Product Type: Nintendo Wii games
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Wii Fit (Wii)
Member Name: bettyboop2002
Wii Fit (Wii)
Advantages: set your own goals and time frame, good choice of exercise games, fun games
Disadvantages: Graphics and sound a bit childish
The game seems to come with the board in most shops.
To buy the game alone costs around £20 and the board and game package can be bought from around £50 online. I think it's a really good price if you think you would get a lot of use out of it.
The game comes on a DVD type disc which you insert into the Wii console. You can either create a new character, use a character saved on your Wii console or play as a guest, which is best for friends to have a go who are not going to be playing it regularly. Up to eight people can save a character on the game.
When you first start using the game it will ask you for your height and date of birth. It will then ask you to turn on your balance board and stand on it and it will weigh you and let you know your BMI. It will then tell you whether you are underweight, ideal, overweight or obese. You can then enter your target weight and set yourself a time frame. It will then let you know how much weight you will need to lose each week to reach this target.
You will also be given a Wii Fit Age which is determined by a balance test.
The game allows you to put a password on your character if the console is used by other people and you don't want them to see your weight or goal information.
When you have done this you can go on to do the training. There are four types of training to choose from which is good as sometimes you may not be in the mood to do a certain type of exercise and you can pick your favourites. I have been trying to do at least one of each type of training each day but I have to admit I'm not keen on some of them.
The types of training to choose from are Yoga, Aerobics, Strength training and Balance games. You will only be given a few of each type of exercise to start with, you will unlock new exercises the more you play the game. A small screen will count up how many minutes of training you have done each day.
You can choose between a male and female character who will be your virtual instructor. The character will do different yoga poses and breathing exercises which you are to copy. For some exercises there is a bar and a certain part of your body should touch the board when the bar is displayed to get the correct timing and get a good score for the exercise.
This will show you exercises to do to improve your strength such as push ups, squats and lunges. Again you will have a bar which will help you to keep in time and hold to the positions for a certain time.
There are some tricky and fun exercises in this section. Jogging is one and you can also select two player jogging if you want to race against someone. Other games include hula hoop and step aerobics exercises which are a little bit like using your balance board as a dance mat, stepping on and off the board in time with the arrows on the screen.
This is my favourite section with plenty of fun games to choose from. The games including heading a ball, skiing and tight rope walking. One of my favourites is table tilt where a table with a hole in it will be shown on the screen, there will be a ball or several balls on the table and you have to shift your weight around the board to move the table and get the balls to go down the hole without them rolling off the table.
Your score will be either points or a time which will then be put on a leaderboard. The same leaderboard is used for all characters so it is good to try and beat others' scores who also have a profile on the game. It is a good way of motivating you as you want to climb up the leaderboard and beat friends and families scores.
I really like this game and think it's one that the whole family can play. I like the fact that you can choose which exercises or games you want to do each time you play. The only thing that can be a little annoying is that the characters and sounds (as with most Wii games) are very childish. It doesn't put me off using it at all though.
When I first started using it I played a lot of the balance games and saw it as much more of a game than an exercise. Until the following day, it really worked out muscles I didn't know I had so it was very good that I was exercising without it feeling like a chore.
I think that, as with all exercise, if you stick at it and try to use it regularly you would definitely see results. I've only been on it a few weeks but I definitely feel better already. I'm not using the board to lose weight, but more to tone up and I feel that it has helped. I do know a couple of friends and family members who are using this as a weight loss tool and are seeing improvements.
I think anything that can make exercising a bit more interesting is something I have to recommend. The fact that it can be done in your own time and in the privacy of your own home is also good. Especially for people only starting to exercise as they may not like to exercise in front of other people.
Summary: Top marks from me!
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