[This post is sponsored by Goji Play.]
When I first got a treadmill and an exercise bike, I figured I could just plop them down in front of a TV and the time would time fly. I mean, I hate exercising, but I love watching TV. This was a great plan!!
So why didn’t it work? For some reason, watching TV did not make exercise time go faster. And my treadmill and bike did not get used much. And when I did use them, I grumbled and complained about how much I hated exercise.
I guess TV just wasn’t enough to occupy my mind. It was too passive. I could pay total attention to the show, and still have plenty of brain space left over to think about how boring exercise is.
The Goji Play 2 system has helped a lot with the boredom. I’m not sure I agree with the box’s claim that it will make 30 minutes of exercise seem like 5, but how about 15? Cutting my perceived workout time in half is definitely a win.
How Goji Play 2 Works
Goji Play 2 comes with two controllers. If you’re using an exercise machine with handles, like an exercise bike, the controllers attach to the handles. If you’re using something where you move your arms, like on a treadmill, you can keep the controllers on the little batons that they come with.
After downloading the free app and a few games, registering for a free account, and syncing the controllers via Bluetooth, I was ready to go.
The first time I decided to try Goji Play 2, I was in my regular clothes – a sweater and jeggings. I wasn’t actually going to exercise, I thought I could just sit at my dining room table and use it.
I started with Super Moto X, a racing game. But whatever I tried, I couldn’t get my little guy to move! I could get him going for a few seconds with a turbo boost by pressing a button, but once that was out he stopped again. I could get him to change lanes, but he still wasn’t going anywhere. I was totally confounded. I started googling, and complaining to my husband that the game wasn’t working, but I wasn’t finding a solution online.
And then it dawned on me: Does the game know that I’m sitting at a table not actually moving? I went up one floor to my exercise bike and strapped the controllers onto the handles. Sure enough, by pedaling I could get the guy moving! Duh.
Honestly, I’m not sure HOW it knows that I’m moving. When I’m on an exercise bike, it’s not like the handles are moving. It made more sense when I tried it on my treadmill, holding the controllers in my hands – as I pumped my arms the game characters moved. (I only walked on the treadmill – I would not feel comfortable jogging while doing something this interactive. I don’t have that kind of coordination!)
And while there isn’t a perfect correlation with my exercise bike between my speed and my character’s speed, getting my character moving had me pumping my legs way harder than I ever did while watching an episode of Mad Men.
So once I had that key (and, I admit, rather obvious) piece of information figured out, I tried out a couple more games. Smash the Blocks and Spin or Die were both fun. And I soon regretted trying all of this in my regular clothes, because within minutes I was sweating.
On the Goji Play 2 app you can switch from an elliptical machine to a treadmill to a stair stepper to an exercise bike. You can also choose an intensity from low, medium, and high.
And in the free GojiVerse app, you can see things like your activity (which games you played, for how long) and calories burned, and connect with friends. You can also see what kinds of little awards you’ve earned, like one little Goji Play coin for each minute you move.
There are only five or six games available now, but there will be about three times as many by the end of this month. I’m especially looking forward to the trivia game, because that’s much more my thing. (Incidentally, all of these games can be played without the controllers too, if you’re bored.)
My daughter tried it out and thinks it’s fun. Being a kid and having a phone in her hand practically all the time, she caught on quickly and was doing better than I had been. Kids today… You can see video of kids using Goji Play 2 here.
She wants to download Goji Play to her phone and use it whenever she wants, and I said sure. With the weather getting colder, and her getting bored easily, this will be a great outlet for her almost endless energy.
After using it for a week my conclusion is this: Exercise will go faster using Goji Play. Fast enough that I’ll keep using it? I hope so, because it’s definitely more fun than just putting on a TV.
I think the Goji Play system would make a great gift for someone who has some exercise equipment that isn’t getting used, or for someone who wants to get her family moving in the cold weather.
Be aware that you need fairly new devices to use Goji Play 2.0 – you can check the requirements on their site.
And from now until January 31st, 2016, you can get $10 off of Goji Play 2, plus free shipping, when you purchase from the Goji Play website using my referral code: AMYO10 (note: that’s the letter “O” then a “1”, then the number “0.”).
You can follow along how other people are using Goji Play 2 with the hashtag #GetUpAndGojiPlay, and see more real-life Goji Play 2 action on their Kids Activities Blog.
This blog post was sponsored by Blue Goji but the opinions are completely my own based on my experience.