I received a copy of Ringfit Adventure at Christmas, Nintendo's newest fitness game that aims to make fitness fun. And even though I believed its claims - every review I read or watched on Youtube attested to as much - I didn't actually remove it from its box until, well, two days ago.
See, there was always a convenient excuse. I'm quite busy with cons throughout the year and travelling to different events usually involves lots of food away from home, lots of drinking and very little time for fitness. So, y'know, where's the point in starting a fitness regime if i'm going to Japan in a few weeks, right? And where's the point in starting in February when I have Secret Cinema around the corner. And then there's MCM Birmingham right after that, in March. Silly getting into it only to blow it all on post-convention Nandos, right? I'll do it some other time, when I have more time.
And then, well, 2020 got into full swing, didn't it, and gave us all far more time than we'd ever hoped for. Lockdown happened, every event and convention I had planned got cancelled, and suddenly I started running out of excuses.
On May 4th, the force was very much with me, and I finally picked up the box and strapped the joycon to my leg and started my Ringfit Adventure. And, guys, it really is very fun! I initially set it to level 2 because I'm a baby and selected a 'casual workout', but after two days of being kinda-sorta out of breath, I upped it to a moderate workout at level 8 and started again. I repeated World 1 and 2 and boy, oh boy, did I feel it this time. I'm incredibly unfit! BUT, not for much longer!
The game is great. It combines aspects of an RPG with HIIT-style training. So, you'll jog on the spot to progress through levels and attack enemies using various exercise moves, all the while collecting coins and powerups and all the other goodies you'd expect to find in an adventure game. It doesn't get boring, which is something I really struggle with while running or doing aerobics. You're too distracted with the course, with the powerups and with the bad guys. By the time you've progressed through a world, you're sweating buckets and you've not once glanced at the clock. It's great.
My goal is to lose 3 stone and 3 lbs. My weight has crept up and up the past few years and I really don't know why. As an artist/blogger/gamer/insert sedentary lifestyle-er, I'm putting it down to lack of exercise, as I eat and drink pretty much the same as I ever did (in fact, I drink a lot less cider than I did at Uni!)
Losing those 3 stone and 3 lbs would get me back down to my Uni weight, and I'd like that very much indeed, right now! I don't think I'll ever get to my thinnest ever - I can't imagine being a UK size 10 again - and I've made my peace with that, even though I did shed a tear as I threw away my lovely H&M skirts, corduroy flares and raver pants!
I'll be updating my blog here of my fitness journey, and I'm excited to share it with you all! I truly hope the game keeps me entertained for long enough to reach my goal, and considering they've just updated it with a new rhythm game and various extras, I'm sure that will be the case!
Hi! I'm Selena an artist, blogger and gamer!
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