Product Type: Nintendo Wii games
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An entertaining way to keep fit for both you and the neighbours
Wii Fit (Wii)
Member Name: Pookiesmama
Wii Fit (Wii)
Advantages: Keeps you fit and healthy
Disadvantages: Picking up and putting down the controller alot on the yoga/muscle exercise - not a big deal
I have been using the Wii fit for about 2 months now and now feel knowledgeable enough to tell you what I think. The Wii fit that I purchased came with a Nintendo balance board in white and the game is contained within a clunky plastic case - You can purchase the game seperately although most places stock the Wii Fit Plus rather than the original Wii fit that I have. The game alone costs £15 but the bundle of game and board comes to about £70 brand new although you can get a second hand bundle for £44 from Game which is what I did.
The balance board is a sturdy white plastic board measuring 50 x 30 cm which can seem rather large but this is a good thing when it comes to the games and takes 4 x AA batteries which you slot into the compartment on the bottom of the step. The game is contained on a Nintendo Wii cd and when enter it into the Wii you select the CD and the game along with all the usual warning pages loads up. The first thing that the system will ask you to do is callibrate your board which just means pressing the red button on the bottom of the step (where the batteries are) and pressing the red button on the front of the Wii - You only need to do this once. To get into the games you need to select a Mii using your Wii controller and answer standard questions about height, age and clothing weight and then the board weighs you and calculates your BMI and informs you if you are underweight, ideal weight, overweight or obese. Once you have your BMI the system then asks you to perform some simple balance games and then tells your fitness age which for me was initially +4 years of my actual age -Not too bad but definite room for improvement.
Now for the games:
Once you've gone through all the tests you are ready for the games which are under 4 catagories 1) Yoga 2) Muscle Exercise 3) Cardiovascular and 4) Balance. My favourite of these games has to be the Hula hooping (Cardiovascular) where you stand on your balance board rotating your hips and then leaning to the side to catch oncoming hoola hoops which are thrown at you by other Mii characters. This might sound easy but honestly you're abs absolutely kill after doing it for 3 min rotating left and then 3 min rotating right on your first go :p The other game that I like is the skiing game (balance) where you lean left and right to move your character between flags whilst you careering down a mountain and the tightrope game is blooming difficult if you're not the best on your feet.
Admittedly I've never been the most gracious when it comes to balance and am rather hippoesque rather than swan like with my movements tending to trip over my own feet and land face first on a frequent basis - especially when people are in city centres on a Saturday with Trolley cases behind them - Aaargghhh! Sorry, anyway my point being that this game has really helped me gain a steady balance and I am nowhere near as clumsy as I was and am able to keep my centre of gravity 90% of the time.
As for the Yoga and Muscle training programs these are the least entertaining for those that like the fun graphics as it's just you and either a male or female trainer trying out various moves to strengthen your core and particular muscle groups. What I like about this section is that before each movement the trainer demonstrates the move (which you can skip if you like) and the balance board is used with most of these moves so that the system can tell you if you're standing incorrectly or leaning back too far forward/backward which is usually my problem on the push ups and side push ups.
Other technical stuff:
The system recommends that you train about 30 min each day and there is a calender on the game which allows you to set targets and watch your progress (weight, BMI and fitness age). The board does have an upper weight limit of 23 st 8lb/150Kg and recommends that people with heart, pulmonary or any other medical conditions which would affect their ability to train should first consult a medic which makes sense.
The Wii fit game makes use of the Wii remote throughout and I kept finding myself picking it up and putting it down as there are some games such as the yoga/muscle workouts where you need to place it down in order to replicate the moves - I personally found this slightly irritating as you are constantly tightening/slackening the wrist strap in order to prevent you dropping it - But then again what else can they do?
My overall opinion:
I absolutely adore the Wii fit and even though the novelty has worn off a bit I find myself using it no less than 3 times a week for 30 min each time - Make sure you're away from a window if you're shy as I imagine people wouldn't be able to help but stare if you hoola-ing . I shall never go to a gym again and shall use both the Wii fit and running after my young son as a more entertaining form of workout. Inevitably my parents will want to have a go when they come though and when my son is old enough I won't get chance to use it - According to the case it's suitable from 3 years of age and I know that my parents although arthritic would benefit from some light exercise on this.
List of all the fitness games/programs (Info pasted from Amazon.co.uk)
1) 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 Triceps' Extension. Challenges include Push-Up Challenge, Plank Challenge and Jackknife Challenge.
2) 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.
3) 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.
4) 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.
Summary: A lot of fun for the whole family
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