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Fitness Minutes: (18,257) Posts: 94 1/26/11 7:02 P
I love my Wii fit and cannot believe I waited so long to hook it up. I love that it has an activity log so you can log other exercise you do. My personal favorite is yoga. The junk in my trunk is the highest it's been in YEARS and I've done less than 20 workouts doing every yoga pose. I have an EA Sports game coming and from another post on here intend to buy the Zumba game as well. Wii you like to play?
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current weight: 142.8
Posts: 909 1/26/11 11:54 A
Agree with all posts-- LOVE my Wii Fit. In addition to a personal workout, it is so much fun to do as a family. It is a great way to encourage a less sedentary lifestyle to our kids, especially during the winter months when my asthma keeps me from being outside in the cold. Plus, we have a really small house, so there aren't a lot of opportunities for exercise otherwise. So, the Wii Fit is a God-send for our family!
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current weight: 220.5
Fitness Minutes: (50,575) Posts: 292 1/25/11 2:58 P
To keep at it exercise has to be fun. To get benefit it needs to raise your heart rate, strengthen muscles, and keep your flexibility. If the wii does all that (mine does with a lot of variation) it qualifies in my book as exercise. I am not a triathlete, so maybe I don't qualify. But my heart rate gets up. I move more. I like it so I do it every day. That settles it in my mind.
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Pounds lost: 14.4
Fitness Minutes: (1,881) Posts: 43 1/25/11 11:37 A
My husband and I can't go to a gym. He works various shifts, and we only have one car plus live a good 20 miles from the closest gym.
We love our Wii Fit Plus and try to do at least a half hour daily - most days we each do an hour. And it motivates us to do other things too - On sunny days, we'll go out and take a 2 mile walk with his parent's dog. We didn't have the energy/motivation to do much before!
And we can see an improvement in our muscles for sure.
Plus, it IS fun and I think it's important to make exercise fun. We have our friend's 15 yr-old over and he'll do the Wii Fit because it's fun, and he's overweight and hates to exercise.
I hear this augment all the time wii is not exercise. Well before the wii I weight 162 now I weight 154. I lose more weight with my six month of wii then I did with six months of my exercise DVD. You need to fine what work for you. If you very active there other game on the wii that might be for you. IF you not that active wii fit is probably the game for you.
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current weight: 146.0
Fitness Minutes: (4,542) Posts: 227 12/1/10 1:43 P
I think the Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus are exercises. There is yoga, strength training, and aerobic. I get tired and sweaty from doing the boxing, hoola hoop, and the other things too.
Pounds lost: 0.0
Fitness Minutes: (71,108) Posts: 6,192 11/30/10 9:50 P
I don't have a gym close to me and can't afford gym equipment even if I had room for it. I use Wii fit, island, and sports (and will until I can hold out to do more). Days like today when I'm having a lot of joint pain I can "play the golf game" I know it's working some because I sweat while playing.
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current weight: 259.0
Fitness Minutes: (2,654) Posts: 748 11/26/10 1:07 A
I think it is exercise cause it gets you up and moving so isn't that what exercise is moving. Plus it's fun and it takes the boren out of it.
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Pounds lost: 0.0
Fitness Minutes: (17,838) Posts: 1,316 5/29/10 6:41 P
The Wii is wonderful at what it was meant to do. That was to get people up and moving and interacting with games more instead of simply sitting there moving buttons with their fingers at all those other games.
Anything that gets us up and moving instead of mindlessly watching tv in our free time has got to be good. It's what got me moving in the first place. DH bought the Wii system specifically for me to use to exercise with. He didn't expect that it would be the only way I'd exercise, but to get me off the couch in the first place and maybe for us to use together once in a while to have some fun. That's exactly what happened.
I used the Fit Plus and started moving every day and started losing weight. Then I bought My Fitness Coach and I lost inches. I caught the flu from the kids I'm around all the time and didn't do anything, but when I ready, I did the Fit Plus for a few days to ease back into being active, then back to the MFC. Now I'm ready for something more and I'm using a workout DVD instead. I'll probably use the Wii here and there and still use the games with DH for fun, but it sure did serve it's purpose in getting me up and moving and motivated to do more. I recommend it to others, especially those who can't get up and do a lot more.
Pounds lost: 21.0
Fitness Minutes: (15,170) Posts: 4,590 5/29/10 6:59 A
I love the Walk It Out game. You need to build up an island, buildings, trees, windmills, a blimp. I started out at 10 minutes a day, now I am up to 45 and walking over 2 miles. I usually do this every day unless my hip is acting up (arthritis) then I can barely walk.
For someone not in very good shape this is a very good workout.
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current weight: 192.9
Posts: 521 5/28/10 7:02 P
I agree with the majority of the replies here. I have a tendency to get bored and make excuses not to work out. With the Wii Fit Plus I like to get on there and do a 30 min. routine. It does make me sweat and get my heart rate up a bit. That's probably because I haven't been in very good shape for some time! I enjoy playing the games on the Wii Fit Plus as well. I do agree that eventually it will no longer be challenging and I'll have to move on to more strenuous work outs, but if it gets me off my butt and moving that's a plus! I'm also looking into Wii Walk it Out and EA Sports Active. I think those two will also help a lot.
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current weight: 162.6
Posts: 6,730 3/11/10 10:51 P
My case is another anecdote: I started using EAS Sports Active in August in earnest, and then the EAS More Workouts, and lost 15 pounds without changing much else in my life.
However, though I added muscle (and lost inches), I wasn't losing the fat, so I've been doing more, but I know the Wii alone won't help me get to my ultimate goals. Not only is it somewhat motion-restrictive, I think I need to round out my repertoire in order to avoid boredom and to keep my muscles "guessing".
I must admit, it's been my godsend for the past several weeks, due to illness, and now horrible allergies. I can still work out! But I want something "real" in the long term. It's definitely a fun staple in my go-to workouts, though, especially with two rowdy boys in my home. We have fun with it.
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Pounds lost: 14.0
Posts: 1,700 3/11/10 11:39 A
I say its all what you put into it! And its an awesome stepping stone in getting into other workouts it got me back into running!
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current weight: 160.0
Posts: 43 3/10/10 11:58 P
I don't think you can view the wii fit as a replacement for other exercise, but rather as an addition. Most of the exercises don't really get your heart rate up. I personally rely on it more than I probably should because I get off work at 7 pm and just don't feel like going at that time of night...and I'm worse than a teenager when it comes to getting up early in the morning!!! So if I spend half an hour a day doing wii fit or wii dance or now wii gold's gym, I don't feel like I've completely wasted my day. :)
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Posts: 215 2/22/10 12:30 P
I think that Wii Fit is very beneficial in two situations:
1- for people who are not used to exercise and feel uncomfortable in a gym.
2- for people who aren't able to get to the gym and need a way to work out at home.
I'm #2. I work long hours (9am-8pm) so I don't often get to the gym during the week. I used to think "well, I can't get to the gym during the week, so I guess I won't exercise during the week." Now, I play with my Wii. I don't burn anywhere near as many calories as I do at the gym, but I burn a lot more calories than I would sitting on the couch watching TV. In the aggregate, I burn hundreds more calories exercising with my Wii than I otherwise would. However, if I used the Wii on days where I could have made it to the gym, I think I'd be cheating myself.
I'm sure the Wii is also very beneficial to people who do not exercise, have limited mobility and feel very uncomfortable exercising in public.
Pounds lost: 10.5
Fitness Minutes: (43,794) Posts: 414 1/10/10 3:04 P
Based on my own experience (which is, of course, purely anecdotal evidence that doesn't prove anything), the Wii Fit was a challenging workout for the first 3 months, an okay workout for another 3 months after that, and then I had to switch things up because it had become too easy. It's been about a year since the Wii Fit was in my workout rotation. I tried it out again the other day, and now it really does feel like a game that just doesn't challenge my muscles or get my heart rate up any more.
However, I still view my experience with the Wii Fit as a complete success story. In the past, I had started countless exercise programs only to drop them after a few weeks out of boredom or frustration. I would never have reached my current level of fitness if the Wii Fit hadn't taught me that exercise could be fun and encouraged me to get into the habit of working out every day.
current weight: 256.4
Fitness Minutes: (49,460) Posts: 5,028 1/4/10 5:04 P
It hasn't been around long enough to be taken seriously. In one study they used very fit, athletic college students and concluded it wasn't very useful. It probably isn't for the already fit. But for people who need motivation just to get up and move, it's fantastic.
Once people are motivated and moving because of the fun aspect of Wii Fit, they become capable of more and grow more fit. They gain the ability to walk, run, jump and participate in more exercises, sports and activities.
If it gets couch potatoes on their feet and moving, I call it a success. But it does more and I think you can get good exercise, toning and strength from following Wii Fit and the other exercise games for Wii.
You can be your own proof that it works. How's that for motivation?
Pounds lost: 0.0
Fitness Minutes: (41,231) Posts: 12,166 1/4/10 12:15 P
success story = jantwo
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current weight: 270.3
Posts: 4,738 1/4/10 8:26 A
I doubt there is such a study at this point, it's just not old enough. And really, you have to be your own study anyway.
The point of Wii fit and Wii plus in my understanding is to make movement fun. if it becomes fun, you'll be more fit and more likely to become more active in other areas of your life. FWIW
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current weight: 260.0
Fitness Minutes: (11,273) Posts: 5,501 1/4/10 5:09 A
Maybe contact Nintendo to see if their is such a study?
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Posts: 21,870 1/4/10 3:11 A
I don't know of any proof, but I know it does work.
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current weight: 176.4
Posts: 7 1/4/10 12:09 A
I have several friends and co-workers that believe Wii Fit and Fit plus is not exercise, it is a game. Their reasoning is there is no way to have continual measurable improvements. Additionally, they say the game will not change to your needs as you get the expert levels. I love my Wii and Wii Fit and Plus so I want to prove them wrong and show them studies that Wii Fit and Plus have great long term success stories. Does anyone know where I could find success stories of weight loss and of long term use is definitely hard work?
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