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Wii Fit Plus- Get into shape and track your fitness
Wii Fit Plus - Game Only (Wii)
Member Name: lorrainek858
Wii Fit Plus - Game Only (Wii)
Date: 08/11/11, updated on 09/11/11 (39 review reads)
Advantages: easy to use, great range of activities
Disadvantages: multiplayer isn't great
I have always been into fitness so when the Wii Fit Plus became available I just had to buy it and give it a go. This game is packed with loads of helpful features that are designed to help you keep fit and have fun while doing so.
So first things first, to play the game you need to create a user profile, this is very important as this is where all your data will be stored within the game. To create a user profile you simply create a Mii on the Wii Home Menu, or if you already have one, select your Mii and then enter in your personal details (this will be prompted from you when you are setting up your personal profile) you will be asked for details such as your age and height (it is important to get these right as later your BMI will be calculated using these figures along with your weight) you will also be asked for your date of birth, this is asked of you as the Wii Fit Plus will calculate your Wii Fit Age (which calculates how responsive and fit you are by doing three varied activities testing mental ability and also physical ability), this will then be compared to your real age.
Now that you have got your profile up and going, the fun can begin. If you want to exercise, then you click on the 'Training' buttons that are easily located on the screen. You have a choice of the following activities:
Yoga is a great way to warm up before a workout, it is great to improve balance, posture and also tone muscles. On the Wii Fit Plus game there are a range of different Yoga stances including 'The Half Moon', 'The Warrior' and many others, there is also a 'Deep Breathing' exercise that you can do which is good to either start off or finish a workout. I really enjoy the Yoga on the Wii Fit Plus and think that it is really easy to learn with the instructions from the Wii Fit Trainer and the balance board makes sure your posture is right while doing the exercises. You are also told if you are doing the stance right and praised, or if you are not doing a stance right you are told and recommended on how to do it right (for example you may be told to lean less weight on your right leg)
* Balance Games
Balance games are a bit more fun on the Wii Fit Plus as they are much less serious than other workouts. Some of the games in this category are for example, heading footballs, walking on a tightrope or skiing down a hill and avoiding obstacles. These games are a great way to work on your balance and posture in a fun way. I really enjoy playing the balances games and in our family we can get very competitive when it comes to achieving high scores, the football game in particular is a favourite in our house.
* Muscle workouts
Muscle workouts on the Wii Fit Plus are a bit more serious (like the Yoga) they are used on this game within your workout to build and tone your muscles. Workouts last around 3 minutes or so and you are firstly shown how to do an exercise properly by your 'Personal Trainer' then it is your turn. Your balance is measured on the board to see if you are doing the exercise properly and you are counted in on your movements so then you know when to do what exactly (for example when to lift your legs and when to lower them down). Some examples on the Wii Fit Plus of 'Muscle Workouts' include 'Push Ups', 'Torso Twists' and 'Single Leg Extensions'. I really enjoy the muscle workouts on this game and think that they serve a purpose being on the game and within your fitness routine.
Aerobics on the Wii Fit Plus are really fun to do and possibly my favourite part of the Wii Fit game. These games are designed to help you lose weight and tone up by raising the pace of your workout and getting you moving. Most of these games involve you putting your Wii Remote in your pocket to measure your hip movement, examples of the games in the Aerobic games on the Wii include 'Step Aerobics', 'Hula hooping' and 'Jogging'. I really enjoy the aerobics aspect of the Wii Fit Plus and there is a good variety of exercises and this is great because you never get bored.
* Training Plus
Training Plus is a range of new mini games on the Wii Fit Plus. This is the most varied part of the game with a range of varied games on it that get you up and moving and also having fun and using your brain. Some examples of mini games on the Training Plus include 'Clown Juggling', 'Obstacle Course', 'Skate Boarding', 'Perfect 10 Adding Game' and 'Snowball Fight'. These games are great fun and great for kids on a rainy day when they can't go outside and exercise, I am an adult and I even enjoy the too. They are a really light hearted way to make sure you have exercised a bit and they are ranked with scores so they can also, like the Balance Games, get competitive within the family.
Other features on the Wii Fit Plus include, 'The Daily Fitness Tip' this is provided when you log on with your User Profile. You can also choose your own personal trainer who helps you set goals for workouts and recommends you personal tailored exercise routine. There is a daily calorie counter and also a timer that tells you how much you have exercised in that day. Another great feature of this game is 'The Daily Test' that measures your posture and centre of gravity, your weight and your Wii Fit Age, all the results from this test is saved and stored onto a graph that you can later look back on and see your progress over a week, month, year or longer.
The Wii Balance Board is white and looks quite like scales, it takes 4 AA batteries, I have found that batteries in this board last a long time and that the board is quite durable, it hasnt showed any signs of working less efficiently or breaking since I bought it and that is after using it almost every day for more than a year.
The interface on this game is really easy to understand and it does not take long to navigate through to where you want to go in the game from the title screen. The only drawbacks that I can think of for this game is perhaps the graphics aren't that great however I think that cartoon style graphics are all part of Nintendo's charm. Also it is not possible for two people to work out simultaneously on this game, this can make playing multiplayer quite boring sometimes.
Overall I would give this game 8 out of 10 and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to get fit but doesn't like boring workout routines, it is a really good buy.
You can buy the Wii Fit Plus and the required Wii Board in Game, HMV, GameStop or online. When I bought this game it cost me around £90, however I can see it online for around £60, which is a great deal as you'll get plenty of play for your money.
*Also posted on Ciao under lorrainek90*
Summary: Brilliant game for anyone who wants to get into shape
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