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Wii fit - by far the longest lasting fitness item I have ever owned!!
Wii Fit (Wii)
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Wii Fit (Wii)
Advantages: You can use it as and when you are able to, multiple users
Disadvantages: BMI can be a bit misleading
Wii fit is a game developed by Nintendo to be used on the Wii console. Wii fit was first released in 2008 and instantly became a worldwide phenomenon. Wii fit still remains as popular today as it did when it was first released. It is a unique fitness game comprised of various games and activities, some of which are accessed through using the Wii balance board which is pressure-sensitive. This is used in a variety of ways but is predominantly stood on during the activities.
I received a Wii console and Wii fit accompanied by the balance board for Christmas in 2008. I had wanted Wii fit since its release as I had for a while been quite interested in become a bit fitter. I am not really overweight but I am also not very active either. I absolutely despise exercise and where some of my friends enjoy team sports, exercise classes or running; I just do not have the motivation. I therefore wanted to try something that I wouldn't view as exercise and could use in the privacy of my own home.
The setup is easy. The Wii balance board resembles a step aerobics board and is actually used in that way but can also be used in many more ways. The balance board is wireless, requires batteries and is used by pressing a button at the front which synchronises the board. I quickly bought a rechargeable battery for the balance board and also the Wii control pads soon after I got the Wii which I would strongly recommend doing. In order to access the Wii fit game you have to create a mii which represents you and will be the character on screen that you will be playing. You can customise your mii making it look like you and you also have to input some personal information such as date of birth and height to complete your mii. You can create up to 8 mii meaning that family or friends can use the Wii fit as well.
The first time you use Wii fit your BMI will be calculated and your mii's appearance is adjusted according to which category your BMI fits into. I was very disappointed to see my mii become quite plump as I was categorised as overweight. I have never seen myself as fat or overweight, I have always been a size 10-12 and have been weighed at the doctors and been told I am a healthy weight for my height. I think it is important to be aware that BMI alone is not a good measurement to go by as it doesn't take into account all factors. I am always more concerned with and put more focus on my actual weight measurement.
Each time you start your exercise regime on the Wii fit you start by completing a body test. The balance board weighs you and informs you whether you have increased or decreased in weight, the balance board measures your balance and you will complete two random balance tests to determine your Wii age. The body test in particular testing your balance does make you aware of issues that you weren't previously aware of and highlights the potential future health problems that can be caused. It looks at applying too much pressure to your heels or toes, more pressure on one leg than the other and inability to remain still. There is the option to skip the body test but I like being able to monitor my weight gain and loss. You are able to set weight loss goals over time periods usually 2 weeks which allows you to work toward a goal.
The game has a variety of exercise activities and games to suit everyone. The categories include aerobics, yoga, balance games and strength training. When you complete each activity whichever category it falls under you earn fit credits that unlock additional activities and exercises. The activities you complete are also logged to allow you to view the amount of time spent exercising in each category.
Aerobics centres on the activities that get your heart pumping but in a really fun way. It ranges from Hula Hoop, running to aerobic step. This is my favourite out of all the categories and these are the activities I complete most frequently. They really do get the blood pumping and are fun. The Hula hoop is particularly entertaining to watch when somebody else is on the Wii.
I also like the yoga category. You are guided through each yoga pose with a virtual personal trainer which seems to make the poses easier. The poses range from the simple deep-breathing to the more difficult shoulder stand.
The strength training is my least favourite category as it the most like real exercise. I have to force myself to include some of these activities when I am exercising and there are still some activities in this category I have never tried. The muscle toning exercises range from the easier single leg extension to the much more difficult jackknife. You are also guided through the strength training with a personal trainer.
The balance games don't really feel like exercise. They are entertaining and funny. The games I enjoy the most are soccer heading, ski jump and penguin slide. I think the balance games introduce an element of competition and a competitive edge. The top scores are recorded on all activities in each category whether you have achieved them or somebody else who has used stored a mii on your game has achieved them. My boyfriend and I had a competition going for a while on the ski jump - trying to beat each other's scores.
Each activity regardless of its category is worth a certain amount of time. The easier activities allow you to accumulate 1 minute, the harder aerobic activities might be 3 minutes and the advanced versions you have to unlock are worth more. I tend to try to do at least 30 minutes - this is 30 minutes of time accumulated through activities not 30 minutes in real time.
I have had my Wii fit for almost 2 years and I still use it. I don't use it as regularly as I did when I first got it but I do still use it every now and again. I think it is by far the longest lasting fitness item I have ever had - I have so many exercise DVD's that I got bored of really easily and I have never been bored of the Wii fit. I think it offers enough variety to keep you interested and still remains fun even today. I think that the Wii fit is ideal to use as and when you can fit in exercise and can be used by a real range of ages. I would recommend the Wii fit to anyone.
Summary: A fantastic fitness game with a unique balance board.
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