(Photographer: Michal Zacharzewski)

For those of you that don’t know, the Nintendo Wii (pictured above, to the left of the TV), the Xbox Kinect, and the Playstation Move are video game systems that are played by moving and jumping around, not by using a controller. While using these devices you’ll find yourself sweating and breathing heavily. (Remember: we said to burn calories you require more oxygen to fuel the fires in your muscles!)

Our opinion: These devices are not a perfect replacement for “regular” exercise (jogging, biking, swimming, etc.), but they are pretty darn good!

The Wii, Kinect, and Move can all be used by children and adults to burn those calories.

We’re serious about this. If you can fit in “regular” exercise to your routine then please do so, but if not these video game systems are a great alternative.

If you have a friend with one, try it out. Or if you’re ready to take the plunge it’s hard to find better prices for all these devices than Amazon.com