As some of you may know, I started working out using the Xbox/Kinect Your Shape workout program a few months ago. After a minor toe injury (what I lovingly refer to as my Xbox Toe) and a bit more of a major ankle/foot/arch injury, I took a couple weeks off. I also broke down and bought some decent workout shoes.
Then summer break happened and my nice scheduled kid-free mornings evaporated and there was a serious lack of routine. I still manage to workout two or three times a week and I am still enjoying it but I do have some issues with the program. It lacks a certain realistic quality. I have come up with some ways to make the program more realistic as well as to level the playing field between me and my virtual workout instructor.
First off the instructor is lacking in a few key areas. She/He needs to be provided some of the challenges I have to work around:
Two Kids (who):
- Flail around in the workout space, confusing the Kinect to no end
- Make me laugh and mess up when I am suppose to be focusing on stomping on imaginary panels that light up
- Drop toys/pillows/blankets off the couch onto the floor behind me causing me to trip while jumping rope
- Need drinks of milk/a snack/help with the bathroom/other various things kids tend to need
A Dog (who):
- Lounges in my way
- Occasionally stretches out in front of me so that when I am kicking virtual soccer balls for two minutes, he cringes as if I am almost, but not quite, kicking him. It is a long two minutes for the both of us when this happens.
A Cat (who):
- Tries to climb onto my burning abs to take a nap while I am struggling to complete eight reps of pulsing crunches
- May or may not have successfully taken a drink from my glass of water on the floor. I can’t be sure but her head has gotten fully inside the glass several times leaving me looking at my water rather suspiciously
In the Miscellaneous Category:
- Instead of her virtual soft and clean floor she needs some carpet that provides her with rug burnt elbows during the Up & Down Plank and no matter how often she vacuums it, still has pet hair and pine needles
- An innate lack of coordination with mild balance issues thrown in for good measure
- Mom guilt for working out for an hour during which time her kids are glued to the t.v. This has to count as “screen time” right?
and last but not Least:
- Unruly underwear that creep and require tugging back into its proper place several times throughout the workout. I have seriously considered going commando but my modesty and proper upbringing have not allowed me to do so.
I think these simple additions will add a realistic quality to the entire experience. Or at least it would make me feel better.