I’ve always struggled with going to the gym.
Whenever I felt the need to go to the gym, I’d look up the local gyms near me, find out what their packages and pricing were, and then eventually end up signing for a 1-year gym membership with the intention of going consistently.
You know what happens next, don’t you?
For the first month, I’d go every other day and spend 1-2 hours in the gym. I’d feel like I could maintain this forever, right?
Then, for the next few months, I’d still go, but I wouldn’t be as enthusiastic. I’ve got lots to do, but going to the gym is still important right.
But then around month 4, the number of other things to do would just pile up and I’d start missing gym sessions. Work would be too important, I’d be too tired, and so on (excuses, I know)
By month 6, I’d lose momentum and feel embarrassed to show up now after missing so many months.
I don’t know about you, but this has happened to me at least three separate times already – with variations of gym, yoga, and even my own home exercise equipment.
This time, I’ve been consistently working out (almost) every single day. That’s right. In fact, I’ve gained momentum, not lost it from when I first started working out this time. And instead of dreading working out, I actually feel excited to do so.
Excited to do the exercise sets.
Excited to level up.
Excited to do the different mini-games.
Excited to beat the boss and move on to the next world.
“Wait a minute… that sounds like a game (an RPG in fact)”
Yup, that’s right, I am playing a game. In fact, working out lately feels more like a game than a chore.
Welcome to the world of Ring Fit Adventure, the Nintendo Switch RPG that has successfully gamified exercise.
I won’t discuss it in detail, but the summary of how it works is that you have a leg strap that identifies your movement and direction (including running and reps for things like push-ups, leg-raises, and so on) and a Pilates ring that detects how hard you press on it and what orientation and direction it’s in (good for back presses, thigh presses, overhead presses, and even yoga poses). It’s not 100% accurate, but I’d say it’s above 90%.
Welcome to the world of “Gamification”, where you get rewarded for activities or actions that are (usually) beneficial for you. In gamification, you can earn levels, badges, and awards for things like working out, finishing courses, reading books, and so on. Gamification has been scientifically proven to motivate people to get things done – things that they normally wouldn’t do. In Ring Fit Adventure, you’re awarded for working out.
What’s great about Ring Fit Adventure is that every stage starts off with some cardio (running, exploring the world) and you fight enemies with HIIT-focused exercise reps. There are 4 types of attacks in Ring Fit Adventure: Arms, Legs, Abs, and Yoga. And corresponding enemies that are weaker against certain attack types. It all fits in with getting a full-body workout while leveling up to learn more attacks (exercises) and even dressing up your character.
Ring Fit isn’t the first workout gamification app/game that’s been created, nor the only one that I’ve tried. But it’s the most accurate, most complete, and most fun I’ve had working out. If you’re looking for other apps (that I’ve also tried) on a phone, check out Zombies Run.
(This post is in no way affiliated to Nintendo or Ring Fit Adventure)