The EA Active and EA Active More Workouts would be a step up if the wii fit is getting a bit too easy for you, depending on where you are in ability. The wii fit may (or may not) be be plenty of exercise for you for awhile. But if you are ready for more, then the EA Active is a good place to start.
While the EA Active More Workouts, I guess would be considered an expansion to the EA Active, it does not completely replace it. It is not like the Wii Fit/Wii Fit Plus, where the Wii Fit Plus had everything the Wii fit had with additional activities/exercises. The EA Active and the EA Active More Workouts have different sets of exercises. While my first thought on that was blah, that sucks, since I assumed it would be like the wii fit/plus where one replaced the other, I have since changed my mind. Here is why...
You may often hear or read how you need to change your workout every so often because your body gets used to the same routines and gets too efficient at doing them (burns less calories, builds less muscle for the same amount of effort). The EA Active had a 30 day challenge with 20 different workouts combining a variety of different exercises. While each workout may have been unique (maybe), it was still using the same x mixture of options that your body may have gotten used to after 1,2,or 3 cycles through of the challenges (for easy, medium, and hard). Now we have the EA Active More Workouts, which has a 6 week challenge. The same old exercises would have made this boring both mentally and physically, even if they added a few new exercises to the old. Instead, they gave new exercises, even if they were adaptations to the old (cross over lunge instead of a straight lunge, side lunge during the squash exercise instead of a straight side lunge set, etc). Giving you a different set of exercises, or similar exercises at a different angle or in a different full body combination, helps keep the activity fresh both to the mind and to the body.
Basically, the babbling in the previous paragraph states that both the EA Active and the EA Active More Workouts are both worth using. No need to pick one or the other. Do a challenge from one and then a challenge from the other. The exercises are similar enough so that you know what you are doing, yet different enough to keep you mentally and physically challenged and interested.
If you only have the money to get one or the other..that would then depend. The original (EA Active) comes with the game, the leg strap, an exercise band, and the handles for the band. If you *need* the strap, band, and handles, then it would be worth getting the EA Active first, then getting the More Workouts when you have more spending money. If you already have a workout band/tube with handles that you are comfortable holding at the same time as the remote/nunchuck, then you can stick the nunchuck in a pocket or (as someone recently suggested in another sparkteam) pin a baby sock to your workout pants to hold the nunchuck, and start off with the More Active version. Either way, you need some way to stick the nunchuck to your thigh to montior leg movements and a resistance band for additional resistance that you can comfortably hold onto at the same time as the remotes (the usual bar type handholds that often come with pilate equipment do not work well here).
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