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Track Calories Burned for Wii and Wii Fit Activities

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Hi everyone!

We know that many members enjoy exercising and getting active by using the Nintendo Wii and Wii Fit. We have received many inquiries about how to track these exercises on the site, but until now, we didn't have any data available about the calories burned for these activities.

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) has published two research studies about the fitness benefits of various Wii activities, and these studies also included the average calories burned based on study participants. Now that this information is available, we have added several Wii and Wii Fit activities to our cardio tracker so that members can estimate how many calories they burn. You'll now be able to track and estimate your calorie burn more accurately for 11 Wii (baseball, bowling, boxing, golf and tennis) and Wii Fit (advanced step, free run, free step, island run, rhythm boxing and super hula hoop) exercises, thanks to this recent research.

To estimate your calorie burn and/or add these activities to your Fitness Tracker, simply click the "Add Cardio" button and perform a search for "Wii" or "Wii Fit." Enter the number of minutes you performed the exercise and then "Show Calories Burned" or "Add Exercise." It's that simple!

If you'd like to review the studies conducted by ACE, you can download the PDFs from ACE by clicking the links below. Please note that you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open these documents. We recommend reading these links for more information about using a Wii for fitness.
Wii Fit study
Wii study

We hope you enjoy this update to the SparkPeople Fitness Tracker!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GWEN_IN_TEXAS 3/21/2015 9:35PM

  I used to have a wii system until someone broke into my house and decided they needed it more than I did. Anyways I used to do a game called Walk It Out. Just wondering if anyone else is using that. I really liked doing that. Also my grandkids do the Michael Jackson Dance Game. You're scored by how accurately you simulate the moves. That is a workout, especially against the younger ones.

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JAT1214 5/25/2012 2:41PM

  Can we get Just Dance added in for the Wii?

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    well I tell you I shed some sweat on my Wii and I really do love it, yes I'm obese (yes,I said it) and am trying to stay motivated and it is fun to see progress and to try to compete with my granddaughters who are pencil thin !! I just want to track it on my fitness tracker and what may be nothing to someone thin, means a WHOLE LOT to someone like me, so I am going to continue to MOVE and lose this weight !!! Yea Wii !! emoticon emoticon

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KATEHICKEY55 7/6/2011 9:13PM

  Once again they tested on college students--did they ever think of testing this for older people? Perhaps the "mild workout" would be just the ticket? And I have to agree with the author's closing comment--the best workout is one that you will do. I really love the Wii Fit. I'm exercising DAILY because it is fun. I don't have to drag myself to do it. I have to believe that this is a very good thing.

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RESTLESSMOMMA4 3/7/2011 11:02AM

    Just started working out on the Wii Fit again today :)

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BLARSH 1/11/2011 7:53PM

    I agree with RANNVEIGS that data for the Wii Fit Yoga and Strength would be very very nice. Thanks (';')

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  I just purchased a Wii and I am in love. My motivation increased from 30% to 100%. My favorite game is Just Dance 2. I wish I could add this option to my tracker and convert my sweat points to actual calories burned.

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CRUISERGRL 11/20/2010 4:40PM

    Anything that keeps me moving has got to be a good thing! While I am not going to substitute my regular gym routine with a Wii game, I am happy to know that playing the occasional Wii game will mean more calories burned. Yippee for me!


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AKELIM 8/9/2010 4:43PM

    I need to be able to track my calories burned using the different activities available on Wii Sports Active....any idea when those might be available?

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PROVERBS31JULIA 8/6/2010 6:31PM

    After thinking I was going to be the last person on earth to get a Wii, my brother recently bought the newer (black case) Wii which came with the Resort Sports or some such. We eventually bought the balance board with the older Wii Fit (on eBay, good price! yay us!), and then just a few weeks ago, my husband and son bought me the Wii Fit Plus. I like it more because it goes ahead and puts up the calories burned, based on what it has already determined for your weight and BMI and what you've told it for gender, height, age.

So today, I noticed on the iPhone app, it still shows the old Wii entry for an exercise and defaults to its own calorie calculation (which may mean that I need to adjust my weight on Sparkpeople to agree with what Wii tells me, even though that number is different from what my scales tell me (I've got one of those digital ones that measures BMI through electrical impedance)?? I just came on here and did the entry for free step based on time and calories burned (the Wii version of my calories burned).

"Exercise loves me so, for the Wii screen tells me so!" (okay so it doesn't really rhyme with the old Sunday School song...)

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PSYCHODAN 7/12/2010 3:57AM

    Calorie burn on Wii Golf and Bowling? Surely you jest!

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HOLLYQUINN 6/22/2010 8:15PM

    I have a qualm with this study and the system set up now in the Cardio count... are the calories burned really so much less than the Wii Fit Plus system says? I find that even their estimation feels like less than I'm actually burning, but then this system says I'm burning even less?
I would burn around 230 for 20 minutes under the "Dance: Fast, Ballet, Twist" thing, even though I was actually doing Pump It Up and Dance Dance Revolution, and that got me through weight loss easily before, so it was accurate enough.
This, though? The calorie burning counts are way off from each other for each activity...

Comment edited on: 6/22/2010 8:17:15 PM

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THESTORYLADY 6/16/2010 12:37PM

    Thanks so much!

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THESTORYLADY 6/16/2010 12:37PM

    Thanks so much!

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KRAFTYONE1 5/31/2010 5:21PM

    emoticon The Wii is great. It is a great way for the Senior group to get moving and have fun at the same time.

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RANNVEIGS 5/3/2010 5:25AM

    Yes data for the Wii Fit Yoga and Strength Exercises would be very helpful.
But thank you for adding the Cardio :)

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6GIRLS3BOYS 4/20/2010 9:09PM

    I have the same question as SLAM_X. I just started the Wii Fit plus but I don't know how to track it here on Sparkpeople.

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SLAM_X 4/17/2010 10:05AM

    How do I track the Muscle, Yoga & Balance exercises from my Wii fit Plus Workout?

These don't fall into the cardio categories that you currently list.

I would like to list the Muscle ones under Strength Training as that's what they are BUT although we can add our own exercises, under Strength there is no option for 'own bodyweight' resistance excercises.

I can't add them under Cardio either as I'm not sure of the calorie burn rate for these as the WiiFit just calculates all at the same calorie burn per minute :( (and they aren't cardio anyway).

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JENNYA1964 4/13/2010 3:15PM

  How about adding the Wii Fit Plus strength exercises?

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PALMETTOWREN 4/9/2010 5:52PM

    I have a question about the Wii Fit study. The participants were 20-24 year olds. The article doesn't give any information on their weight. So how can they say that "this activity burns this many calories"? Doesn't that depend a lot on the person's weight? Every calorie-burn estimator I've seen takes the person's weight into account. I'm pretty sure it takes a lot more energy to move 300 lbs through 30 minutes of stepping than it would to move 150 lbs through that same 30 minutes. So couldn't these calorie burns be way off if a person weighs a lot more or a let less than average?

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BRENDAT666 4/4/2010 8:39PM

    Yeah! Very cool, the wii fit is great - I can get some exercise in after I put the kids to bed.

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CG66044 4/2/2010 10:56AM

  How about EA Active and More exercises. I LOVE these!

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ARTGIRLJENN 3/21/2010 2:16PM

    I LOVEEEE the wii!
It's a great FUN choice when you want to not feel so 'serious' about exercise, lol!
I like to start with 20 minutes boxing, then 20 min tennis, then 20 m bowling.

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HERC1983 2/21/2010 5:15PM

    Thanks! This is a great addition for SPARKpeople! emoticon

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7KRISTA7 1/29/2010 12:10PM

  I workout with Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2010, any way you could add this in I do the circuit training MWF! Thanks

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    Thanks for adding this. I have a Wii and ordered the Wii Fit Plus. This is just perfect because I had no idea how to track those things. Job well done!!

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JAZZYONE53 1/19/2010 8:34AM

    I'm so glad that wii fit can be tracked because I'm planning on getting one.

I plan on using it for part of my fitness routine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NOTMILK 1/17/2010 9:50AM

    Just wondering if there is a way to add your own exercises including Calories burned? It would be great if we could add our own (kind of like the food option) especially since different people burn calories at different rates. Thanks for the AWESOME site!

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TXSASSY76 1/15/2010 9:12AM

    I'm glad that the wii can now be tracked, but I wish there were more to choose from.

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KMPOWER 1/11/2010 3:56PM

    I'm so glad that wii fit can be tracked because I'm getting one for my birthday and I plan on using it for part of my fintness plan. emoticon

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LESLEY444 1/9/2010 9:38PM

    I got my Wii Fit Plus for Christmas. It was the only thing I wanted. Oh, I also want a NO SPIN ZONE door mat! Got that too.
I looooooove my Wii Fit Plus and have played every day. I added the workouts on it to my weight lifting and stationary biking. Today I tried the obstacle coarse! It was the most fun I have had and that is saying a lot because I have loved all of the challenge except the hula hoop. My mii doesn't bend at the right time. Nuts!
I hope Lesliehick gets hers soon.

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HAIRDO 1/9/2010 7:24PM

  Thank you coach Nicole. Good info,also a BIG Thanks for the Body buster videos,I just finished Day 7 and I really like working out with you as my personal trainer. I know I couldn't do it alone,Just when I think ouch I don't want to do another one,you gently encourage me with "Just 2 more" and I think ok I can do 2 more,and then you say a couple more before we stretch and I think ok I can keep going.....Thanks

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TSTECH 1/7/2010 8:53AM

    I think that is a great idea JCourser would love to be able to track the strength training that I am doing on my Wii.

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CINDYY00 1/6/2010 11:41AM

    Yay! Thanks

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FORTKATE 1/5/2010 4:05PM

    Thanks for adding this!

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JCOURSER 1/5/2010 11:01AM

    Please update it to add some of the balance/core exercises/games and training activities in the Wii Fit Plus... it is hard to add them in as nothing now really fits. I am tracking on my notes but isn't giving me my "credit" for the work I am doing! Maybe make a section for just Wii fit/fit plus categories since it seems to be so popular now. Thanks!

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CAROSTAD 1/5/2010 10:55AM

  I love my Wii Fit and am so glad I can combine my exercise with Sparks. Yay Sparks!

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MOMMATRACY 1/4/2010 8:44PM

    That's great! Any news on how best to log My Fitness Coach Wii game exercises?

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MISSPERKY32 1/4/2010 6:07PM

    emoticon This is very helpful! I can't stop playing my Wii I got for Christmas but I figure it must be better than watching TV all night!

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LINDA6105 1/3/2010 3:51PM

    My daugther love this

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LESLIEHICK 12/30/2009 1:35PM

  I want a Wii too. The minute they began to advertise them I knew I wanted one. Now I am saving,planning and will get one in the new year!!!Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy emoticon

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CHUBBYSTRESS 12/30/2009 12:15AM


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EVERGREENE 12/29/2009 6:42AM

    Thanks! I am waiting on my wii in the mail! I bought it because of the exercise and the biggest loser game!

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SPARKEE 12/27/2009 8:36PM


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MICHELE_L 12/26/2009 9:52PM

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REVELATIONGIRL 12/25/2009 7:30PM

    Wow! This site is amazing.

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NEWSTART123 12/20/2009 10:20AM

    Thank you! I recently purchased the Wii Sports Edition and Wii Fit. It'll be great to be able to track my use of them. emoticon

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JEWITCH 12/19/2009 11:16AM

    emoticon and emoticon SP!

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MDICROCE 12/11/2009 2:03PM

  I got a slow start with the Wii Fit and the Wii Active, but now that I am doing CURVES Smart, I am going to try to incorporate Wii Active on the days I don't do Curves.

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JEANNEROBERTSON 12/10/2009 10:19AM

  Thanks! What a wonderful feature. I have been using the Wii and Wii Fit and other games that go with it but did not know how to track them. You guys are great! emoticon

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