, Shape Up is worth the add if you’re someone who likes a long-term commitment to their video games. With each week providing players with a new set of workouts, Shape Up is a unique attempt at making exercise games compelling.
Zumba Fitness World Party
Similar to its Nintendo Switch counterpart (Zumba: Burn It Up!), Zumba Fitness World Party brings dance-inspired workouts straight to your living room floor. Taking players on a virtual tour of a variety of rhythmic traditions, Zumba Fitness World Party can get you sweating in no time. With each session lasting anywhere between 20-30 minutes, this game isn’t for the faint of heart or inexperienced.
Kinect Sports Rivals
In terms of being able to combine fitness with fun and still make it entertaining, Kinect Sports Rivals is the closest thing to that on this list. From rock climbing to jet ski racing, tennis, and bowling, Kinect Sports Rivals thought of everything to keep you entertained and in shape. Not only that, but the controls are reasonably simple to learn and shouldn’t take you long to catch on.
Just Dance 2020
While it has typically been promoted as a party game, Just Dance 2020 is much more than that. Whether you want to compete against your friends for a high score and combine your efforts in a co-op mode, Just Dance 2020 is equal parts fun and a workout. Even if your partner doesn’t want to dance, they can still sing karaoke while you sweat it out in front of them.
Dance Central Spotlight
With hundreds of dance moves and a somewhat difficult progression system, Dance Central Spotlight takes the definition of dancing and kicks it up a notch. Unlike other games on this list, Dance Central Spotlight doesn’t have a storyline or competitive multiplayer game modes. It will, however, keep you moving in challenging and entertaining ways.
Workout Games for PS4
In terms of virtual reality gaming, few games are as effective at using the technology as Beat Saver. While the game is relatively straightforward, the mechanics are all about precision if you want the high scores. Alongside its electronic music soundtrack, Beat Saber could very well leave you breathless.
Unlike other attempts at boxing games, BoxVR is much more a fast-paced aerobics game than traditional boxing. With a variety of workouts and an additional calorie tracker, players can see exactly how much work they’re putting in each time they pick up the controller. BoxVR is hands down one of the best PS4 fitness games that you can buy.
Audioshield may be one of the most unique fitness gaming experiences on this list in that each gameplay will be different from the last. Taking music from your computer and generating a game around that, Audioshield is considerably well-polished and lots of fun. If you’re someone who loves your music catalog and want a game catered to that, this is a must-have.
Commander Cherry's Puzzled Journey
Commander Cherry's Puzzled Journey is potentially one of the only yoga-based games you’ll see. Using hybrid motion controls, The game takes you across various stages in run-and-jump environments while coaching players to hold poses in order to allow character animations to occur.
If you’re looking for a soft landing into the fitness video game world, Commander Cherry's Puzzled Journey is the one for you.
The Fastest Fist
If you want to test your fighting abilities with the best, The Fastest Fist is where you should do it. While the game is simple to learn and easy to remember, The Fastest Fist is all about form and precision. Even if you haven’t taken a boxing class before, this game is a great place to start.