It’s that time of the year when the line for an elliptical machine at your local gym stretches a bit longer thanks to freshly motivated folks who’ve resolved to start 2013 by shedding pounds and shaping up. Why wait to work out, or even leave your living room, when you can get your heart rate up at home with these recently released fitness games?
Nike+ Kinect Training
(Microsoft, for Xbox 360, $49.99)
This is probably the closest you can get to a personal trainer coming over to your place without added expense or intimidation. Brought to you by the swooshy shoemaker, “Nike+ Kinect Training” is essentially a four-week exercise program centered on three goals: get lean, get strong or get toned. The camera-based Kinect system does an impressive job detecting motion in personalized cardio drills. The graphics and interface are slick, and the virtual trainers are actually helpful, though their repetitive prerecorded motivation will eventually become tiresome.