Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Lusting after a Wii Fit

I have to admit, I was really skeptical of the whole Wii Fit as fitness thing. I thought it was a silly gimmick and not likely to be a really serious workout. I had tried the regular Wii and my brother-in-law's discovery of how to "cheat" in baseball by just flicking his wrist, rather than simulating an actual batting motion, only confirmed that belief.

I played with a friend's Wii Fit this weekend, though, and I am still sore two days later. I think it would be fun to have one of these as an addition to my in-home gym, which currently includes a BOSU, a few kettlebells, a couple of resistance bands, and lots and lots of videos, yoga mats and props, and a set of 3-pound dumbbells. Given the infrequency with which I use any of this stuff, though, and the high cost of getting everything I need for a Wii Fit (game console, extra controllers, Wii balance board, games), I'm thinking that it's silly to add another dusty item to the pile. I wonder if I'd be better off just using my existing equipment and gym memberships more. On the other hand, the games seemed fun, and might motivate me to get off my butt more often. My husband and I have been spending too much time watching TV and faffing around on our computers and iPhones, and the lure of this to me is that we might actually do this in the evenings instead of sitting around.

Wii Fitters out there, I want to hear from you! Do you use yours a lot? Does it seem to have made a difference in your fitness level? Or is it just another thing you bought that you don't use?

4 comments:

  1. Um, I'd love to be a Wii fitter - however, I cannot seem to locate one to purchase!! grrr. I told the husband to go get one this weekend, and he went to three stores and even checked online; no dice. So, we joined a gym. Take that Nintendo!
    In all seriousness, I think I'd like it! Good luck making your decision (and finding one). :)

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  2. For the first 2 weeks I had the wii fit, I had a lot of fun playing with it. Then it became boring. It's not much of a challenge.

    I definitely see it's benefit for people who are SO new to fitness that just getting them moving has to be fun, but personally I am motivated to do most of these things without the game. However, the young one uses the balance board for other games so it wasn't a total loss.

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  3. I was interested to read the experiences others have had with the Wii-Fit on a fitness forum I frequent (how's that for an alliteration?)

    The general consensus was that it's fun, but as another commenter has suggested, won't do much for someone who is already fit. Most people seem to use it to keep their kids active in the evenings instead of watching TV.

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  4. I bought the Wii fit and then ended up selling mine on eBay about a month ago. I found it didn't get me enough activity to make a difference. Good idea in theory.

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