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1/18/10 2:10 P

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I saw that G4 review too but I will have to disagree that they did not use the very best games to test. They tested 3 games. Biggest Loser, Wii Fit Plus, and EA sport active. Where is gold's gym cardio workout that is gets your heart moving more than Wii Fit Plus.

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1/16/10 8:48 P

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I maintain that if it gets you off your butt and gets you moving, I don't care. The fact of the matter is, the Wii fit did what many other programs have tried and worked for some of the population - but not for all.

Wii fit made fitness a GAME. It's FUN. It's not something you HAVE to do, it's something that "hey, I'm going to play games anyway, why not wii fit?"

It may not going to get you a 6-pack but man oh man, I really think that it does a great job for what it is :D

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1/15/10 1:05 P

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I would agree to the Stingo that sounds about right

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1/15/10 10:43 A

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G4 had a podcast episode where they looked at 3 fitness games for the Wii. Their take on them was that Wii Fit was great for beginners, Wii Sports (from EA, not sure of the title) was more for Wii Fit graduates, and that the Biggest Loser provided the most intense workout.

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1/14/10 9:19 P

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I love it when people say "Research" and they mean 1 study of a small demographic. The study doesn't even take into account people who are not exercising at all, or who are older than 20-24. Not to mention it's awfully easy to become proficient at all of those games listed. It's as challenging as you'd like to make it.
A half hour of free running burns 292 calories for me! That's a big difference! And the ability to do it within my house when it's below freezing outside and our local YMCA is shut down is pretty fantastic too.

I also am kind of wary about trusting the study as it says, "If given the choice, researchers suggest using Wii Sports instead of Wii Fit, because Wii Sports involves more continuous jumping and provides a better workout." There is absolutely no jumping with Wii Sports. Your lower torso is stationary for everything but bowling!

Sorry, I love my Wii Fit. It might not be for everyone, and it's not as good as going to a gym, surely. But if you've got kids, are new to working out, or just dont feel like leaving the house it's a fantastic tool. I LOVE it for the instant gratification factor. It creates charts, tracks calories, lets me create a trainer guided workout- it's perfect for the lazy gal in me!

All in all, it's what you make it out to be. If you free run, or do aerobic stepping for 3 hours a day, it's going to kick a half hour at the gym in the ass. If you spend a couple of minutes a day playing ski jump, you might end up with a nice butt as a side effect.


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1/14/10 11:38 A

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Slow reply here.
The first thing that caught my attention is the age group. I didn't read the whole article, but just what you posted on this thread. Are those people healthy or at the very least fairly fit?
For some of us, we don't do much of anything at all. I personally feel that if you aren't doing anything and feel you are overweight be a good amount, of course you are going to lose weight. I would think that enough weight would be lost and enough energy gained to lead to much greater activities and physical fun.
Bottom line is that each person should look at the test subjects in relation to themselves and what they are currently doing.
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11/23/09 11:16 A

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I think Wii Fit is a start to something better. If you can get 30 mintues to work out there and get a routine going then it will be 30 mintues you can transfer to going to the gym or taking a jog. Getting your mind mentally ready for a good work out is all Wii Fit does. I think had they chosen another game to test this theory to they would have found better results. Like might i mention that Gold's Gym Cardio workout? LOL I know I keep plugging for that game since it gets good workout results. However I have not used it in while since joining the gym but I might get started using it again along with the gym.

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I wouldn't believe you could get fit by just doing Wii Fit... but, especially if you're severely overweight, you can lose weight just by eating less and moving around just a little more... so it's a great way to get started I think.

Plus, there seem to be problems with the study anyway. The sample size is only 16 people. When I was back in college studying Psychology, my professor would have laughed at me had a used a sample size of sixteen people.

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11/22/09 11:23 A

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In other Spark news related to the Wii...
They've added more Wii activities to the exercise tracker, as well as updating the Wii Fit calories to be more accurate. Here's a recent post that explains it and links to the studies they used for calculation:
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I feel like there are mixed messages here with the article saying that it doesn't burn many calories and then another article that says the've done more to support the Wii.

However, the usual message of SparkPeople seems to be that any added activity adds up, such as taking the stairs, etc, so I will assume that means they see Wii games as a good thing overall.

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11/21/09 11:30 A

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No it is not intense, but it does get you moving!!!! I agree that it does get you in the mindset of exercising!!!!

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11/21/09 10:41 A

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When I was using it, it definitely wasn't an intense workout, but it did help me get into a fitness mindset. It also helped me build a bit of stamina before starting My Personal Trainer. I was a total out of shape couch potato before, and I do think Wii Fit helped get me away from that.

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Research Says Wii Fit Won't Make You Fit


By: Jen Mueller : 11/20/2009 10:21:17 AM : 122 comments : 4,203 Views

Wii Fit has become a hot trend over the past couple of years. In fact, Wii Fit is now the third best-selling video game of all time. Many people use Wii Fit as a way to get active and have fun. But is it really a workout? Can Wii Fit be used as a substitute for traditional exercise? A new study from ACE (American Council on Exercise), says "no."

The study recruited 16 volunteers, ages 20-24, to test the product. They were given a test to measure their baseline fitness level, and then practiced 6 different Wii Fit games until they could demonstrate proficiency in each. The games were Free Run, Island Run, Free Step, Advanced Step, Super Hula Hoop and Rhythm Boxing.

The results found that none of the activities was sufficient enough to maintain or improve cardiorespiratory endurance as defined by the American College of Sports Medicine. Each of the activities actually burned more calories in "real life" versus doing them virtually in the Wii Fit game. Here were the calories burned results for a 30-minute workout:

Free Run and Island Run: 165 calories
Rhythm Boxing: 114 calories
Super Hula Hoop: 111 calories
Advanced Step: 108 calories
Free Step: 99 calories

Wii Fit burns double the calories of a traditional video game, so it's better than just sitting on the couch. But according to the study, this kind of activity should not be a replacement for your regular session at the gym. If given the choice, researchers suggest using Wii Sports instead of Wii Fit, because Wii Sports involves more continuous jumping and provides a better workout.

If it comes down to it, using Wii Fit is a better option than doing nothing. As with any kind of activity, it's important to find something you enjoy, because then you're more likely to stick with it. But it's also important to understand how effective the exercise is going to be, especially if you're trying to improve your fitness level or lose weight.

Do you agree with the results of this study? Is Wii Fit a workout for you?


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