With the everyday crazy and the times that we live in, it can be hard for people to find a way to get their daily exercise in, let alone children. Physical activity is vital for everyone, but especially kids. Plus, there's no better way for them to expel that extra energy. Thankfully, Nintendo has Ring Fit Adventure for the Switch, and it's one of our favorite ways to exercise at home. But are children able to use the Ring-Con and Leg Strap accessories to play Ring Fit Adventure as well?
Yes, children can use the Ring-Con and Leg Strap
In order to play Ring Fit Adventure, you will need the Ring-Con and Leg Strap accessories that come with the physical game — otherwise, you won't be able to play. Don't worry; they come as a package deal with the game. The best part is that the Ring-Con and Leg Strap can safely be used by children, especially since the leg strap is adjustable. The Ring-Con also works as a regular old Pilates Ring, but it is a bit smaller and more manageable with less resistance, even for kids.
As a word of caution, the Ring-Con and Leg Strap are bound to get sweaty and dirty over time. After all, these accessories are designed to help you work out, which means sweating. Before you let your children use them, you should clean and sterilize them. We have an entire guide on how to do this safely without damaging either accessory, so make sure to do that between uses when you can!
Adjust the difficulty level to be suitable for your kids
If you are worried that Ring Fit Adventure may be too difficult for your children, you may be surprised. Ring Fit Adventure has 30 difficulty levels, which you can adjust on each player's profile in the game. So if you want to use Ring Fit Adventure as a way to get your kids moving while having fun, try setting it to a lower difficulty in their game profile.
The difficulty settings in Ring Fit Adventure simply change the number of reps per set of exercise that you do. It does not make the Ring-Con more resistant to pulling and stretching, though it sometimes feels that way when you have to do many more reps. So if it's on a lower difficulty, you may have to do 10 squats instead of 30 on a higher setting, for example.
The amount of damage that you do seems about the same for each attack, no matter the difficulty. But since higher difficulties have more reps in each set, you actually do more damage with more times to attack enemies. However, since kids may not have as much stamina or endurance as adults, having the difficulty set lower could be beneficial. The game scales appropriately in other aspects, though, so just because it's set lower doesn't mean it will be a cakewalk.
To change the difficulty level at any time, do the following:
- On the Joy-Con attached to the Ring-Con, press the B button to get to My Menu.
- Use the joystick on the Ring-Con Joy-Con to scroll down to Difficulty Level.
- Press X to confirm.
- Adjust the difficulty level as you see fit.
Supervise your kids and guide them on specific exercises
While Ring Fit Adventure provides tips and visuals on how to do every exercise, it's still a good idea to supervise your kids as they play. This way, you can make sure that they're doing the exercise properly with good form, and you can help them out if they aren't.
Plus, you can also cheer your kids on to give them some motivation to keep going (this also works great for adults).
Everyone can get "swol"
Ring Fit Adventure is a great way to exercise for the entire family, including kids! It's one of the best fitness games on the Nintendo Switch. The Ring-Con and Leg Strap accessories are perfectly safe for kids to use, but you may just want to lower the difficulty and supervise your kids while they play. Oh, and make sure to clean the Ring-Con and Leg Strap every now and then.
Now get your Ring-Con and get fit!
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Ring Fit Adventure is a fun, RPG-inspired fitness game that is perfect for keeping you and your kids fit. Using the RingCon and Leg Strap, players can explore new worlds, play mini-games, and defeat enemies while putting in a good workout.
Christine Romero-Chan was formerly a Senior Editor for iMore. She has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently part of the Digital Trends team, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.
When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.