Much is made these days of the various workout apps available to mobile users. There are apps that track your runs, demonstrate exercises, (at least attempt to) count your calories, and even one that incentivizes running by making a game out of running away from digital zombies. Some of these exercise apps can be very simple, but a lot of the time they’re more trouble than they’re worth. They can also make users forget just how simple (and enjoyable) it can be to design an effective exercise routine that plays like a game. So here are a few everyday workout games you can play without a mobile app, and which can help you to see real results.
The Push-Up Card Game
There are several variations of this game, but Nexercise explains it in perhaps its simplest form. Basically, the idea is to use a deck of cards to dictate a push-up routine, with each numbered card representing a set number of repetitions, and each face card representing the next value up (so after 10, a Jack is 11, a Queen is 12, a King is 13, and an Ace is 14, though Aces can also be 1 depending on your desired intensity). One way to go about this workout is to do it with a partner and have colours dictate who does push-ups, so that each time you flip a card, red or black decides which of you does push-ups and the number decides how many. Another way to use the suits is to do the workout on your own and have them dictate which type of push-up you do for each card.
The Nexercise article has some helpful suggestions for this style of the game, including wide arm push-ups for Spades and other ideas. It’s a more difficult game than it sounds like, and if you’re not already in an upper-body workout routine, you’ll want to start with half a deck at the most. Still, it’s a fun and effective way to build up your strength and endurance.
Exercise bingo is a wonderful idea that was written about at Military Fitness, and it allows you a great deal of freedom and flexibility to work on different exercises. It’s also very simple. Basically, the idea is to design a bingo card with each square representing a different exercise, and then play the game as you ordinarily would, completing exercises along the way. Another way to play the game, however, if you want to up the stakes so to speak, is to go online and find a real bingo site to serve as a platform for your own version of the game.
Now, this is still a simple practice far different from downloading a mobile exercise app, and instead it is essentially a way to enhance an existing game. But it can make for some inspiring competition between you and your friends or family. The bonus options at Betfair, one of the leading platforms, include free start-off budgets for newly established accounts. This gives you the option to play online bingo with real money on the line, something that could easily be twisted into an incentive for the exercise game. For example, if you really want to get competitive, use the online game to coordinate with your exercise bingo card and give whatever winnings there may be to whomever performs the most exercises over the course of a game!
These are just a couple of examples of the ways in which everyday games can be turned into exercise tools and motivations. And if you do a quick search, there are dozens of other examples—versions of these games, and additional games dealing with cards, casino activities, board games, etc.—that provide simple, household workout ideas. Just remember: any card can be turned into an exercise trigger, and any square on a gaming board can have a task attached to it.
Fitness – fit it in! Nikki