Looking for something to keep you active? Thinking about getting in shape this year but find the lure of gaming too hard to resist? Worry not, because with Switch it's easy to mix your favourite pastime with a little cardiovascular exercise to get your blood pumping. Below we've collected our picks of the best Switch games for fitness and exercise.
Of course, it goes without saying (though we'll say it anyway) that you'll need to combine these games with a balanced diet and the sessions of more taxing exercise if you really want to feel great and benefit from a dynamite bod with a washboard stomach, rock-hard pecs, etc., but Switch has a whole host of games and software aimed at getting you off the couch. The console's portability also means there's no need to skip a session when you're away from home, either. So, no excuses!
Whether dedicated fitness software or games with motion controls that get you moving, the Nintendo Switch games below should get your blood pumping and help you get into shape at any time of the year. So, grab those Joy-Con and get on your feet for the best Switch games for fitness and (non-stationary) fun...
Ring Fit Adventure (Switch)
Nintendo's latest entry in the fitness games genre succeeds in properly gamifying exercise where Wii Fit never quite hit the mark. If you're a gym addict you probably shouldn't throw out your membership card just yet, but for everyone else looking to get fitter, Ring Fit Adventure is a fantastic way to do it that won't bore you senseless. Play it properly and you'll definitely feel it the next morning – a sure sign that it's at least doing you some good – while the compelling adventure mode with its RPG elements will ensure that you'll keep coming back for more.
A brilliant meld of fitness and fun, stock shortages have made it difficult to track down for the last couple of months, but keep an eye out as Nintendo gradually replenishes stock.
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Fitness Boxing (Switch)
Fitness Boxing and its sequel (see below) are positioned as lifestyle apps – software to tide you over while you’re on holiday and can’t get to your Boxercise/Body Combat class. In that capacity, they're breezy, energetic successes that get your blood pumping. For the one-time price of a month’s gym membership, they deliver some light CV and takes pointers from the Just Dance series (and various rhythm games) to provide a convenient and engaging workout as you box to the beat. It’s no substitute for hard hours at the gym, but there’s certainly potential to tone up those arms and shed a few pounds.
Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise (Switch)
Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise adds very little to the foundation of its predecessor but if you don't already own the original, it's still a fine alternative to the more intense workout Ring Fit Adventure offers. Fitness Boxing, with its rhythm-based gameplay, is a markedly different proposition and might suit your situation better (the Ring-Con is a little inconvenient to throw in your travel bag!). It would be a mistake to buy this thinking you’re getting a game or some magical antidote to your spare tyre. However, it kept us coming back for more and if you’re after a reason to justify cancelling that direct debit to Gold’s, either one of the Fitness Boxings will get your blood pumping and keep you on your toes, especially while you're away from home.
Just Dance 2022 (Switch)
It's Just Dance, and it does what it says on the tin. Just Dance 2022 won't win any prizes for innovation, but it's another solid iteration of the formula with a decent new song list to boot. You’ll want to be subscribed to Just Dance Unlimited to get the most out of your purchase, and if you've already got Just Dance 2021 or Just Dance 2020 or Just Dance 2019 or Just Dance 2018 or Just Dance 2017, it's probably not worth picking this up as well unless you're assembling a Just Dance collection on the shelf (and it's also worth noting that Just Dance 2023 Edition is now available, though physical editions come with a download code instead of a cartridge). Newcomers to the series won’t find a better experience points-based dance game out there. Grab a Joy-Con, get on the floor and... you know what to do. Jiggling about to chart-toppers with costumed dancers doesn't get much better.
Zumba Burn it Up! (Switch)
Also known as Just Dance Without The Unnerving Bleached-Out Mannequins, Zumba Burn It Up! is exclusive to the Nintendo Switch and plays very similar to the Just Dance games in that the Joy-Con track your movements as you follow the on-screen instructions. You dance along with one of the game’s real-life instructors with the aim of burning off as many calories as possible, and you can do so with a partner in Fitness Party mode. Full Class mode offers workouts lasting from 15-60 minutes, so there's definitely scope to burn some calories here, but as with all the software on this list you only get out what you put in, so the onus is on you to commit. Go on - grab those sweatpants and get down.
Not an exercise game per se, ARMS is still an excellent way to work up a sweat with its motion controlled-fisticuffs. The core fighting mechanics are easy to grasp, but they also showcase the kind of depth which rewards dedicated players. Mixing up light and charged punches with your dashes and leaps allows you to create an almost balletic style of play, but add in grabs, stuns and features unique to each stage and you've got a truly formidable foundation for burning a few calories and toning up your... arms.
Collecting all the different Arms provides motivation to keep coming back and although the game arguably failed to find an audience — certainly not on the scale of super hit Splatoon 2, which came out the same year — it's still polished, addictive and immensely rewarding and well worth grabbing.
Jump Rope Challenge (Switch eShop)
A surprise drop on the Switch eShop from Nintendo, Jump Rope Challenge is a free game that has you (and a friend, if you've got a willing one of those) grabbing a Joy-Con and jumping over a pretend rope as many times as possible. The game was made by Nintendo staff working from home and is designed to help keep you active when you're cooped up indoors. It was originally a limited time release only available to download until September 2020, but it got a reprieve and is now available 'until further notice'. Zoink!
Is it the most in-depth video game ever created? Obviously not, but it's cute, it'll get your pulse racing, and it's totally, utterly free to download. You really can't go wrong! If you're still not convinced, why not let our lovely resident video man Alex give you a short demonstration...
And the best of the rest!
If you're after something that gets you on your feet, there other games that'll get you off the couch, even if they won't have you breaking a sweat. Mario Tennis Aces has a Joy-Con control option a la waggle classic Wii Sports. Again, Swing Mode won't exactly provide a workout that'll get your biceps bulging, and you'll lose the shot accuracy you get from an analogue stick, but it'll get you and yours moving while having a laugh as you knock balls back and forth.
There's also 1-2-Switch which encourages you not only to stand up but also look your opponent in the eyes rather than look at the TV screen. No, you won't be burning too many calories by quick-drawing and firing your 'gun' at your gran, but at the very least the movement should keep you alert and on your toes. It should be noted that 1-2-Switch only really works in a party-style context, though. The game otherwise struggles to justify its status as a full-price retail release, but if you catch it on sale and you've got the right crowd, it can still be a winner. Plus, we know you've been dying to try out that HD rumble ice cube thing since Switch launched.
That's all for now, although we'll update this selection as and when more 'exer-tainment' titles arrive on Switch. Think we've missed something? Let us know below and tell us how you've got on with the titles above, too.
This article is one of our Switch Essentials guides which cover a wide variety of genres, including the Best Switch FPS Games, the Best Switch RPGs, the Best Switch Games For Kids, the Best Switch Couch Co-Op Games and the Best Switch Fitness and Exercise Games. We can also help out hunting down the Best Switch Horror Games, the Best Switch Racing Games, the Best Switch Action-RPGs, the Best Nintendo Switch Roguelikes, Roguelites and Run-Based Games, the Best Free Switch Games, the Best Remakes And Remasters, the Best Switch Music And Rhythm Games, Best Feel-Good Switch Games, Best Switch Open-World Games, Best Switch Soulslike Games, Best LGBTQ+ Switch Games, and even Games to Play After You've Finished Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
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Just picked up ring fit adventure, looking forward to trying it out.
Since when is a million sold a bad number ?that's great for any game .And it's a New I.P that mostly appeals to motion control fans like that's crazy good.I get what yor saying but this is what im saying.
I've been looking for Ring Fit Adventure for weeks but it's sold out everywhere here in the UK!
I am a fan of the Fitness Boxing game myself. It's an easy one to get into, all you need is a couple of joycons and I thought it was a lot of fun.
Daemon x Machina tries to cramp my hands with its frantic gameplay. Surely this should be included? 😋
Did the first level of Ring Fit and I was impressed. Looking forward to more of the adventure. This and labo really show great variety that the console can bring. Never tried arms but might pick it up at some point.
Ring Fit is really great
I'll just stay fat, no thanks.
I’d personally add Mario Party to this.
The arguments, the children (and me) screaming whilst in the heat of a frantic mini game and all the excitement seems to feel like a mini workout to me every time we play as a family.
Arms has this same effect when we play four player. I just wish joy-cons were cheaper. My wallet is getting too thin, Nintendo!
Got a copy of Ring Fit for Christmas. Fantastic little exercise game, with just enough 'real game' to it to motivate me to keep coming back to it. And, unlike Wii Fit, it's actually a real exercise if you do the exercises like you should.
@ShaiHulud Completely up to you whether you trust this site, but I have purchased from Coolshop before, who currently have the game in stock.
Super Beat Sports deserves an honourable mention, as well as Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games since Mario Tennis Aces was mentioned. Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun is a lot of work on my arms too. I’m glad you included Zumba Burn It Up though, that game has gotten zero hype since it’s release and is probably one of the most effective games in this category on the Switch.
I didn't get Ring Fit Adventure for Christmas so I'm back to Fitness Boxing.
I'm still using ring fit. Just beat it. Only lost 5 lbs since diet is better to lose weight.
Nintendo Switch needs Dance Dance Revolution as Rhythm & Exercise game.
Ah yes, nothing says exercise like 1-2 switch
Ring fit is great.
(Don't disrespect others opinions, please. - Matthew010)
All you need is Ring Fit. Nothing more.....
As far as health games go anyway.
I've been using both Fitness Boxing and Ring Fit for my cardio needs. Did a 35 minute workout last night with fitness boxing and today I am sore. Ring Fit wears me out too. I use these alongside a total gym and I'm enjoying it. I feel like I'm getting a good workout like I use to get back when I had access to free weights at my parents house. (Years ago)(dad has like a full gym in his basement). Like any exercise it's on you to maintain and keep up with it. Not getting to crazy with my diet just yet but I'm cutting out fast food as much as possible and taking a lunch with me to work.
Those two games are great alternatives to going to a gym and you get to do it at home. Ring Fit helps with motivation and should encourage people to come back to it. Most people start exercising but never make it a habit. These games should help create a habit of exercising and being mindful of health.
Big fan of Ring Fit Adventure. Actually developed a bit of muscle on my arms and legs thanks to the game and have been more active in my life than I have been in a long time. After this holiday break I really intend to go back to it.
Zumba looks irksome due to the non-silhouetted dancers who constantly glare at the camera with their perpetual cheshire cat grins. I don't know why anyone would want to feel like they're being stared at by strangers when playing games like these.
And while 1-2 Switch is motion-based, most of the activities do not require any particularly vigorous movement, so it's hardly worth recommending for the purposes of keeping one active. Frankly, I think one would get more of a workout playing Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee or Super Mario Party instead.
Yesterday I had a hangover 🤢. Today I’ve got a cold 🤧. I’ll be lucky to see February at this rate.
For me personally I prefer Fitness Boxing over Ring Fit Adventure based on that FB actually stayed with me and became a rutine.
RFA is too much hassle with the leg strap and ring con, calibrating and navigating menus using motion controls. Fun at first and has a better presentation but became an extra mental hurdle in the long run.
Sometimes simpler is better and Fitness Boxing proved that.
Ring Fit Adventure takes 5 minutes to set up. Fitness boxing is 30 seconds.
@Zimon I'm the opposite. Ring Fit has way more incentive for me to return. Just exercising for me is boring but make a game out if it where I can level up and unlock useful combat stuff or gear for my character while letting me switch up what parts I'm working out has been awesome. I found the motion controls in Fitness boxing to be imprecise and just unlocking out fits for freaky robot sounding trainers to be unmotivating. Also music in Ring Fit is way better for me.
Still either game existing is good. Whatever helps you work out. Ring Fit works way better for me tho
@tendonerd good for you! is there much in the way of post-game content? Really enjoying it so far (on day 31, world 6) but a little concerned there won't be much to do once I've completed the main game.
Got Ring Fit for Christmas. I guess the fact that I'm always sweating afterwards and feeling sore is a good sign? Great game overall, except that the ring character admires the 'beauty and shininess' of my sweat a bit too much...
@Anti-Matter why. It’s my opinion. I think they should ban these terrible dance games
@Matthew010 Thanks for the tip! I'm on the fence about the website though to be honest, as I've never heard of it and most customer reviews seem sketchy at best. Would have ordered something cheaper, but 75 quid is quite steep for a first order.
@EdScissorshands there's a new game plus afterward where the enemies are tougher. There's already not enough courses for the game so it always felt like I was already doing a new game plus having to do the same courses disguised as new courses.
@ShaiHulud Fair enough. In my opinion, it is still a good option if you can't find it anywhere else! I hope you find it soon!
@La-weejee Games shouldn't be banned just because some people don't like them. People such as Anti-Matter find these games hugely enjoyable and there will be games you like that he wants banned. Everyone likes different things and we shouldn't have choice taken away just because some people don't like the genre.
@tendonerd yeah feel you there. Cool, at least there's something to do once the game is over. Thanks for letting me know - hopefully, we'll get some DLC announced in the next few months with additional exercises & levels.
@EdScissorshands not sure if we'd ever get dlc since they're concerned with selling it to people. Then again it sold out in Japan where they might have less space to go out and run. Here in the us there are lots of trails and even exercise trails with basic equipment.
@tendonerdyeah perhaps you're right - I was under the impression that it had sold fairly well, but can see that it might be too much effort to put together DLC if Nintendo thinks it won't sell particularly well. I'm based in the UK (London) and there are plenty of options for exercising outside or gyms, however, it's too cold for outside excerise atm and I can't stand gyms so really hoping I can use Ring Fit for the long haul.
@Matthew010 I'll certainly keep it in mind if the stock shortage lasts longer than my patience does Thanks for your help, appreciated!
@ShaiHulud You're welcome!
@Matthew010 I guess you didn’t understand where I was going with my opinion. He is someone who is always asking for games (mature) to be banned. Thank you sir even if it didn’t help the situation with you edited message.
@La-weejee In Anti-Matter's defence he's been better with the "no mature games" mindset, so I don't really think it's fair to make fun of him for that.
Clearly, it's Wii Sports! Wait...they didn't make that yet? Alexa, play "For the Damaged Coda"
@Chris77 Arms is meh, could take it or leave it. It's kinda just grabbing people and staying far, far away from them. Hey, it's just like Brawl!
Yeah, especially with how bored you'll be after 5 seconds. Wait, what do you mean being bored doesn't count as exercise?
Jump Rope Challenge... Did not agree with my knee
@dartmonkey Fitness Boxing 2 deserves to be on this list.
I still haven't bought Ring Fit Adventures. 😅
I will try to buy on this year.
I wish Dance Dance Revolution returns on consoles. 😔
Having tried most of these, I’d say fitness boxing is actually the most engaging and effective. Of course, they all require you to actually put in effort... but if you do, FB provides the most cardio and strength building benefit.
I’ve been training in martial arts fir most of my life and the combos and moves in FB are pretty legit and actually is helping me to maintain some training during quarantine.
I really liked RingFit but found it a bit boring after a while and actually a bit straining on some muscle groups and joints due to the excessive repetition of some of the exercises... and not in a good way. You need balance in working out and this game can get a bit funny.
Good article. My workout is to play super Mario 64 or world and do 20 press-ups after getting each star xxx
@Kalmaro I'd like to know what you think.
@ShaiHulud TESCO have them!!! I was looking for it too and randomly found Tesco stock lots of them (no one thinks to look there!!)
@GX_64 bummer. I wonder if you can do all the fancy jumps without the rope in the way. That would make it worth it. Do you know?
@Joe-b It works! It works so well that I actually stopped using it because I was not expecting to be so sore, haha.
I need to get back into it, I'll admit that I was feeling good and breaking a sweat.
Wow! That's great! Maybe I'll check it out! Thanks for the info!
Bought ring fit at launch and managed to get back down to my ideal weight. Great product but once animal crossing hit I stopped playing. Put back almost all the weight i lost thanks to the holidays so I decided to fire it back up and the game is killing me! Seriously, my legs and abs do not want to work today.
I own Ring Fit, but the Fitness Boxing series is what keeps me coming back.
One issue I notice with FB2, for those who haven't purchased it yet, is that there appear to be some lag issues with registering punches when things get too hectic, which leads to some false OK and Missed counts. I plan on contacting them, as I can't imagine FB2 patch requests are big out there. Still, though, I don't think there's much better out there. A 40 minute FB workout is some good home cardio.
Huge fan of thw Wii Fit series. Had plus and U as well. So I obviously dived in into Fitness Boxing 1 & 2 , Ring Fit Adv , Jump Rope. None of them were quite as compelling but all enjoyable and interesting. Particularly Ring Fit Adv..
I never thought of ARMS and Mario Tennis Aces as fitness but have occassionally worked up a sweat on ARMs!
@Anti-Matter i need modern home DDR options. Stupidly sold my Cobalt Fluxes, modded PS2, and US and imported JP games for cheap a few years ago when I was living in an apartment and had to make space. /regret
You trying to tell me something, NL?!
I also like the yoga master software. It gets my heart rate up if I do a bunch of challenging poses in a row.
I really need to find a new jam. I was very dedicated to RFA, like top 10 rank in my age group on a bunch of the moves, but I haven't been able to run or do squats since I injured my leg a few months ago, I'm thinking about trying Fitness Boxing as a replacement. I do like Zumba, but it's likely to be just as bad for my leg as RFA is.
I drifted away from Ring Fit Adventure. I couldn't get the leg strap to stay in place and it's a bit too gamified for me. However, I just did a couple of songs on the first Fitness Boxing for the first time in ages and I'm still quite impressed with it. Good for a rainy day when I can't go for a walk.
@Chimaj I got to say, I got the sequel and its pretty cool, lot of upgrades and there are free no mercy DLC versions of the characters released, they just sound little angry but not so much.
Baila Latino is definitely worth a mention. Very similar to Just Dance but very low budget. If your short on cash and bored of all the Just Dance demos (and Jump Rope Challenge) you can download this for less than £10 and it comes with free DLC.
Personally, I think the Just Dance games are the best for fitness/exercise. I especially like the ones for the Wii.
@ShaiHulud Try Shopto, ordered it yesterday.
The world would be happier place if everyone did at least a little bit of fitness.
For me, knockout home fitness is much better than fitness boxing
Here's a bit of a stretch. Skyward Sword HD, but you have to stand up and play.
The Fitness Boxing series is good as is Ring Fit Adventure (the real pick here for me).
I like ARMs but don't use it as a fitness game. I don't consider Mario Tennis Aces or 1-2 Switch fitness games either at all. Though I like both as well.
I only ever played Jump Rope Challenge twice. I will look it up again at some point.
I've never been tempted to purchase the other games in your feature tbf, lol.
Amongst my most played games of all time were the Wii Fit series games of Wii Fit, Wii Fit Plus & Wii Fit U. Similarly Wii Sports and it's brilliant sequel "Resort". I miss those days, ha.
I just finally picked up RFA again after a good while since I first bought it, played one stage, then put it down, telling myself I would go back to it eventually. I just finished beating the first world, and I'm making a more concentrated effort to play this twice a day for 5 days a week, before and after work.
More like FITNESS WHOLE PIZZA IN MY MOUTH!
Jokes aside, try Active Life: Outdoor Challenge. It's a game from Bandai Namco, Fun and family friendly, with a variety of modes.
You really work up a sweat on medium, and flood the house with sweat on hard.
@Dman10 You misspelled "putting it the effort to keep the lovely curves of a plus-size model #bodypositive #fitphobic ".
That's a good thing, by all means keep misspelling it. At least it's honest.
Ring Fit still seems to be the only game on this list worth getting.
Best option would be to go on a long jog or a walk, bring your Switch, and play Smash Bros at the same time, I think.
(Don't try this at home while alone, kids, I'm joking)
ARMS is the best, I play almost every day and despite it not being super popular it's always got lots of people to play against online. That was a good list, but a couple extras I can think of would be Bowling in Clubhouse Games Switch, and if you play Splatoon 2 with motion controls it's a little bit of exercise or at least better than sitting on the couch like most games.
BRING BACK WII FIT AND WII SPORTS!!!
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