When it comes to exercising, burning calories, or improving your fitness, gyms are usually a good place to go. However, whether it’s because of the price, time constraints, or getting there, not everyone can make it to the gym.

Fortunately, there is a solution for those looking to get healthier or lose weight: exercising at home. If you’re looking to exercise on your own, you might want to invest in a video game to help you.

Ring Fit Adventure on the Nintendo Switch is one such game that can help you exercise daily to improve your fitness and lose weight at the same time.

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What You Need to Get Started with Ring Fit Adventure

Ring Fit Adventure on the Nintendo Switch can help you exercise, build muscle, and lose weight through a series of minigames and exercises designed to get you working out or moving around.

How can you exercise with Nintendo Ring Fit Adventure?
Ring Fit Adventure has a good variety of exercises for all levels. (Source: IGDB)

When it was released, it was the #3 game in the UK. By June 2020, it had sold over 1 million copies in Japan and by the start of 2021, it has outsold Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which is no mean feat.

To get started with Ring Fit Adventure, there are a few things you’ll need:

  • A Nintendo Switch (RRP £279) or a Switch Lite with separate Joy-Cons (not recommended).
  • A copy of Ring Fit Adventure and the Ring Con (around £60).
  • Joy-Cons whose motion controls work well.
  • A decent television (like with the Switch Lite, playing on a small screen is not recommended)
  • A decent space in which to exercise.
  • A yoga mat to make the exercises on the floor more bearable.
  • Time to exercise multiple times during the week.

Once you’ve got all that, you should be able to enjoy Ring Fit Adventure. However, for any exercise programme to work, we recommend one thing:

Make sure you spend at least 3 hours a week exercising with Ring Fit Adventure.

Ring Fit Adventure will work a bit like a coach and guide you through your exercises. You have to do what the game tells you and properly do each of the exercises or it won’t be as effective.

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Ring Fit Adventure Game Modes

In Ring Fit Adventure, there are several different ways to play:

  • Adventure
  • Quick Play
  • Custom
  • Multitask Mode
What types of exercises are there in Nintendo Ring Fit Adventure?
Ring Fit Adventure includes a variety of different game modes for you to exercise. (Source: IGDB)

In the adventure mode, your character needs to save the world from an evil bodybuilder dragon known as Drago by using the power of exercise. In other words, you’re going to have to break a sweat to defeat your enemies.

Generally, the levels have you running through them and squeezing and stretching the Ring Con to navigate obstacles, which serves as your basic cardio training.

As you make your way through the levels, there’ll be monsters on the path that you’ll have to defeat by doing various exercises. These exercises can work out various muscle groups or increase your heart rate to help you burn more calories.

At the end of each world, you’ll usually have to face a boss. As you progress through the game, the enemies get stronger and you’ll have to work harder to defeat them. This can make exercising a game rather than a chore as you defeat monsters, gain experience, and improve your character, much like you would in an RPG.

The Quick Play mode can be used to do simple exercises, play minigames, or follow exercise programmes that focus on certain parts of the body.

The Custom mode allows you to create fitness programmes. You can choose the exercise and activities that you want to do and pick the ones you like the most (or hate the least).

Finally, the Multitask Mode allows you to do reps on the Ring Con while doing something else like watching the TV. Thus, you can keep exercising when you’re not playing the game. It’s up to you whether you want your exercise and free time to merge or you’d prefer to keep them separate.

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Ring Fit Adventure: Different Exercises for Working Your Whole Body

Ring Fit Adventure’s biggest strength is the sheer number of different exercises it can guide you through as you fend off monsters. The different types of exercises include:

  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Crossfit
  • Squats
  • Situps
  • Planks
  • Aerobics
  • Jogging
  • Crunches
Which parts of your body can you exercise with Ring Fit Adventure?
In addition to cardio and yoga, Ring Fit Adventure includes exercises for various parts of your body. (Source: IGDB)

The goal is to work every part of the body including your hips, chest, glutes, arms, or legs. In the Adventure mode, you can choose which exercises to do. Furthermore, Ring Fit Adventure can guide you through your stretches before and after each session and there are also the minigames you can play whenever you fancy a quick session.

During the game, you need to follow the advice to defeat the monsters. Monsters can have weaknesses to certain types of exercise so you need to vary the exercises you do. You also can use smoothies to give yourself an edge.

Ring Fit Adventure is a good game for working out thanks to its varied exercises. Aside from the game itself, it requires very little investment in terms of equipment other than the game itself and a yoga mat, making it a decent replacement for a trip to the gym.

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Can You Rely on a Game to Stay in Shape?

The real question you’ll want the answer to is whether or not you can stay in shape with Ring Fit Adventure. The answer will depend on your age, weight, and how often you use the game.

How can you stay in shape with Ring Fit Adventure?
There are plenty of exercises in Ring Fit Adventure that can help you stay in shape. (Source: IGDB)

You may probably be quite sceptical as to whether a video game can be healthy, but many of those who regularly play the game will vouch for it. To lose weight or build muscle, you have to put the effort in and if you cheat the game, you’ll only cheat yourself.

If you lower the level or intensity of the exercises, you can quickly complete a workout but if you play at a suitable level and put the effort in, you’ll start to see the benefits.

Like any other type of exercise, you need to do it regularly for it to have any lasting effect. The biggest advantage of Ring Fit Adventure is that you can do it when the gyms are closed.

In summary, Ring Fit Adventure will only be as effective as you make it, but it’s not that complicated to play so anyone can do it. The only real problem is that there isn’t a multiplayer mode so you’ll have to take turns.

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Now you should have a better idea of what Ring Fit Adventure is all about. If you’re going to use it a lot, you’ll certainly benefit from it. Of course, if you want even more help, consider hiring a private fitness tutor on Superprof!

Generally, tutorials are offered face-to-face or online to individuals or groups. Each type of training and tuition has its pros and cons so think carefully about which one would be right for you, your level, your fitness goals, and your budget.

Face-to-face fitness instructors can tailor each session to you and your level to ensure that you get the most out of every activity you do. Usually, this type of coaching is more costly than the others as you're paying for the tutor's time in and out of the sessions as well as the time and money they have to spend to get to you. Of course, with every minute focusing on you, this type of training is also the most cost-effective.

Group training sessions are great for those on a budget as you can spread out the cost of the instructor's time since every member of the class will be paying for the session. While this means that you won't be able to enjoy sessions that are tailored just to you, there will be other participants there and it can be motivating to exercise with others, especially if they're of a similar fitness level.

Thanks to the internet, online personal training sessions are also available. Much like with video games, your trainer will be behind a screen. Since they don't have to travel to their customers, they usually charge less as they don't have to worry about travel costs and can also schedule more sessions each week due to the time saved by not travelling.

Remember that a lot of the tutors and personal trainers on Superprof offer the first lesson or session for free. You can use these free sessions to try out several different fitness instructors or tutors before deciding on which one is right for you. With personal training, it's really important that you like your instructor and get on well with them as you'll be much more willing to do the strenuous exercises they want you to do.

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