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One Mom's Wii Workout

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Does Wii Fit live up to the hype? Guest blogger Julie W. puts it to the test.

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I like working out. Up 'til now, my fitness regime included hiking, Pilates, and treadmill dates with a friend. So when my Wii Fit arrived, I was intrigued...and curious how it would fit into my life. Could standing in front of a television possibly compete with hiking in the mountains? Could it be as fun? Turns out: Yes, and yes.

But it took some finagling for me to find out for myself. You see, my 8-year-old is Wii-obsessed, so I had to find a time when she wasn't home to try this out. (Weekends were out, but school days were in.)

Finally, I had my opportunity. It was time to see if this game (er, fitness regime) lived up to the hype. First, Wii Fit checks your center of balance and BMI. (Warning: I discovered the BMI is not always accurate for kids--the Wii told one perfectly healthy British girl she was fat, and Nintendo was forced to apologize.) Then, Wii Fit guesses your age--but it isn't even close to my actually age. The assessment is meant to inspire one to improve, so I soldier on.

I start with yoga. I'm a bit wobbly at first on the poses. I have decent balance, but I think the game expects you to be very still. I then try hula hoops, some strength training, and skiing. It feels really weird at first to get a workout from a video game, but it doesn't take me long to get hooked.

I'm a multi-tasking mom (who isn't?), so I love any device that can multi-task as well. Now that I can get some use out of the Wii too, it makes me feel less guilty about spending 300 bucks on it in the first place. And it will be a great workout for days that are too rainy or too hot to exercise outside.

Finally, I'm thankful to have another fun thing in common with daughter, who only occasionally thinks I am cool. Wii Fit: bringing families together, one yoga pose at a time.


5 comments so far | Post a comment now
karen May 22, 2008, 5:16 PM

I totally agree with your assessment of Wii Fit. My husband bought it for me for Mother’s Day, and I was reluctant to try it. When I started, I couldn’t put it down. I have terrible balance, and I can see this game really helping me out.

Now to get that BMI down and the “virtual” age too. I’m a decade ‘older’ than I should be GRRR.

Sue May 23, 2008, 8:22 AM

I like Wii Fit too. The positive feed back you get from the game keeps you motivated, you dont even realize you are exercising!

marie May 23, 2008, 9:43 AM

Cant wait to get one

Katnapfl May 23, 2008, 12:28 PM

The Wii Fit is so much fun and hope that it does what it needs to along with treadmill, activities and correct eating!! I am having a ball with my 7 year old he love it to, but again it did say he was overweight, I don’t believe he is but he is a very sturdy Boy - solid!
You don’t even think you are excercising!!!!!
Love it so far

Katnapfl May 23, 2008, 1:18 PM

The Wii Fit is so much fun and hope that it does what it needs to along with treadmill, activities and correct eating!! I am having a ball with my 7 year old he love it to, but again it did say he was overweight, I don’t believe he is but he is a very sturdy Boy - solid!
You don’t even think you are excercising!!!!!
Love it so far


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