Remember when everyone was playing Wii Sports? It wasn’t just gaming’s usual audience: parents, grandparents, and all sorts of people who had never been interested in games were able to get into swinging the Wii Remote like a golf club or tennis racket. The Wii was designed to be family-friendly and to expand Nintendo’s reach to new audiences, but no one expected Wii Sports, a pack-in game with Wii consoles, to be quite as popular as it was.

While Wii Sports wasn’t intended to be a real fitness game – that would come later with Wii Fit – it does get you up and moving in a way that few other games do. (Ring Fit Adventure wasn’t even on the horizon yet when Wii Sports came out.) In the interest of staying fit and keeping ourselves moving while gaming, we decided to rank Wii Sports‘ minigames based on how good of a workout they give you – or at least how likely they are to get your blood pumping.

5. Golf

Golf is actually my favorite of Wii Sports‘ minigames. In my opinion, it requires the most skill of all of the minigames: in order to get that little ball into the hole, you have to factor in the kind of club you’re using, the distance to the green, the strength of your swing, the terrain, and the wind speed and direction. Put together, it makes golf, which many people find boring to watch, a fun, strategic experience. My dad got really into it and put a lot of time into learning the way the wind physics impact the ball and where all the shortcuts are. It’s a surprisingly deep experience!

That being said, it provides the least intensive workout of all the minigames. Yes, you do have to actually swing your arm and hand to hit the ball, but the closer you get to the green, the less you’re actually swinging. By the time you’re at the green, you’re really only tapping the ball. It helps that you have to stand up, but you really have to stand up for all of Wii Sports‘ games, so that makes less of a difference than you’d think. It might be better if you had to actually walk from course to course, but Ring Fit Adventure-style step tracking was still many years off during the era of the Wii. It pains me to say this, but despite being the deepest game on this list, Golf just doesn’t have great workout potential.

4. Bowling

Not too far in front of Golf is Bowling. Bowling is responsible for making me think I’d actually be good at bowling in real life, which is absolutely not the case. It’s a slimmed-down version of the sport with simplified physics to help even pin-hitting novices grab a strike or two. There are a few tricks to the way you swing the Wii remote and how you aim the ball down the lane that can help you land hits even more consistently.

Thanks to the more forceful nature of the arm movement needed to bowl, Bowling does give your arm more of a consistent workout than Golf does. However, once you get the movements and angles down, you can reduce the power with which you swing and still get mostly the same effect on the pins. This is great for trying to beat your buddies or your grandma, but it’s not conducive to a great workout. If you’re playing with friends, each person goes in sequence, so there’s a lot of downtime between your swings, too. It’s good, but we can still do better.

3. Baseball

Having grown up on Super Mario Baseball for the GameCube, I was expecting the same experience when I first played Wii Sports Baseball. That’s not what I got, though. Baseball is an extremely simplified form of the sport that focuses mostly on pitching and batting. All of the fielding and base-running is done automatically, making it easier to focus on blasting fastballs or knocking one out of the park. It’s a lot of fun, especially if you’re playing against a friend who you can berate every time they strike out.

Pitching and batting in Baseball can actually give your arm a pretty good workout. I remember playing rounds back to back with my sister and having to take a break because my arm was getting sore. It would rank higher if it allowed you to exercise more than just your pitching and hitting arm – for example, if it allowed you to run the bases or run in the field. Wii Sports wasn’t supposed to be a deep sports sim like Madden, though – it’s just a way for players to dip their toes into the world of motion control, so I don’t blame it for staying relatively shallow.

2. Tennis

Tennis is another of Wii Sports‘ most fun minigames. (Seriously, is there a minigame on this list that isn’t fun? That’s why the game sold so well.) It’s a doubles-based game that lets you team up with a friend, an AI companion, or a copy of yourself, the latter of which is definitely the best way to play. It feels like big-scale table tennis more than actual tennis: like most of the other minigames on this list, your Mii moves automatically, allowing you to focus on hitting the ball at the correct time.

Though you could just waggle your wrist to swing your racket back and forth, Tennis really gives you the opportunity to put your whole body into it. The motion control can be a little finicky, especially if your Wii remote sensor bar was lower than the remotes rather than higher, but playing for several rounds can really make you work up a sweat. The hardest-level AI will kick your butt, too – think of them as a personal trainer during your arm day workouts.

1. Boxing

Boxing is the undisputed best workout available in Wii Sports. It’s definitely the hardest of the minigames to play well, and it’s also the only one that requires the Nunchuk, a plug-in control stick add-on for the Wii remote. Holding the main remote in one hand and the Nunchuk in the other, players must swipe punches at each other and lean to the left and right to avoid retaliating swings. Different hand motions result in swings from different directions and at different parts of the body.

Jabbing and punching with the Wii remote and Nunchuk is hard! You really have to curve your arm and swing hard for it to register, which means you’re constantly pumping your arms. You also have to actually bend your whole body – along with both of the remotes – to avoid punches. It’s one thing if you’re playing against a friend, but it’s another thing entirely if you’re playing against the AI, which is notoriously difficult in this minigame. If you’re looking for the best way to kick up a sweat, Boxing is definitely the way to go.

Unfortunately, I’ve never played Wii Sports Resort, the “sequel” to Wii Sports, so I can’t speak to how well of a workout those games are. If all you’ve got is an old Wii and a few free hours, though, try booting up Wii Sports and seeing how much you can move your body (within reason!) in each of the minigames. You might just surprise yourself with how many calories you burn – and how much fun you have!