I've always been on carpet, and I've always used the official mats (the ones that come with the games). They aren't bad. I have a tendency for it to move crooked (so that it's at an angle instead of straight to the TV), but not wad up at all. Hubby plays on the harder settings (around 6 footer songs, although I think they use flames in the Wii versions), and it moves a bit more on him. But on the lower difficulties the mats are fine.
the cheap mats (third-party, bought separately from the games) move around more than the official ones (I did use them once--not fun at all--it was sorta like surfing on them or something...lol.)
You can buy "metal mats"--they look like the arcade version of DDR.
You can also find a site online--it was referenced here a LONG time ago by Lollifer in some DDR thread, and she did it and really liked it, where you can make a soft mat into a solid mat with some tape, a board, and some of that clear office floor mats stuff.--it can get a bit heavy to move around, but it's also solid to use. Just make sure that the mat you use for it works properly first.
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Fitness Minutes: (37,594) Posts: 391 6/19/09 3:32 P
I'll just add that I was another person who loved the Wii Fit Step until it got boring. Then I got DDR and LOVED it. Even though it is flat, I still get an incredible workout with it. And it keeps my brain active and ... I just LOVE it! Even after a year of using it! (I got it the Friday before Father's Day last year and couldn't save it for Sunday...)
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Fitness Minutes: (37,594) Posts: 391 6/18/09 9:07 P
I've also got some used Step videos I scrounged on Amazon.ca including the classic Jane Fonda one. Gonna toss a coin and see if I start stepping to Fonda or Kathy Smith first.
One surprise is that at the basic height (4 1/4 inches) the Bally step is slightly lower than my Balance Board with the 3 inch Everlast riser on it. Male ego demands that I increase rather than decrease the height of my step so I popped an extension into place and jumped it to 5 1/2 inches. If anyone hears a weird, wet noise from Western Canada in the next hour or two that was just me regurgitating a lung.
I went over my calories today and desperate measures are called for. :-)
The Free Step mode is made for what I call mindless stepping, just stepping on and off while you watch something else. Of course, I have "Game TVs" and "Watching TVs", both in different rooms, so I don't watch anything while I'm on the Wii. Sometimes my son'll be on the computer, and I'll step while watching him, but usually... no.
So, what I do, is shake it up a little. I'm a "Calorie Incinerator" already, so what do I have to lose if I don't get all the steps in? I go from things like the regular step with big arm movements (pushing arms up and down above my head is a taxing one that I love), to going up-forward-back-back, up-left-right-right-left-back, etc. If I plan ahead and am wearing headphones, I do my paces to the beat of the music, change my steps to marches, and even do little hip sways, claps, and kicks if the mood strikes.
I'm kind of limited in what I can buy at the moment, so using my imagination is key for the moment.
Edited by: SHINAKO at: 6/17/2009 (11:59)
"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." - Chinese Proverb ♥♥♥ Short-Term Goal: 170 Mid-term Goal: 150 Ideal Weight: 120-140
I've discovered that I absolutely love step aerobics. It's a heckuva good calorie burn without having to kill myself jogging. Doesn't require a lot in terms of equipment or space. The problem is that the Step games in the Wii fit are so ... limited.
I'm hoping that the Step games in EA Active are more comprehensive (if Amazon ever ships the darn thing -- it was back ordered).
Truthfully, I think I'm going to move beyond what the Wii offers within the next month. I can already Step for 45 minutes straight using the 4 inch step and my endurance is improving rapidly. I'm looking at going out and buying a proper Bally aerobics step along with some videos.
I'll continue using the Wii Fit for the balance and strength games, but I'm rapidly outgrowing the Step games.
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