FitWorld board game
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FitWorld Board Game is free and open-source DIY competitive board game. In the FitWorld Board Game you and your family and friends have fun while getting fit. The game is appropriate for children 3 and up, but adults will find that the game becomes more challenging with age. This game is open-source so you are encouraged to build on it, adapt it to your family's fitness level, make it better, add more exercises, and make more advanced derivatives. Have fun!
Making the Game
- Print out in color the main board (pages 1-4) and move pieces (page 5) File:FitworldMain board.pdf.
- If you print on cardstock then tape the main board (pages 1-4) as shown on the right. Then just cut out the move pieces with scissors.
- If you print on normal paper then trim the outer edge with scissors then use a glue stick to stick them to the back of cereal boxes, tape the main board together and cut out the move pieces.
- For a more durable game laminate everything (you can also skip the cardboard if you do this)
- Obtain an avatar for each player - these can be pieces from other games, small toys you already have around the house, coins, small origami, pebbles, strips of colored paper. If you have access to a RepRap you can print custom figurines or your 3-D print avatars like the pieces from Democratic Chess for a useful list see the derivatives here
Playing the Game
Synopsis: Your goal is to make it from the Start to the Jumping Jacks for the win first, while having fun and a little exercise along the way. This is primarily a game based on luck.
- Place the game board on a flat surface.
- Shuffle the move cards and place them in a pile face down within easy reach of all players.
- Each player picks an avatar and places it on the START button on the game board.
- The youngest player goes first and then you go around the game board clockwise.
- On your turn, draw one move card from the deck and then move your avatar as directed below. Do what the board spot says. Your turn is over. Place the card you used in the discard pile.
- When you draw a move card with a color circle, move your avatar forward to the first matching color circle on the path. If there are instructions follow them (e.g. touch your toes with your legs straight or eat a healthy snack like fruits or vegetables).
- When you draw a move card with a cartoon character on it, move your avatar forward (or backward!) on the path to the cartoon character circle on the board that matches the cartoon character on your card. Do the exercise on the cartoon characters spot:
- stand on one foot - balance for a count to your age.
- run in place - run around the game board and all players (or do squat runs in place equivalent to your age).
- situps - number equivalent to your age (can substitute crunches, planks or leg lifts)
- crab- do the crab walk around the game board and all the players (players can make this harder by moving out away from the game board or forcing the crab to crawl over them.
- jumps - high jumps (number to your age)
- jumping jacks - do the number of jumping jacks for the equivalent to your age (you win the game!)
- Always move in the direction of the path, unless the cartoon picture card is behind you then you to move backwards on the path.
- Two or more avatars may be on the some space at the same time.
- Shortcut: If you land on a colored circle with an an up arrow on it you can do pushups equivalent to your age to take the shortcut. (Adjust the exercise based on your fitness level: athletes that can easily do their age in pushups can make it a challenge by doing diamond pushups, fist pushups, fingertip pushups, clapping pushups, vertical pushups, one-armed pushups, or pushups with the youngest player sitting on your back (or if you are super strong - all players on your back), or if standard pushups are too challenging you can do knee pushups, or bent arm hovers for a count to your age.
- If you land on a couch potato spot you must draw a yellow circle to begin to move again (e.g. you lose your turn until you get a yellow).
- Play as above until a player reaches the final blue jumping jack spot. Do the jumping jacks equivalent to your age and you win the game!
This game is based on luck and can become never ending. To make it easier print out more colored circle cards but leave off the cartoon characters.
Improve the Game
If you like this game, please try to improve it. If you see red links above click on them and fill in the missing content. If you have new ideas about exercises or other ways you think we could change the game to make it more fun and a better experience for children and adults alike please edit the source below and upload new versions.
Board games normally cost $6-$25 and this game can be manufactured at home for less than a dollar. It is released under an open source GNU-FDL license so that it remains accessible to as many people as possible. You are free to make, change, or sell this game. However, any alterations you make must released back to the community with the same GNU-FDL license.
Fitness and Sustainability
Often what makes us healthy tend to keep the environment healthy and vice versa. The combination of a sedentary lifestyle and eating highly-processed foods that are fossil-fuel intensive and polluting are often a contributing factor in many of our most pervasive human health problems and chronic illnesses. This is a major problem even in the richest countries. For example the US CDC reports that 71% of adult Americans are overweight or obese . Eating fresh whole plant-based foods grown using sustainable methods (sustainable agriculture, is not only good for the planet but can increase our health. Improving your physical fitness enables you to also have a smaller ecological footprint (e.g. biking to work rather than driving a car). Prioritizing fitness helps us to look, feel, and be healthier while helping conserve the natural world. The FitWorld board game gives parents a chance to get some exercise with their children while teaching them about healthy snacks and demonstrating an active lifestyle that prevents obesity. The variable difficulty exercises are meant to challenge anyone of any fitness level to get a fun workout in while playing what is normally sedentary games.