Wii Fit Review

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The Wii is a home video game console manufactured by Nintendo. Wii Fit is an active-play fitness-simulation game, designed for use with the Nintendo Wii and meant to help people keep fit and lose weight. The game includes balance oriented activities, muscle stretches, aerobics, and yoga. The game provide a whole workout, emphasizing slower and more controlled motions that strengthen a person’s core.

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Product Features

Before starting the game, one creates a profile by allowing the Wii to assess one’s BMI (or Body Mass Index: the measure of a person’s body fat based on their height and weight) and Wii Fit Age (a balance test used to assess a person’s ‘fitness age,’ placed on a scale from twenty to eighty years old). Once a BMI and fitness age have been assigned, the player chooses from the four main categories of exercise: Balance Games, Aerobics, Yoga, and Strength Training. Wii Fit acts as the player’s personal trainer, helping him or her set realistic goals and then challenging them to meet them. Strength Training includes exercises like single leg extensions, arm and leg lifts, torso twists, and lunges. Aerobic exercises include moves like the hula hoop, the advanced step, rhythm boxing, and free running. Yoga exercises hone balance and flexibility, with poses like the half-moon, the cobra, the warrior, and the sun salutation. The balance games are meant to be fun, and include moves like soccer heading, ski slalom, the balance bubble, and the lotus focus. Wii Fit tracks all of these activities and issues occasional challenges, to help the player improve and stay fit.

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Advantages

  • Wii Fit is an innovative way to train, without spending money for a personal trainer or having to leave the house.
  • Wii Fit allows one to check daily progress and Wii Fit Age.
  • Wii Fit allows users to enter any exercise time they’ve done outside the Wii Fit system.

Disadvantages

  • One must have a Wii console to play Wii Fit. The Wii console is sold separately and might be cost prohibitive for some.
  • Users complain that one can spend more time navigating the various pages than actually exercising.
  • Users also complain that the Wii Fit Age isn’t an accurate reading of one’s fitness age and fluctuates wildly from day to day.

Conclusion

Someone who likes to play games, already has a Wii, and wants to lean to exercise may find the Wii Fit a useful way to lose weight and stay trim. Most reviews at customer websites are quite enthusiastic about the Wii Fit, and report losing weight and feeling encouraged to exercise more.

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    Kathy

    Someone gave me a dvd wii fit do I need to have a balanc board?

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