Animal Crossing Stretching – How to Use Joy-Con for Group Stretching Workouts in New Horizons


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It is relatively common in Japanese working culture to have daily group exercises, although sometimes these sessions are arguably a bit intense. It’s a good idea for all of us to stretch out and stay in shape, and now Animal Crossing: New Horizons has a rather lovely way of participating in the game.

In this group stretching guide, we’ll answer all of your questions about how it works in New Horizons. So let’s go.

Animal Crossing Group Stretch Guide

What is group stretching in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

This is a new activity included in version 2.0 of the game that allows you to actively do stretches and basic activities with an assortment of Islanders.

It’s very easy to trigger this; Simply interact (“A” button) with the stereo next to your residential services building (in the plaza) and you are good to go.

Do you use motion controls, buttons, or both? What is better?

Fortunately, the answer is “both,” which should mean that most players, whatever their preferences or abilities, should be able to enjoy the rather charming group stretch streak.

Button controls for group stretch

This is the easiest option if you don’t want to actively move and exercise, making it a lighter rhythm game. Most exercises are done with the left stick, whether with directional presses or rotations.

There’s no goal as such, it’s about trying to find the rhythm with everyone – with humor you will see some of the group struggling to keep up.

You must also use the “A” and “B” buttons at some point, so be prepared!

Movement controls for group stretch

This is obviously the most active option, and if the game recommends that you give yourself some space, use the Joy-Con strap and generally be sensitive.

You only need the right Joy-Con, unless you’re like us and trying to take screenshots at the same time!

The routine is exactly the same, so it’s pretty short and focuses more on stretching and rotating, although you can also walk in place to the beat of the characters on the screen. There’s also a streak towards the end where you have to jump in place, and despite our attempts to “cheat” and just wave the Joy-Con, it only registered when we actually did a jump.

The motion controls work quite well, although they’re not perfect. Nonetheless, as a light stretch, it is an utterly charming way to relax.

What are the limits ? Do I get anything for group stretching? Do I have to ‘stretch well’?

There doesn’t seem to be any limits to how often you exercise each day in the game, and each time you have a choice of buttons or motion controls. Of course, if you are using motion controls, you should heed the warnings in the game and carefully manage your exercise according to your abilities.

It’s also a mode without any form of scoring, it’s purely for fun and to watch your character practice with other Islanders. Do not feel any pressure during this activity.

However, you can get 150 Nook Miles as a reward for your stretching, which can appear in daily rewards in the Nook Miles app!

Animal Crossing New Horizons Group Stretching
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