Wii Fit is Worth Every Penny
Here’s the harsh reality of my life: Because I have a history of diabetes in my family, keeping my weight at a healthy level is a must. But, getting to the gym on a regular basis is pretty much impossible and, even though I have attempted to create a home gym of my own, space concerns really limit what I can do and, let’s be honest; running on a treadmill gets boring pretty quickly.
That’s why, when I saw Wii Fit on the store shelf the other day, I just had to buy it. Sure, it came to roughly $90 with tax. But, after giving it a try, I found it was definitely worth every penny.
The best way to describe the Wii Fit to you is it’s an entire home gym that can slide under your couch once you’re done. More importantly, it’s like having your very own live-in personal trainer.
A trainer for which you can entrust your entire body and cultivate it from a godown of diseases into a healthy frame which will prove to be a benchmark for all the budding body builders out there who are not able to get the desired physique even after regular practice. Wii fir is a far better alternative rather than wasting time searching for situs judi online terpercaya that have little to offer except a bad habit of gambling and a weakness to play even at the slightest provocation.
The balance board for the game looks a bit like a large bathroom scale and everything you do is done either on that board or right next to it.
When you first start the game up, you have an electronic version of the board walking you through a basic fitness assessment. You enter your height and age and then you step on the board and it tests your posture and your weight.
The first thing I learned about the Wii Fit is, unlike most real personal trainers, it doesn’t sugar coat anything. First, I found my posture isn’t the greatest (I put more weight on my left side) and I got a stern lecture about the dangers of bad posture.
Secondly, it gave me my body mass index measurement which, even though there’s a disclaimer in the book that says it’s not always the most accurate assessment, is what the game uses to monitor your progress. Because I’m not very active during the winter and just started exercising again, I’ll confess my BMI was a little higher than the recommended 25 or less. I figured the game would tell me this and then move on. Instead, I got the message “you are overweight.” And, just so the point didn’t get across the first time, it took my Mii (a little character that you can design to look like yourself) and widened its bottom half so it looks like it has a gut.
When it did that, I didn’t know whether to laugh or be insulted. But, I have to admit it motivated me to continue.
After the initial two exams, you take a fitness assessment that involves you balancing yourself on the board while trying to move two red lines into a blue section for three seconds. And, based on your performance, the game gives you your fitness age. Mine was 49; 17 years more than my actual age of 32. And, after telling me this, it once again told me I was out of shape (you know, in case the gut on my Mii wasn’t enough to convince me).
At this point, you are given the chance to set your fitness goal; you can select how much weight you want to lose and pick a target date for losing it (I set mine at 5 pounds in one month). The game then offers to keep track of your progress for you.
All of this takes about 20 minutes to a half hour and then you are allowed to choose your personal trainer (male or female) and can begin “training.”
At first, you are only given a few exercises in each of the four categories; yoga, strength, aerobics and balance. But, as you do the exercises, you gain points that unlock new ones. Normally, I don’t like games that require you to do this. But, in this case, I think it makes a bit of sense considering you don’t want to start with exercises that would be too advanced for you.
Some of the exercises on the Wii Fit are much harder than others. Some of the yoga poses, for example, would probably have me falling flat on my face and, because I can’t seem to keep the rhythm, I have issues with the basic step class too.
Other exercises on the game are both fun and definitely get your heart racing. My wife and I, for example, spend a great deal of time doing the hula hooping (with the shades closed on the window just so the neighbors don’t think we’re having a seizure) and I really like the running stage because, even though you’re really just running in place, your Mii is actually running along a nice scenic trail (you don’t get that on a treadmill). And, since you are supposed to keep pace with the guy in front of you without passing him, you know you’re running hard enough to get your heart rate up but not fast enough to injure yourself.
I can definitely vouch for the game working. I’ve been using it for about two weeks now and have lost a little under four pounds and feel like I have a bit more energy. What’s even more amazing is how the Wii Fit motivates me to exercise even when I don’t have time to use it. Somehow, just knowing I’m going to eventually be playing it again and weighing in again makes me go out of my way to watch what I eat and do some sort of activity (like walking or gardening) so I don’t embarass myself later. I have yet to find a gym that does the same for me.
Maybe after a few weeks my Mii will finally lose that gut.