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MINNIESPEARL Posts: 5
1/8/11 4:48 P

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I haven't been doing Wii Fit for a few months now. But I think one of my problems had been that I had not been doing ANY exercise for a long, long time. Another thing was that, according to the yoga website that was suggested in another post, the balance board complicates the position of some of the exercises. Also, I agree that the poses were beyond my ability and that required good balance to start with, which I didn't have. Since I have heard of other programs that work with Wii but can be adjusted for one's personal fitness, I think I should try those. I deeply appreciate all your suggestions.

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9/15/10 9:43 A

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Hi MinniesPearl, I've been doing yoga for about 15 years (off and on). I walk or run an hour every day, and the only time I feel trouble in my back is when I do "Pelvacore" a 3 dimension exercise I learned from a professional Physical Therapist. I have no problem with the Wii Fit. I am 68 years young. I wish you good health. emoticon

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9/13/10 12:40 P

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You mention your age briefly in your first post - I'll take a guess based on your mention of "Grandkids" on your SparkPage, feel free to disregard what I'm about to say:

There might be some yoga videos aimed at the older set, taking a more gentle and progressive stance, with more modifications. YogaJournal and Gaiam both produce videos of excellent quality, you might look at their online catalogs.

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MINNIESPEARL Posts: 5
9/13/10 11:44 A

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Thanks for the insight into the Wii Fit yoga poses. I think you have hit the nail on the head, and the DVD you mentioned seems like it would be very useful. I did think the Wii Fit yoga was difficult for a beginner, but thinking they would know all about yoga, I went ahead. I eliminated all the one-leg stuff right off the bat. It seems like a progressive introduction would be a better approach. Thanks for your helpful response. :)

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9/13/10 11:09 A

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I believe the health problems that have been reported with the Wii Fit are that people aren't warming up and cooling down or stretching when they work out - it's just a game, right? emoticon

That said, as someone who's been doing yoga off and on for years, I will NOT do the yoga poses on the Wii Fit. I think a lot of those poses put you into unstable configurations and can lead to more injury than "regular" yoga. If you Google "yoga poses on wii fit" you will come across a few articles that give more information on this.

If you're interested in yoga, you might look at some of the Rodney Yee beginner yoga tapes. I also really like Yoga Journal's Step by Step series, particularly Session 1, but they're available much cheaper if you buy the three-pack: www.yogajournal.com/shop/home_practi
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- the nice thing about this particular set for a beginner is that you can run through the poses in the regular "flow", of course, but also there is an option for the instructor to walk through step by step with a model and show both modifications for your ability/flexibility/skill and common errors to watch out for, and, more importantly, there is an option to walk through the poses with medical commentary and it really goes over conditions that the pose can help and conditions that would give a reason to avoid a pose, as well as common injuries that are signs of doing the pose wrong. emoticon

Of course, the best answer with yoga is that if you ever feel any pain STOP RIGHT THERE. Look for a modification of your pose or just rest. Listen to your body, it will tell you what is too much.

And... now you know way more about yoga than you wanted to. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MINNIESPEARL Posts: 5
9/13/10 10:00 A

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I did mention it to the doctor but I guess there were other, higher priority things that needed to be dealt with. If it continues, I'll go back to him. It's just that my nephew told me he'd heard of people overdoing it on the Wii Fit and hurting themselves. I haven't seen any reports myself. I was hoping to hear that people had only had temporary injury and went on to use the Wii successfully. I've had a week or so off because of company, but I'm thinking about starting back. I'll just do Island run and step exercises and so on. I really enjoy the various activities on Wii Fit and Wii Sport. Thanks for your message.

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9/12/10 8:30 P

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I, personally, haven't heard of anything like that. Is it possible you could get it checked out by a doctor? If you do yoga via other sources (video, workout plan, etc.) does the spot still hurt?

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9/12/10 4:46 P

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I really went all out (for a person my age) to do as much as I could on Wii Fit. It improved my balance, but a spot that used to ache a little under the ribs on one side became more sore. The palm tree pose makes it hurt on that side. Sometimes I just do the good side. I quit trying crunches and stuff that's hard on the back. I just wonder how I can get around this problem and still get my exercise. The basic run isn't so bad. I do hula hoop and balance table, skateboard, ski slalom, etc. My sense of balance has improved a lot. I'm hoping the spot on my side will get better and hasn't been a permanent injury. I have lost about 20 lbs. doing this along with reduced calories.

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