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EA Sports Active: Two-week review

By June 17, 2009

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I've been testing out the new Nintendo Wii game, EA Sports Active (compare prices), for the past two weeks and yesterday I invited a small group of friends over to get their feedback too. I never thought I would host a party centered around a video game, that's for sure, but we had a lot of fun!

EAS Active is an "exergame"—a video game that's also a workout. The game guides the player through a series of exercises, any of which can be combined to make an endless variety of workouts. Exercises include upper-body strength moves using a resistance band (included); lower-body strength moves, such as squats and lunges; cardio activities, including running and dancing; and sports-based drills, like shooting baskets, setting volleyballs, and so on. Each can be performed at easy, medium, or hard intensity.

So far, I really enjoy the game. Compared to Wii Fit, the exercises feel more challenging, and I appreciate being able to string them all together into a continuous workout, rather than having to flip through several screens in between each activity. The six women who tried it with me yesterday are at various fitness levels, but all, along with my husband, found the workout surprisingly demanding—as well as fun.

Look for my complete review of EA Sports Active soon. If you've tried it, let me know what you think!

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