Playing Retro Video Games Can Make You Less Blubbery

atari fit app

In an attempt to A) win over the fitness crowd and B) help overweight gamers shed a few spare tires, Atari Fit offers more than 150 exercise programs for its users. As your fitness level progresses you’re able to unlock games like Pong, Super Breakout, and Centipede. Track a run, guilt a custom routine, and share your stats with nerd friends to remind them that you’re training hard and they’re eating Funyons in their parent’s basement. You can play solo or join a workout group — whatever moves your joystick. There’s even an online leaderboard that allows you to show your pudgy nerd friends just how badass you are at Centipede (and how many pounds you’ve dropped).

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Now the bad news: You’ll probably only use the app for up to six months before you forget all about it. Well, that’s the trend for about 1/3 of U.S. consumers, anyway, according to a study from Endeavour Partners that found fitness apps (and bracelets) aren’t utilized over the long haul.  On the bright side, those fit bands make terrific paper weights.