Product Type: Nintendo Wii games
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Wii Fit Plus
Wii Fit Plus - Game Only (Wii)
Member Name: rji0907
Wii Fit Plus - Game Only (Wii)
Advantages: A fun way to keep fit
Disadvantages: None for me
We are due to go on holiday in a week's time, so over the last few months, I have been trying to get that perfect bikini bod! Realising that the dream was never going to happen, I decided to settle for just being a bit firmer and trimmer than I was previously. I have lots of exercise equipment at home, but I just find it all a bit mundane.
We had a Wii fit board ages ago and I never really got into it, so I decided to give it another whirl. We had the original Wii Fit Game with it, and I used this for a few weeks, before my partner brought me the Wii Fit Plus DVD.
My concern was that by using the new Wii Fit, that my data from the original Wii Fit would disappear and I would have to start all over again. I'm not sure how it does it, but your data is automatically transferred from one to the other so it already had all my statistics there for me to get going with. Also, the good thing about this is that all the exercises etc I have already unlocked, stay unlocked on the new one so you don't have to go through the process of re-doing them again to unlock them all.
For those of you who have never tried either Wii Fit, there are different sections from you to choose from so you can basically construct your own fitness regime from these sections. The sections you can choose from are:- Yoga, Muscle Workouts, Balance Games and Aerobic Exercises. All these sections are on both Wii Fit games, with the added extra of Training Plus on the Wii Fit Plus.
Each category has a range of different moves or exercises within it. You start off with just a couple unlocked, and once you have completed a certain time, or you have perfected a certain move, you automatically unlock a new one. The ones you unlock seem to be opened at random and in no particular sequence. Some examples of the types of training you can do include jogging, hula hoop, boxing and step. These are the main calorie burning exercises but you can also do all manner of muscle workouts which work on all muscles. You start off with small reps and unlock higher reps when you have perfected the workouts. There is a guide to show you how to do them correctly so you don't injure yourself doing it incorrectly.
I don't tend to do the yoga moves much, but these are in the same format as the muscle workouts and work all parts of the body. The balance games are quite good too. This is the one section where you can't really see the benefits, you just have to assume that your balance/posture is improving but they are quite fun and you get games such as football heading, slalom, ski jump and tightrope walking.
The Wii Fit 'piggy bank' keeps track of how much time you have accumulated over the day you are working on, and it also gives you a cumulative time of how much you have done altogether. The bonus thing you get with the Wii Fit Plus is that it works calories out how many calories you have burnt with each exercise too which is something you don't get on the original Wii Fit.
Obviously when I first used the Wii Fit Plus, my details were already stored, however a word of warning to all those using a Wii Fit for the first time, it takes around 15-20 minutes for the initial set up as you have to enter all your details and do a few body tests for the Wii Fit to work out your BMI and you have to set yourself some goals. You can re-take the body test whenever you wish but I tend to take it once a week to see if I have lost weight or to see if my BMI has decreased.
Price wise, if you purchase the Wii Fit Plus game and the Wii Fit Board as a package, the current market price is about £65.00 which I think is pretty good. You use the Wii balance board for most activities apart from jogging which you just hold the remote in your hand. The board takes AA batteries and they last forever. Reliability wise, not once since I have been using this the second time around, has my Wii Fit Board not worked, nor has it failed to synch with the Wii itself.
Overall, I really love using my Wii Fit Plus and feel it has given me some really positive results. I can definitely feel a difference around my hip/waist area which is down to the muscle workouts and I have lost a few pounds along the way which was my aim. This isn't a quick fix, but it is an effective workout and I love how you can basically construct a workout plan to suit yourself and have fun at the same time whilst sitting in front of the tv. I can't afford the gym and with a child, I don't get chance to get out and about to different exercise classes as I have no childcare so this is perfect for me to do after my son has gone to bed. It tracks and monitors everything I need it to and allows me to push myself, but also go at a pace that is suitable for me.
In summary, I love my Wii fit plus as it seems to be doing the trick, isn't overly expensive in my opinion and is really fun. Highly recommended.
Summary: A great, fun way to exercise in the comfort of your own home
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