Friday, June 20, 2008

Wii Fit, or in my case---Wii Aren't So Fit

If you're an avid exerciser/fitness nut, Wii Fit will probably not provide anything new for you other than a little fun. However, if you're a busy mom with not a whole lot of time to do anything but your work & running, it definitely helps you get a little bit more working out into your day. My legs are getting strong from running but the rest of me needs a little help.

I am a little intimidated going to an aerobics class because I am fairly uncoordinated. I can do the Wii Fit step aerobics here in my family room without injuring anybody or embarassing myself. I can take a run through the virtual park with my daughter regardless of the weather. I can learn Yoga exercises without all the eastern religion stuff that usually goes with a class. Slaloming down a ski hill is possible even in June, and I can float down a river in the middle of December. I don't have to leave the house and get a sitter. I can do this any time of day or night.

I haven't gotten to any seriously high-intensity cardio exercise yet, but new activities open up the more you use the program. I have broken a sweat, however, and the yoga really works your muscles. (just ask my thighs). It's a lot of fun and combined with the Wii Sports it's fantastic for families. My 6-year-old daughter can play against my 20-something sons and still have a shot at beating them. Everyone has a great time.

I guess what I'm saying is, if your idea of a good time is 6 hours on the eliptical machine followed by 400 push-ups....don't expect the Wii Fit to intensify your workout. If you just want to supplement your current exercise schedule, give it a try. If you're a complete couch potato or are a fitness newbie, definitely use this as something to get yourself into gear. I give it 4.5 stars out of 5.


chris said...

Wow, I did not realize you could do all of that with the Wii Fit. My wife has been talking about us getting one but I figured it was all marketing crap and worthless. Sounds like it not only works you but it could be good entertainment. Besides, having some entertainment while you get a workout sounds pretty good to me.

So, I first gotta buy a Wii then I buy Wii Fit, right? Does Wii Fit do all of the things you mentioned or are they had-ons you have to purchase?

Amy said...

We've got the Wii Fit too and love it. The strength training section is really good. What makes it a great is not only do you have to do your push ups or leg lifts or whatever, but you have to do it perfectly balanced. Thats where your mucles come in.