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- Wii Fit requires a Wii console to play. Wii console sold separately.
- Wii Fit combines fitness with fun and is designed for everyone, young and old. Wii Fit players work towards personal fitness goals and they block soccer balls, swivel hips to power hoop twirls, and go big on ski jumps to get themselves there.
- Check your daily progress, set goals, check your Wii Fit Age, and even enter exercise time you've done outside of Wii Fit.
- Wii Fit Age is measured by factoring the user's BMI reading, testing the user's center of gravity and conducting quick balance tests.
- Training is at the core of Wii Fit. You can spend as much (or as little) time as you want trying out all of the 40+ activities Wii Fit offers.
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The hit combination of Wii Sports and the Wii Remote brought golf swings and tennis serves into people's homes. Now Nintendo turns the living room into a fitness center for the whole family with Wii Fit and the Wii Balance Board. Family members will have fun getting a "core" workout, and talking about and comparing their results and progress on a new channel on the Wii Menu. Lean to block soccer balls, swivel hips to power hoop twirls or balance to hold the perfect yoga pose. As users stand on the Wii Balance Board, included with Wii Fit, their body's overall balance is tied to the game in a way they've never experienced before. Wii Fit also uses the Wii Balance Board for daily tests. These evaluate two key measures that a household can track via progress charts:
The active-play phenomenon started by Wii Sports now spreads to your whole body thanks to Wii Fit and the pressure-sensitive Wii Balance Board, which comes bundled with it. Used together players will experience an extensive array of fun, dynamic and surprisingly challenging activities, including aerobics, yoga, muscle stretches and balance oriented games. The focus of these activities is towards providing a "core" workout, a popular exercise method that emphasizes slower, controlled motions, but it's the fun approach to fitness of Wii Fit that will keep players hooked on fitness for years to come.
The primary tenet of Wii Fit is balance. Your center of balance, the point between your left and right sides when you stand upright, has a lot to do with your health. Those without an even center of balance will be unnaturally compensating for this imbalance, which causes their posture to become misaligned, increasing the possibility of putting unnecessary strain on their bodies. This is where the Wii Balance Board comes in.Similar in appearance to a step aerobics board, the Wii Balance Board is much, much more. Easily capable of supporting weights up to a maximum of 300 pounds, it is sturdy and precise, able to measure weight and register pressure accurately when placed on a variety of flat surfaces. This advanced level of sensitivity allows for both the wide range of activities found in the Wii Fit software as well as the board's amazing ability recognize individual players by their weight alone.Getting Started: Create a Profile
Before you jump into doing exercises and activities, youll start by creating a profile. This is done easily and intuitively by simply choosing a Mii, entering your height and age information, and doing a few quick tests that will serve as a baseline for your new Wii fitness regimen. These tests are:
- BMI Check: BMI, or Body Mass Index, is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that is the standard used by agencies such as the World Health Organization and the National Institute of Health. To check your BMI, youll enter your height then stand on the Wii Balance Board and let it read your weight.
- Wii Fit Age: After youve checked your BMI, youll do a basic balance test and find out your current Wii Fit Age. This basic balance test measures how well you can control your left and right balance. Based on the results, youll be assigned a Wii Fit Age.
Once you have created your profile it's time to have some fun. Wii Fit features four main categories of exercises to choose from: Strength Training, Aerobics, Yoga and Balance Games. Wii Fit will guide you through the first three with the help of your own virtual personal trainer, while the balance games offer variety and fun to help keep you engaged and excited about your fitness goals. In addition, as you spend time exercising, youll earn Fit Credits that unlock additional exercises and activities within your favorite categories that will allow you to continue to push yourself. See more detail on the four categories below:
- Strength Training: Put your strength to the test with muscle-toning exercises like Single Leg Extension, Sideways Leg Lift, Arm and Leg Lift, Single-Arm Stand, Torso Twists, Rowing Squat, Single Leg Twist, Lunge, Push-Up and Side Plank, Jackknife, Plank and Tricep Extension. Challenges include Push-Up Challenge, Plank Challenge and Jackknife Challenge.
- Aerobics: Get your heart pumping with fun, interactive Aerobic exercises like Hula Hoop, Basic Step, Basic Run, Super Hula Hoop, Advanced Step, 2-P Run, Rhythm Boxing, Free Step and Free Run.
- Yoga: Work on your balance and flexibility with Yoga poses and activities like Deep Breathing, Half-Moon, Dance, Cobra, Bridge, Spinal Twist, Shoulder Stand, Warrior, Tree, Sun Salutation, Standing Knee, Palm Tree, Chair, Triangle and Downward-Facing Dog.
- Balance Games: Get into the action with fun, balanced-based games like Soccer Heading, Ski Slalom, Ski Jump, Table Tilt, Tightrope Walk, Balance Bubble, Penguin Slide, Snowboard Slalom and Lotus Focus.
Because keeping fit is an ongoing process, Wii Fit also tracks the activities you do the most and puts them into your Favorites category. With this information players can note exercises and activities that they are strong in, as well as others that may need to improve at. Some of the ways players can use this information for are to:
- Keep tabs on your daily progress with easy-to-understand graphs and charts. Using your personal profile, you can set goals, view a graph of your BMI results over time, see how many Fit Credits youve earned, check your Wii Fit Age and even enter exercise time youve done outside of Wii Fit. Its all about coming back and exercising a little every day, and the personal profile makes tracking your daily progress simple and easy.
- Quickly check your Wii Fit Age and BMI without even putting the game in the console by going directly to the Wii Fit Channel.
- Allow up to eight family members can create their own profiles in Wii Fit. On the profile-selection screen, everyone in the family can see each others recent BMI progress and Fit Credit total. This will allow families to have a friendly competition to exercise and get fit.
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Some exercises I have to avoid due to knee problems, but overall I didn't find too many that were problematic. The one thing I wish there was is an easy way to create a "playlist" of exercises that it would just go through one after the other without have to go back and forth to the menu (which slows you down...and your heartrate too!) It does have a "Favorites" list but you still have to choose each game individually which does slow you down considerably.
If you are someone that already works out and is fairly fit, you probably will be disappointed with the difficulty level of the exercises, as they are geared more to the average person that doesn't getting enough exercise. If you are the sedentary type though, this is a great way to save money on a gym membership (and gas!) get yourself up and moving every day, and have a lot of fun in the process. I'm looking forward to other games using the board as well (hopefully that make more use of it than the We Ski that has gotten mediocre reviews.)
In August, 2008, I was "Obese." I have now lost over 40 lbs, and the program now tells me I am "normal". I have a desk job, and WiiFit is the only exercise I do. I try to average 45 minutes or more a day. I am up to 30 minutes of "running" which I do looking out my picture window. I also regularly use Advance Step, and slalom ski and ski jump. When I started, I could barely manage the "short" run; now I do 2 Island Laps followed by one or more of the shorter runs. I still have trouble with hula hoop...some days I can do it well; other days, I can't keep the hula hoop going. I fill in with some of the other activities when I get bored, but I try to do at least 2 "Island laps" in each workout session.
It bothered me to be called "Obese." It bothered me a lot! Enough that I kept working at it until I saw the weight creep down, and one day it said I was "Overweight." What a great feeling that was! And now it says, "That's normal" which is even better.
I work up a pretty good sweat. I was surprised to see even the balance games get me sweating as they don't feel as much like exercises. I tried them because a friend who is a physical therapist recommended Slalom Ski, and I do feel it after I have worked at it for 15 minutes or more. It does use some of the smaller muscles, and I have seen my sense of balance improve as well.
I can see why some people would find it boring...I get tired of some of the choices, too. But I also got tired of using the cross trainer and the treadmill at the fitness center. I find this less boring than the aerobics machines at the fitness center; I can vary the activities more. Whether one gets their heart rate up as high as at a fitness center depends on how hard one works...when I jog, my heart rate goes up at least as high as it did on the treadmill. Hula hoop is challenging and gets it high even faster. I find hula hoop good for interval training...one round of hula hoop, followed by one round of step aerobics, and then repeat.
I respond well to short term goals, so seeing the minutes get added to the clock until it hits 30, when it "celebrates" works well for me, and then the additional minutes until I reach my workout goal for the session. I am less likely to cut the session short when the minutes are right there on the time clock, letting me know exactly what I still need to do to reach my goal. I also respond well to the various activity rubrics...the burn rate on running, which I try to keep above 100%, the time on the slalom, the score on the step aerobics. I like to at least meet previous scores.
It keeps me more involved than most of the other forms of exercise I've tried, and I have stayed with it better. It reminds me when I have missed a day, which helps me stay motivated. I like weighing myself every day. I do not like unpleasant surprises, and waiting a week or more to step on the scale and finding I haven't lost as much as I thought, or that I gained weight, is depressing....keeping track of small day-to-day changes works better for me. So I like doing a daily body test. I also like having a 2-week goal to work towards.
I like being at home to work out. The extra time to drive to and from the fitness center really added to the time it would take to workout, and was a particular disincentive in the winter when it is pretty cold here. No germs from other people's sweat to worry about at home. My own shower. I am getting some free weights as that is still something I need and it isn't part of WiiFit, but WiiFit fills a needed role in my efforts to improve my physical condition.
And after 5 months, which included Christmas and Thanksgiving, I am down 42 lbs. Still have a few to go to reach my goal, but my goal is in sight. My physical was in December, and all of my tests were normal, with some significant improvements in cholesterol, c-reactive protein, and heart rate compared to last year. Can't say I love WiiFit, but it is good for me and I will continue to use it.