Microsoft Xbox 360 Workouts

Inside the Box: If you’re game for getting in shape, look to these Xbox activities for a good workout
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Illustration by James Yang

Early-spring weather can make it challenging to get in shape for late spring and summer. At least one activity can ease the shift from hibernation mode to active. Microsoft’s Xbox 360 has developed a controller-free gaming experience, and many of the games compatible with the device provide a decent workout.

Some options for playing your way to greater fitness:

The Biggest Loser: Ultimate Workout ($49.99)

This game features trainers from the TV show and more than 125 exercises. Record yourself into a video diary, creating a way to track your progress. Additional features include weekly challenges against Xbox 360’s online community and the ability to customize your diet with 50 recipes.

Jillian Michaels Fitness Adventure ($39.99)

In addition to sessions with “America’s Toughest Trainer,” this game offers several workout modes: fitness-adventure, circuit-training, and individual-fitness training. Stats follow your progress, tracking calories burned, number of exercises and circuits completed, and total time spent exercising.

Just Dance 3 ($39.99)

Just Dance 3 offers more than 40 tracks spanning genres from pop, hip-hop, and rock to disco.

Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012 ($49.99)

The latest in Your Shape products offers 90-plus hours of activities, from boot camp, cardio boxing, and jump rope, to several dance classes. Users can design a custom workout based on personal-fitness level, goals, schedule, and preferences.

Zumba Fitness ($49.99)

Zumba teaches nine dance styles — reggaeton, merengue, salsa, cumbia, hip-hop, mambo, rumba, flamenco, and calypso — with more than 30 Zumba routines, some exclusive to the game. Routines for beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

Basic 4 GB Xbox 360 bundle with the Kinect, $299.99. (Or borrow your kids’ Xbox 360 and buy the Kinect sensor separately, $149.99).

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