Does Wii Fit Actually Work?

Ahead of the festive binge, Mel asks if we can game and gym simultaneously.

By Mel Turnquist. Posted 12/15/2011 15:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

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If there’s one game that makes loyal gamers cringe at the mere sight of it or the mere glance of it, it has to be Wii Fit.

Wii Fit is a very novel idea that helps take advantage of the motion gaming techniques that Wii utilizes and combines it with a rather practical need for most people, namely women: staying fit. They have a variety of exercise related games, it weighs you, and helps you keep track of your health in a way. Loyal gamers don’t like the idea of casual gaming at times, and this seems to epitomize it. However, that’s not the topic at hand here (though I have my issues about what constitutes as real gaming and casual gaming).

What the million dollar question that I’m answering is quite simply “Does it work?” And you want to know what? Actually, it does. I know, it’s surprising, but at least from my own experience with the game, it tends to work…just so long as you keep on it.

I originally got Wii Fit because my mom had heard about it on TV and wanted to try it out. I decided to get it because I wanted to do something nice for my mom and also because I actually was curious to try it out myself. So I bought it and began to check it out with a slightly skeptical frame of thinking. I began to sample the minigames, the yoga, the strength exercises, and found myself taking a liking to it. I began to try to keep a habit of it.

Wouldn’t you know, I started to shed off some pounds.

Wii Fit is a great concept but who really has this much space in their room? Not I.

I went from 163 to 145 within six months. This may not seem like a whole lot to some of you folks, but to me, it was a lot. I’m about 5’4 for what it’s worth (I’m not exactly the healthiest person in the world). And while I’ve gained back about 5 of those pounds due to a lack of room or time to do the Wii Fit these days (though my Wii Fit age is still at 20, which is the lowest it gets), I still keep it around and play it every so often when the time is right. I think that’s going to be my New Year’s Resolution– try to get back in the habit on non-work days and non-school days.

So how did I do this? Well basically, it doesn’t take much. First off, I wouldn’t use Wii Fit completely and utterly on its own. You have to be able to do the basic stuff like eating less or at least more healthy along with exercising outside of Wii Fit. Even if the exercising is walking around a lot, at least something. Now as for the time you take out of doing Wii Fit, you only need about 30 minutes a day. That’s all it really asks from you. You could probably do step aerobics like for 1/3 of the time and then a mixture of other stuff. That’s usually the way I’d roll when I’d use it.

So the point here is that Wii Fit actually does work pretty well. The only issue at hand is making a habit of it. I cannot stress that enough. Make a habit of it. Even if you don’t do the 30 minutes a day, at least take the time out to weigh yourself and check out your age. Just be sure to keep yourself going with it. I need to make some sort of habit of it again, once I can move my spiffy TV into the spare room along with the Wii. Once that happens, then finally, I’ll have the time and the place to do the exercises! But that’s just a random rant.

In conclusion, the Wii Fit is actually a very useful product for those who want to stay in shape or want to at least keep tabs on their health. It’s not the be-all end-all, but it actually does work in shedding the pounds if it’s done right and daily.

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