Saturday, August 25, 2012
I was reading some other people discussing how much fun the Wii game Walk it Out was...then I remembered I bought one in 2010 and it was still in my office closet. I couldn't use it because of my bad knee, so I never even opened it. Well I got it out last night about midnight, and figured out how to use it and they were right, it's fun! Today I walked the equivalent of 7 miles, the game said it was about 26,000 steps, although that seems sort of high to me. My bodymedia fit armband only registered about 4500 steps, but walking in place is not really walking forward, so it's either forward motion or arm movements that is measures. I did however register between 4.5 and 10 calories per minute during the time I used the game, so it's definitely burning a good bit of calories. I was also sweating a good bit too! Altogether it was about 2 1/2 hours time today I spent playing the game. You basically have to walk in beat to music while walking around an island. You earn points for every step you make ON BEAT, and get to spend those points opening up new routes, unlocking new music songs, decorating with trees, benches, buildings etc. I wouldn't have walked so long if I didn't have a competitive spirit and want to keep just getting one more THING. So for the video game addicts like myself out there, it's a keeper and believe it will be easy to keep on using it. It's great to have a way to exercise for a long period of time rather than in short bursts like the wii fit plus like I have been using for the past couple of weeks. I like that too, but the constant changing of games gets frustrating. The only thing I can say against the Walk it Out game, is that the music gets pretty repetitive. It comes with 15 songs unlocked, and you have to click on the white/green CD shaped icons while walking to unlock more. It takes 4 parts to unlock one song, and they are all randomly placed. After about 3 hours of game time I unlocked 9 more songs. I am unlocking songs first for the most part, along with opening new routes and building bridges to get to new places to find more song parts. You can remove songs you don't like, so when I get a lot, I will take some off. Right now I don't like the repeats, so will listed to all of them until I get a good playlist that lasts through the amount of time I'd like to play. You can only hear VACATION so many times before you don't want to hear it ever again!!