EA Sports Active (with Bob Greene)
Cost: $60; EA Sports
Setting: You create an avatar who mimics your moves in a computer-animated background that includes sunlit lawns and wooded paths.
The Experience: Daily workouts incorporate resistance training, aerobic exercise, and a few fun activities like batting practice and tennis. You place one part of the Wii remote in a leg strap during lunges and squats so that the virtual trainer can critique your form; a resistance band allows you to increase the intensity of your upper-body workouts.
Fun: There's a seemingly endless variety of workouts and fitness games.
Caveat: Shifting the Wii controller back and forth from your hand to the leg strap can be distracting.
Jillian Michaels' Fitness Ultimatum 2009
Cost: $40; Majesco Entertainment
Setting: You create an avatar who represents you as you navigate through a jungle filled with exercise challenges.
The Experience: The tried-and-true aerobic and strength-training routines are unlikely to hold anyone's interest for long, but the games are a different story: They include logrolling, kayaking, and tossing cannonballs at targets—games so engrossing that you may not realize how hard you've been working until you're sweat-soaked and an hour has slipped by.
Fun: The games have a multiplayer option so that you can compete against your family or friends.
Caveat: The onscreen instructions sometimes leave out crucial information, and the avatar can be slow in responding to your movements.