Friday, January 9, 2009

I *heart* the Wii Fit

Weighin today went well - down .8 from Wednesday. Truthfully I am still disapointed it wasnt more since I am still finding it hard to believe that I am only down .2 from right after Christmas and DEFINITELY eating a lot healthier. Plus, my activity level is phenomenal right now.

I am severely addicted to the Wii Fit! I love it! I wasnt sure what to think before trying as I have heard how cool it was, but didnt ever dream that it as THIS cool. The main focus of the "game" is balance. When you first use it, it assess you and shows you where your center of balance is. I discovered just how off my balance is and this of course affects your posture and core. I tend to put more weight on the left side of my body. I think its very cool that it can do something like that. From there, you do a test which you can repeat as often as daily to see how you are improving. It gave me a good place for BMI, but my Fitness age was 40!!!! I was shocked that it was that high when I do some exercise at least every week.

There are strength exercises, yoga, aerobics, and balance games. In any game that you select, there is an area on the screen that shows where your center of balance is. This is where the strength of this game lies. Most people when they work out, they cannot see if they are holding themselves correctly and therefore do not get as good of a workout as if they knew if they were leaning to one side more or putting pressure on a side. Being able to see where your balance needs to be, you can really center yourself and do the exercises correctly. Yoga is by far my favorite and it is very challenging to keep your center of balance. The aerobics is really fun as well - the wii board can act as a step to do step aerobics. The more you do exercises, the more games and exercises you can unlock as well as more reps of a particular movement or a longer distance. You can also set new goals and see how well you do an exercise compared to the last time you did it.

While you are doing the exercises, it sometimes feels more like a game than anything else and you forget you are actually working out. But trust me - you feel it the next day. I was so sore the last week but its wonderful to know that you can get the benefits of exercise while really enjoying what you are doing.

Best of all - you can run! I am not a runner at all. I despise it. But I love it on this game. You actually run on a path following a person and this not only makes it feel like you are actually running somewhere else than your living room, but also helps that you are following someone so you can set your pace well. So the Wii Fit has actually got me running and THAT is something else.

I think its awesome how a video game platform has really done something like this. People think of video games and sitting on your butt all day, but this has taken what you think of as a video game to the next level. The whole game is so positive and interesting, and keeps you motivated by having to unlock games and such. I think its incredible and think this is really the new way of workout videos. I am addicted! Now if only I would lose some weight....

15 comments:

Crystal said...

The Wii Fit does rock, doesn't it. I enjoy the hula hoop the most. It's a fun way to burn some calories.

carla said...

I still loooooooooooooooong for a wii.

that is all.

:)

Miz.

Cammy said...

Alas, the wii is on my 'would be nice' list. I'll just have to enjoy it by extension. :) Have fun!

new*me said...

most likely all that exercise may have you gaining a little muscle ;)

Liska said...

Your review, added to what friends have told me, has made me really want one. My birthday is very soon, so that's what I'll ask for now. My sister-in-law has one and raves about it. It must be such an incentive to know what your fit "age" is, etc... I know it is quite pricey though. What a great concept. I'll report back if I get one (fingers crossed). x

Scale Junkie said...

I got a wii for Christmas from Ken but I haven't bought the wii fit yet, hopefully soon, it looks like a lot of fun!

Holly said...

Very cool to hear your review of the Wii Fit! I want one SO bad and have been laying heavy hints to a certain someone to buy one. Haha! Hope your weight loss catches up to your activity ASAP!

MB said...

Sounds like a blast. I want one. Anytime you can exercise and have fun at the same time is great and you are more likely to keep doing it. Enjoy!

Carleen said...

wow finally I've been able to understand what it does?!?! it sounds AWESOME!!!!.
we have a wii but have found that it sits unused alot of the time! golf, and tennis can only be soo fun... but that might have to be on the b-day wish list :)

how are you doing?? i've been off the blogging radar a little...

Take Care and happy new year!

Tori said...

I guess since my boys have a Wii I need to get that Wii fit.

.8 is an awesome loss, great job!

Susie said...

That is so great that you have found a form of exercise that you LUV! I want a Wii fit so bad..I think we may be the only house with kids in my area without a Wii...maybe some charity will take a collection for us!?!? :) Some of my friends have it..maybe I can borrow or join them..
I trust your recommendation.

Angie said...

Sounds like a lot of fun!

Grumpy Chair said...

The kids got a Wii for Christmas and I know when I bought it, the Wii Fit was sitting in the back of my mind.

Might have to splurge on it in the next few months.

Wei Sic Meow said...

I *heart* it too! I'm the same as you, not a fan of running, but the Wii Fit has got me running. I love how cute it is and if you run too fast your mii trips and falls down. I work up quite a sweat doing the boxing, I think that might come later because you may need to unlock it. And of course my bf and I still laugh at how silly we look doing the hula, that in itself is entertainment!

Glad you're having fun with it.

Liska said...

I get mine tomorrow - can't "weight"
x