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Need Help! I Know Nothing About Wii Fitness and Need Advice!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Rick, my dear husband, really needs to lose weight, get in shape, and get his blood sugar under control. He knows this, and keeps starting exercise or diet improvements, but never follows through. He claims that in the winter he has no daylight hours in which to exercise, which is somewhat true. We don't belong to a gym and have only a decrepit stationary bike here at home.

Anyway, I'm seriously thinking about getting a Wii and some of the fitness stuff for his birthday gift in hopes that he would find it fun and motivating. But I know NOTHING about gaming systems or the Wii. I need help! How does it work? What sort of extra stuff do you need besides the actual Wii? Is it worth the money? What programs, equipment, etc. are the best? If it's nothing more than what you can do with a DVD, he wouldn't go for it.

Any and all advice would be much appreciated! Please don't assume I know anything at all, 'cause I don't!!!
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  • TEMPEST272002
    I know I"m late chiming in & I don't know anything about wii's... but I wanted to remind you of my favourite workout book "You Are Your Own Gym" by Mark Lauren. I love it because the workouts are effective & I can do them anywhere. The wii certainly plays into the fun factor though... I'm hoping to get one for Christmas myself.
    1920 days ago
    I wish I could help.
    1935 days ago
    I think the big difference between using the Wii and doing a DVD is the feedback that the Wii will give you. It's encouraging to me and I do really enjoy it when I use it. But it's like anything else. You have to make time for it, use it, and be consistent in order to get results. It looks like you've already received a lot of feedback and info on this. When we got ours, I had my husband look at the stuff online about it and he was very interested in it...but after we got it, I ended up using it more than him. Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
    1935 days ago
    I have a Wii and the program "my fitness coach". I actually prefer the original to the My Fitness Coach 2. You start by creating your profile, which includes going through some exercises to see how much you can do, how many squats, how far you can stretch, etc. Based on your current fitness level, it generates workouts that can last any length of time from 15 minutes to 75 minutes in 15 minute increments. When you are following the exercises, it will ask periodically how hard that was for you, so it can adjust future workouts to be harder or easier depending on your skill level. It mixes up the exercises each time, so you don't end up with the same routine over and over.

    Other fun exercise programs for the Wii are Dance, Dance Revolution (requires a pad. It's a really fun party game. People in game arcades pay a lot of money to play it and it can really get your heart going) and Zumba.

    I don't really care for Wii fit programs that require the balance board. Few of them really get your heart going or your strength up. My fitness coach 2 does use the balance board better than some other programs.

    I recommend that you ask around to see which of your friends have a Wii and ask to try their fitness programs to see if your husband finds any of them fun. Fun is the key here as you know it's the way to make sure he'll keep it up.


    What you will NEED: The Wii and the program you choose. If you get My Fitness Coach or Zumba, you do not need to get anything else. MFC will ask you if you have a step, a ball, and or hand weights, but if you don't have any of those will still generate workouts that don't need them. If you say you have any of them, it will incorporate the ones you have. You will need to be able to put the Wii in a space where you can move pretty freely. That's it, really.
    1939 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/1/2012 7:09:33 AM
    I have a Wii Fit and I like it, it is especially good for non-athletic people. I also have the game for Wii calked Active. That one has all kinds of different exercises, and it can be as easy or hard as you want. I would get him Wii Fit Plus and Wii Active as a good starting point.
    1939 days ago
    Our grown DD has a Wii Fit and I thought it was great fun for some of the family parties. But I agree with the person that said it was "kiddie" like. I did like the yoga program, however, I did not think the other ones were that great for a serious fitness program. I prefer some of my DVD's. Really like one by SP's Nicole! Good luck!
    1939 days ago
  • MARTY728
    This is a tough one. I have acted exactly like your husband. I my case I would stop because I wanted to and found excuses. Any thing that can be done with a Wii is available on the many free exercise videos here and online. I had to want to do it for me.
    1940 days ago
    We had one and in my opinion it is fun for the first few times you do it, but it gets old real fast. It's nothing I could really keep up with. It's kind of "kiddie"--- not sure if your hubby would like that. And for me it never really felt like a workout, meaning I could never get my heart rate up and never felt sore or like I'd worked ou at all- and this was when I was at my heaviest. But different things work for different people! :) Good luck!
    1940 days ago
    How to motivate men?

    I remember a Clint Eastwood movie, probably one of his fighting ones. He had to train; so his manager sent over a girl to help with his training. If he could catch up with her (as the saying goes in Mamma Mia ...)

    Are you ready to run ahead of him, and if he catches you ( ... )

    I thing that ought to help in some way. Wii, I know nothing about. Good luck.


    1940 days ago
  • ANDI571
    We bought a Wii a few years ago and I really did like it. But, I over did it and ended up with chronic tendonitis in my feet. That was my fault though. I was having fun, and didn't relalize once my foot starting hurting, I needed to back off, just like any exercise when you have an injury. The Wii came with a couple of games, then we bought several that we liked. After I hurt my foot, my daughter bought it off of me. She used it awhile then stopped. So it's like anything else, its useful if you use it.

    You can keep track of your weight and everything with it. It's a bit expensive if you don't keep using it.
    1940 days ago
    I used Wii Fit to lose about half of the 95 total I burned off. I used it to track my weight loss and assumed calories burned during the workouts. I used the features to put together a 45 minute strength training and yoga routine, followed by a 30 minute cardio workout of the cardio options, like a step workout, or hula hoop, or jogging in place, or biking. As I progressed in my weight loss, I also added 1 lb weights and a step riser to get more burn. The system uses your body movement to determine your movements and burn in game.

    That said, a tool is only effective if it is actually used. I had many friends who wanted to lose weight and owned Wii Fit, but never did anything with it.
    1940 days ago
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