In case you’ve been living under a rock the last year or so, the Switch is Nintendo’s latest console.
Switch = Exercising Anywhere!
The great thing about the Switch for us epic-fitness-gamers is that unlike other home consoles, the Switch is completely portable! Take it anywhere you go just like a 3DS, a Vita, or your phone.
I’ve previously blogged about exercising while playing Hearthstone on my phone, but being able to play full console games everywhere is sooooo awesome!
The Switch is handy for exercising because it’s portable and can be played while standing up, laying down, on any chair and in any room. Even outside!
Switch = Quick Exercise!
This location liberation not only makes exercise convenient (like if you don’t want to exercise in front of family members in the living room) but also negates the need for preparation (like equipment, space, etc.). Just grab your Switch, yourself, and go anywhere!
I use it to exercise in the living room before the house wakes up, in another room or my bedroom after everyone wakes up, in the kitchen and in my backyard.
Switch = Exercising While Playing!!!
Since we’re holding it in our hands (or at least controllers) it’s most convenient for leg and ab workouts. BUT that doesn’t mean you can’t get some arms in there during loading/queueing times as well!
I’ve been really into Zelda: Breath of the Wild since the Switch’s release, and what else am I going to do with all of that climbing?? Climbing doesn’t take a lot of concentration, and is time consuming. May as do some squats while I’m at it!
Steps to Exercising with the Switch:
- Upper body –
- Just set out some weights next to wherever you are
- During the next loading screen/matchmaking queue, set down your controllers, grab your weights, and do as many reps as you can until the game is ready for you!
- Typical options are: Bicep curls, Tricep extensions, Military Press, Lateral Raises
- Abs –
- Lie on your back, sides, or stomach, holding the Switch
- Typical options are: Leg raises (both while laying on back and each side), Plank (both on stomach and sides), Bridges, Hip Lifts (on each side)
- Grab a nice spongy yoga mat if you need one!
- Lower Body –
- Stand wherever you are comfortable!
- Typical options are: Squats, Calf raises, Leg lifts (fronts, both sides, and behind for butt), Side Bends