Good morning! I have a Wii, so hopefully I can help a bit.
First, the main game system comes with sports games like bowling and golf. These won't be on the same level as a regular cardio workout. I think it is great if you are using it to replace otherwise sedentary things (like if you would normally watch TV, play Wii instead).
Also, the Wii Fit is an extra you can buy that costs more than a game - it is almost an additional system. This is the thing you see people standing on. I got one for Christmas and it is pretty amazing. I still don't use it as a replacement for cardio, but I can get a quick small workout in on it for a little calorie burn. It comes with a bunch of games I personally find really fun, so we haven't bought any additional games with it. It also has strength training and yoga components that I have personally found plenty challenging to help develop muscle (for me). There are also aspects that help you stay motivated - weight/BMI graphs, "points" for the number of minutes you work out (and you can enter minutes you spend doing workouts elsewhere), etc. All very fun.
Overall I recommend getting the Wii and investing in a Wii Fit before you buy any additional games. If you're like me, once you get the Fit, you won't want to play any other games. :)
I hope this helps answer your questions!
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Hello everyone, I am a 30 year old full time working mom. I live in crestview. I have a 2 year old daughter Riley, a 7 year old son Hunter who is special needs (if you are a nurse at sacred heart you may know him), and a 9 year old daughter Erin. I work all day as a teacher to 10 sweet and sometimes trying 1 year olds. I started trying to lose weight about 2 years ago and lost about 35 pounds relatively easily since then I have plateaued and even gained back some despite being much more healthy and going to the gym 3 days a week most weeks. I have made up my mind that I am tired of being fat and ready to make a commitment to losing weight. I plan on going to bootcamp 1-3 days a week as well as cardio two days a week. thinking of getting some wii games for exercising by myself and with my kids, do they really help? which ones do you recommend?
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