As a new year approaches, so do the New Year’s resolutions, many of which are centered around getting fit. Hundreds of thousands of people resolve to get fit this January face common obstacles, including lack of motivation to continue a fitness program long-term and disinterest in exercise. Blue Goji aims to change all that with an innovative fitness solution called Goji Play.
With more than two-thirds of Americans overweight or obese, regular physical activity has become more important than ever. But, few have the desire or motivation to make the time to incorporate at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity into their weekly routine as recommended by many organizations.
In fact, up to 52 percent of people say that time is their biggest obstacle to being fit according to Blue Goji. Instead, more Americans are choosing to use this time to entertain themselves on their tablet with the myriad games available in the App Store or Play Store. Goji Play aims to take this game play from the couch to the gym.
Seeing a need for a fitness solution that makes physical activity more fun and immersive, video game veterans, and creators of the hit series Guitar Hero, Kai and Charles Huang, teamed with founder of OpenLink Coleman Fung to create Goji Play.
Goji Play is an interactive fitness device that can be used with any piece of cardio equipment. The kit comes with wireless game controllers, an activity sensor to track fitness metrics, the Goji Play App with eight compatible games and batons to attach the controllers to when walking or running on a treadmill. In addition, it can connect to My Fitness Pal to track your activity goals. All you need is your iPad, iPhone or iPod to get started.
The controllers that attach to your cardio equipment contain two buttons each, which makes game play pretty simple. The activity sensor monitors your movement and integrates this into some of the games you play on the system.
When I first received my Goji Play unit from Blue Goji I was skeptical that it would offer any additional motivation to work harder. As someone who participates in intense physical activity regularly, I believed it would be a novel experience but wouldn’t change much during my workout. However, first time I used it I was surprised when I checked the time expecting to see that I had exercised for maybe 10 minutes to discover I had already clocked 30 minutes.
I found the games, especially those that involved racing, kept my mind occupied and my body motivated to compete. I particularly liked the games that incorporated movement, so the game and workout were connected. I found myself pedaling harder to stay ahead of the other racers, which turned my cardio workout into a high-intensity pursuit.
The drawbacks of the system are that there is no way to attach your Apple device to your fitness equipment included in the box, so you may need to get creative to do so. In addition, the system costs $99, which may be cost prohibitive for some.
The bottom line: If you need extra motivation to workout, or want a way to change up your normal exercise routine Goji Play is worth a try. Who knows, it may be just the thing you need to actually keep your New Year’s resolution to get fit this year.