Exercise Video Games are a Legit Solution to Fitness Amid a Pandemic

Best Fitness & Work Out Video Games
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Truthfully, what other choices do you have? You couldn’t go to the gym even if you wanted to. If your spouse can’t decide which she hates more — the time you waste gaming or your lack of exercise – you can use Nintendo Switch exercise games, Xbox fitness games, or PS4 exercise games to turn the tables on her. If you spend enough time exercising as you play, she can’t possibly complain when you’re try to determine the best halo game. Plus, you’ll be indoors – which is 100% social distancing compliant. It’s a win-win.

Bottom line truth: Gaming can be exercise, regardless of what she believes. It can even be good for your children’s health. Let them join you, I bet they’ll be believers after using the Nintendo Ring Fit Adventure! Squeezing the Ring-Con between your arms is no joke as you’re doing leg squats or overhead side bends. And if the wife needs even more proof, have her read one of the 4,000+ reviews on Amazon to see how real this workout can be.

RELATED: This 20-Minute P90X Workout Will Whip You Into Shape – Fatherly

Exercise Equipment for Switch, PS4, or Xbox Fitness Games

To make the most of your video gaming exercise time, you may need to buy extra hardware beyond the gaming console itself.

Xbox

You’ll need Kinect hardware with your Xbox One or Xbox 360 console to use Xbox fitness games.

Buy Kinect for Xbox One for $124 on Amazon

Buy Kinect for Xbox 360 for $295 on Amazon

Nintendo Switch

For the majority of Nintendo Switch exercise games, you only need Joy-Con controllers. Your Switch console should ship with two controllers, but you may want to buy an extra pair so you can play with two people at the same time.

Buy Joy-Con Controllers for $86 on Amazon

PS4

If you want to exercise with your PS4, you’re going to need VR hardware for many games, such as the PS4 VR headset to go with your PS4 console. The VR headset we’ve linked here has a couple of PS4 exercise games bundled with it — Creed: Rise to Glory and SUPERHOT VR — so you can start getting in shape right away.

Buy PlayStation VR Headset Bundle for $580 on Amazon

Best Exercise Video Games

Xbox One Kinect Sports Rivals

You can use Sports Rivals to show off your incredible athleticism. (Your spouse does not have to know that you peaked as an athlete at your fourth grade Field Day, when you finished second in the sack race.)

Sports Rivals allows you to select from multiple games, such as tennis, soccer, or rock climbing. When you make the correct movements, the game rewards you, so you’ll be working up a sweat before you know it, competing against another player or against the game’s AI component.

Make sure you have plenty of free space in the room when playing. You’re sure to become engaged in the game, rather than watching your surroundings, and you don’t want to break any of the knick-knacks on the coffee table celebrating an ace serve, or you’ll be sent outside to play real tennis instead of left indoors for fun video game tennis.

RELATED: The Best Trap Workout For Regular Guys – Fatherly

Buy for $34 on Amazon

Xbox 360 Kinect Your Shape: Fitness Evolved

For a more traditional type of workout with Xbox, this Your Shape title will give it to you. It lets you play as though you’re in the middle of an actual fitness class with fitness instructors. (We have to admit we’re a little jealous of how easily the graphical representations of fitness instructors can develop their abs. It hardly seems fair.)

You can take multiple classes, including those with martial arts workouts and yoga workouts. (No virtual puppy or goat yoga available, though. Sorry.)

Now, we understand that playing a fitness class video game probably isn’t the precise reason you purchased your gaming console. So if you want to play some Madden in between Your Shape Xbox fitness classes, we won’t judge.

Buy for $23 on Amazon

Xbox 360 Kinect Star Wars

Yes, it’s true: A Star Wars video game can give you an Xbox fitness workout. Stop giggling for joy.

We fully admit the Star Wars title does not fit in with traditional exercise video games, as you do not hold a controller to play. Instead, the Kinect measures your body movements to determine your success in the game.

Now, we’re certain your spouse is going to give you hell for this one. You promised you’d use the Xbox console for working out, and she catches you playing Star Wars.

We have the solution. Just give her a chance to play, and when she’s breathing heavily after a few minutes, she’ll cut you some slack … both about playing Star Wars and about your spare tire.

RELATED: 14 Great Ab Exercises That Aren’t Sit-Ups – Fatherly

Buy for $50 on Amazon

Nintendo Switch Ring Fit Adventure

If you were a fan of Nintendo Wii fitness games, Ring Fit Adventure is the next step up. Ring Fit Adventure consists of physical gear made to help you work up a sweat and gaming software to keep it fun and entertaining.

The resistance ring, with the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers attached, works for making moves in the game, as well as for doing thigh presses or squats. It’s sturdy and will keep up with you during your workouts.

The gaming software is a first-person game that moves you through various levels to work toward a final goal. You’ll use the exercise ring to help you battle and achieve the goals.

It’s a really interesting mix of workout and fantasy game. If you hate the idea of exercising, just tell yourself that you’re actually playing a fantasy game (complete with sweat), and you’ll be happier.

Buy for $327 on Amazon

Nintendo Switch Arms

You remember Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots, right? Pretty fun, even for a nearly 45-year-old game. You could even pick up other collectible versions, such as Batman V Superman Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots.

The Arms Nintendo Switch exercise game is the next level forward and then some. It almost works like the punching robots have been crossed with a Slinky.

You can use the Switch controllers to simulate punches from a distance, working up a sweat that’s similar to a simulated boxing workout. You can pick from multiple fists to keep the game fresh.

This game is great for younger kids, who just want to throw haymaker after haymaker. You, as a sophisticated gamer, can figure out the nuances of the different fists and punching styles to win while you work out.

Buy for $56 on Amazon

Nintendo Switch Fitness Boxing

If Arms is too cartoonish to convince your spouse that you’re working out, this Fitness Boxing gaming title should do the trick.

This fits under the umbrella of classic exercise video games, as it relies on a training element, where you can select fitness goals, and the game will set up workouts to help you achieve them. It has just enough variability in the workouts to keep you interested.

It’s not quite the workout you’d receive at a boxing class at your local gym, but to make that class, you’d have to get off the couch, put on workout clothes, find your keys … who are we kidding? You’re not getting any farther than moving from the couch.

With this title, there’s plenty of upbeat music, helping motivate you to train with Fitness Boxing, rather than playing Mario Kart.

RELATED: The Best Dumbbell Workout To Build Muscle at Home – Fatherly

Buy for $65 on Amazon

BoxVR

Among many PS4 exercise games, you will need a VR headset, as we discussed earlier. With the BoxVR game, you’ll be able to feel like you’re in a boxing workout class — boxercise — selecting from hundreds of potential workouts. You even have the opportunity to create your own workouts.

It provides significant cardio benefits, as you’ll be moving constantly during the workout.

With such a good workout, your spouse is sure to be impressed. So much so that she may not complain if you drip some sweat in the living room. (Just don’t use a throw pillow to soak up the sweat, or all bets are off.)

Buy for $37 on Amazon

Just Dance 2020

Among exercise video games, Just Dance is a classic title that’s been around for several years, and it still gives a great workout that’s also a lot of fun. The entire family may want to jump in and join you, as the latest version has a song from Frozen II. (No one can hear Frozen songs enough times, although we’re sure your kids will test the limits on that.)

It may not fit in with other traditional PS4 exercise games, as it’s more about having fun and showing off your sick dance moves. (Friendly advice: You may want to confiscate all smartphones before starting to play, just so your moves don’t end up on your kids’ social media feeds.)

You will work up a healthy sweat while playing this game. It doesn’t require a VR headset for use on a PS4. It’s also available for multiple other consoles.

Buy for $37 on Amazon

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Pedro Pascal Teases New Timeline, Crossovers for Mando Season Three

Pedro Teases Mandalorian S3 Details
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After a fantastic second season that culminated in a mind-blowing finale, fans are dying to learn what’s next for The Mandalorian. Not only did the season end with some major changes that could forever alter the show, but the post-credits stinger scene also confused fans by introducing a new story about Boba Fett.

It has since been clarified that The Book of Boba Fett is a standalone spin-off show and that The Mandalorian will be back for a third season. What we don’t yet know is what the third season will be like, now that the driving storyline of the first two installments was seemingly resolved.

With all the new Star Wars shows coming down the pike for Disney+, it might be a while before we see Mando again, and if recent comments by Pedro Pascal are accurate, some time may pass for the character as well…

Pascal gave an interview to IndieWire in which he discussed his monumental 2020, which not only featured The Mandalorian but also a role in Robert Rodriguez’s Netflix movie We Can Be Heroes, and a villainous turn in Wonder Woman 1984.

During the interview, the actor dropped a few hints about the future of his Star Wars show, which may include shifting timelines and cross-overs into other worlds.

“I am told what’s happening and what the plan is,” said Pascal, “but I can’t share it. They are in the expansion of this world, where there are so many unexpected surprises and timelines that are going to be dealt with. If the character were to cross over into these worlds, it will be utilized in a way that isn’t meant to be expected. I wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise of whether or not characters from the show we already know are crossing over.”

There’s both a lot of info in there and very little. It definitely makes sense that after season two, The Mandalorian will stretch its wings a bit and broaden the scope of his adventures. Exactly how “crossing over” into different worlds will work is yet to be seen, but Pascal seems hesitant to say much more.

One of the main storylines fans are hoping to see is the battle for Mandalore, which includes Mando’s ownership of the dark saber, putting him at odds with Bo-Katan. Not sure how his comments line up with that, which seems like a more expected continuation of the series. There definitely seems to be hinting at something less conventional.

Hopefully, we’ll learn more soon, as Disney+ moves forward with its plans. Until then, may the force be with you.

I mean, this is the way.

You’ll Relish This Hot Dog and Bun Toaster

hot dog toaster
Amazon

I think we can all agree that there are few things better than a perfectly toasted hot dog, and you can’t get that from microwaving hot dogs and using cold buns. Sorry. It just doesn’t work that way; I don’t make the rules. If you want baseball park-worthy hot dogs, you gotta go pro. And by pro, I mean a hot dog toaster. It’s just as fast and convenient as a microwave, but delivers a far superior product (it even gives you grill marks). And it’s only $20, so you might as well buy one for yourself and everyone you know, because nobody deserves to eat sad microwave dogs.

 

hot dog toaster
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Purchase for $20

This hot dog toaster will toast two hot dogs at a time, distributing even heat on all sides so that it’s perfectly cooked every single time (it accommodates for extra-large hot dogs, so don’t worry if you prefer them robust). The toaster also features adjustable heat settings, and even comes with special tongs so you don’t have to burn your hands every time you make yourself a hot dog. Cleaning is even easier since all you need to do is remove the drip tray and wipe it down separately.

Is it a novelty gift? Sure. But it’s so worth it (and if your S.O. or roommate are concerned about counter space, rest assured that it’s pretty slim and compact). 5,000+ customers who’ve given the toaster five stars on Amazon would agree. “LOVE IT!!!! I bought this for home so my 7 year old could make a quick snack before bed…he loves hot dogs…. I love the smell of cooking hot dogs and buns without the mess!” one reviewer wrote.

“We LOVE that this makes AWESOME Grill marks on the hot dogs!!! I read all the reviews before purchasing and I am shocked that no one mentioned this! And this is not simply a hot dog Heater Upper LOL! There is a BIG difference in using this versus a microwave. For one, THE Grill Marks LOL Sorry- that just tickled me silly and I am in love with that feature alone 🙂 The hot dog does not get “rubbery” like they can in the microwave. We cook ours on setting number 5 and it gets a perfect sear on the outside trapping in all the juices. This little hot dog toaster will give you perfectly juicy hot dogs every single time,” another customer wrote.

We did mention the grill marks, right?

Get one for yourself for $20.

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Toddler’s Tangled Hair Is No Match for The Rock

The Rock does daughter's hair
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Being a girl dad is both amazing and challenging. You begin to see the world in new and exciting ways through your daughter’s eyes, but you’re also tasked with learning skills you never thought you’d need. Recently, Dwayne Johnson shared a surprisingly confident (and absurdly adorable) post on Instagram featuring an unlikely skill – hair styling.

Realistically, The Rock probably hasn’t had a whole lot of experience tending to a head full of hair. While he may be slightly hair-deficient himself, his dedication to the cause is admirable. Honestly though, what better motivation to master a skill than a 2-year-old who’s counting on you?

The Rock’s Instagram post features two photos of him with his 2-year-old daughter Tiana, and boy do these pictures tell a story. If you’ve ever been scared to your very core at the beginning of a dentist appointment before realizing that it isn’t actually so bad, Tiana carries the same energy into her dad’s photo series.

The caption explains, “Now despite my two year old looking completely TERRIFIED for her life that daddy is solely responsible for getting all the painful tangles out of her hair…”

Looking at the first picture, Tiana stares desperately at whoever is holding the camera. She sends a silent “help me” plea to the person photographing evidence instead of stepping in, but fortunately, The Rock knows what he’s doing.

“Scroll left and you’ll see the calming energy, exceptional hair skills and extraordinary patience that daddy aka mr golden hands puts on full display,” the caption continues. “I may be bald but I know a thing or two about hair. Mainly because I wish I had it.”

 

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In the second photo, Tiana seems to embrace her dad’s hair-styling skills. She’s visibly relaxed, perhaps even enjoying her at-home salon. The 2-year-old is The Rock’s third daughter, so to be fair, he’s had a bit of practice.

This enormous man literally tore a metal gate from its hinges when he was running late, yet he’s as gentle as a person can be when untangling his 2-year-old’s hair. The juxtaposition is both hilarious and endearing, and it’s one of the many reasons we simply cannot get enough of The Rock. There’s nothing the man can’t do – except, you know, grow his own hair.

Father Figures: Everything Fun

“This is Scott McLane – our favorite dad, husband and coach.

Scott works full time as an engineer, and in his off-time as the volunteer soccer coach for both our children’s soccer teams. He started with them in the rec program and transitioned to the travel program.

From the very first season when they were in kindergarten (shown below) through their transition to the more competitive travel program, he has put forth the same effort and dedication to ensure each child he coaches, including our own, has fun, learns, and develops into the best player they can be.

It’s a testament to who he is because on both our daughter’s and son’s teams he has players that have stayed with him from his very first season. His dedication has extended beyond our own children and he’s actually become the president of the soccer club. He is an amazing role model.

He makes everything fun. I can’t express just how much I love him for it and how proud I am to be married to him. Oh, and his dad joke game is excellent.”

– Laura McLane

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Loyal Dog Spends Days Waiting Outside Hospital for Her Owner

Dog waits outside hospital for owner
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We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it a million more times – we simply do not deserve dogs. Even dogs who barely know us are more than happy to lend a helping paw, but when a dog is a treasured member of your family (and boy, do they know it), they will do quite literally anything for you.

When Cemal Senturk fell ill in early January, his loyal dog Boncuk trailed the ambulance to a nearby hospital. Upon arriving, Boncuk waited patiently outside the hospital’s doors for her owner to return. Senturk’s daughter took Boncuk home multiple times, but each day, the determined pup would run back to the hospital.

“She comes every day around 9 a.m. and waits until nightfall. She doesn’t go in,” a hospital security guard told local news station DHA. “When the door opens she pokes her head inside.”

With more self-control than most kids and a fierce determination to stay close to her human, Boncuk spent days following the same routine. She would arrive at the hospital in the early morning and stand guard near the hospital’s entrance until it became clear her owner would not be emerging that day.

Unsurprisingly, Senturk missed his beloved dog just as dearly as Boncuk missed him. After several days apart, Senturk was well enough to be discharged from the hospital. When he finally emerged six days after being admitted, his dedicated pup was beyond delighted.

“She’s very used to me. And I miss her too, constantly,” Senturk told the DHA.

Fortunately for this deeply-bonded pair, their time apart came to an end. Senturk and Boncuk returned home together, after perhaps the most heartwarming reunion of all time. Watch the video below, and give your own pup some extra scratches today.

Ryan Reynolds Shocks Twitter With Filthy Joke About His Sesame Street Appearance

Ryan Reynolds A-Hole
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Ryan Reynolds is well known for his potty mouth. After all, this is the guy who plays Deadpool in the filthiest comic book movies out there! He is equally well known for his sense of humor, especially when it comes to social media.

Sesame Street is not.

But the other day, the two worlds collided when a mom was watching an episode of the classic children’s show with her kid, and tweeted that Ryan Reynolds’ guest appearance made things fun for both generations.

The episode featured Reynolds dressed as the letter A for an A-Team parody, which was already the kind of thing that was firmly in an adult’s wheelhouse (I don’t know too many kids who are big fans of Hannibal, Murdoch, and B.A. Baracus!). But Reynolds took things even further with the r-rated joke he made in response to the tweet.

Referencing the outfit he was forced to wear for the segment – a giant letter A with his head squeezed into the middle – Reynolds made a subtle joke that had the grown-ups laughing, if a bit shocked.

Not only did my man call it “tight,” he made a crack (sorry) about “pushing through” too!

Twitter, to the complete lack of surprise of anyone who has even been on Twitter, was here for it.

Some marveled at the many sides of the man:

Others at his audacity:

And a few attempted to add to the fun:

CNN’s Jake Tapper had the final word, with a very dad response to Reynolds’ antics:

Check out the segment that inspired this tomfoolery:

Raya Rules in Disney’s New Trailer For “Raya and the Last Dragon”

Raya Trailer
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Disney dropped the latest trailer for “Raya and the Last Dragon” and it is truly terrific. While the first look at it didn’t give much away, this trailer gives a much deeper look at what the movie is and why it’s shaping up to be one of the more hotly anticipated releases from Disney.

The trailer has Raya, voiced by Kelly Marie Tran of Star Wars sequel fame (or infamy, depending on where you fall on The Last Jedi), putting together a team to help save humanity, partly by finding the titular last dragon. And it looks outstanding.

It’s got everything you could want, including a CON BABY, which is the type of scheming, conniving toddler parents can probably relate to. And Raya finally finds the elusive Sisu, voiced by Awkwafina.

“I’m gonna be real with you. I’m not, like, the best dragon,” Sisu tells Raya after they meet. “Have you ever done like a group project but there’s like that one kid who didn’t pitch in as much but still ends up with the same grade?”

Another key part of the trailer involves the interaction between Raya and her dad, voiced by Daniel Dae Kim. The cast also includes Gemma Chan and Sandra Oh.

The trailer is full of action and even shines through with some humor and personality, which bodes well for the March 5 release in theaters and on Disney+. It’s got some really strong Moana/Frozen vibes, so it’ll be one your kids lock into for sure.

Thousands Send Cards to Help Girl Celebrate First Birthday Without Her Dad

Bday Cards
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Not that there was any shortage of tragedy in 2020, but a young girl in Massachusetts suffered a double blow last year as her dad passed away tragically at the age of 28. Just weeks later, her godfather passed away. And now, as young Lilly prepares to turn 4, her mom is doing her best to make it a birthday she’ll never forget, and thousands of strangers are answering the call.

As her mom explained in a Facebook post earlier this month, Lilly “LOVES mail.” She said Lilly loves getting the mail, loves the mailman, loves everything about it. To help Lilly celebrate her first birthday without her dad, her mom asked if people would be willing to send her a birthday card, drawing, or letter. She expected a modest response from the community at best, and to date, Lilly has received cards from all over the world ahead of her 4th birthday.

Her mom told a local news station Lilly loves being a little helper and loves ‘to do everything for everyone’ and has been thrilled at the letters she’s received so far. Shes’ received cards from nearly 40 different states and a handful of other countries, including Canada, France, and even as far as Australia.



Her mom told People “Lilly has been so excited! We have been blown away by the response and never expected this. We are just so thankful to feel so much love. It’s been overwhelming in the best way.”

A $220 Million Mistake, Early Bitcoin Investor Forgot His Password

Bitcoin Investor Forgets Password
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Remembering passwords is one of the biggest pains of the modern era. Forgetting your Amazon, Gmail, or Netflix password can involve jumping through multiple hoops to reset, especially since two-factor authentication became a thing.

But I will never bemoan the forgotten password process again, after hearing about a Bitcoin investor who can’t remember his IronKey password. Turns out he can’t access his digital bitcoin wallet, worth a cool $220 MILLION! Plus, he’s used 8 of his 10 attempts. He only has two tries left before his IronKey hard drive encrypts forever and he permanently loses access to millions.

The story was featured in the New York Times about a German programmer, Stefan Thomas, who was paid for a project in Bitcoin in 2011. Since then, the bitcoin stock has SOARED (it’s up like 50 percent just in the last few months). He saved the password to his digital wallet on an IronKey hard drive and then wrote the password on a piece of paper. He lost that paper, which now looks like a $220 MILLION mistake.

It’s the type of lost password nightmare that would give you enough anxiety for two lifetimes. He told the NYTimes he would lay in bed and think about it, try a new strategy, and be desperate after it failed again. He’s put the drive in a secure facility for the time being, as he tries to scheme another strategy to rescue his $200+ million bitcoin wallet.

“I got to a point where I had to let it be in the past, just for my mental health,” he said.

This is exactly why you use a simple password involving your name and jersey number from high school for every single PW ever.