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7/30/11 1:50 P

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You get out of it what you tend to put in to the Wii Fit Plus. For me it has been fantastic. I have much better balance and flexibility... I get my heart rate up... I am more toned and have developed an exercise consistency that I never had before. My yoga routine is a great way to start my day and the strength training has been very challenging. When I do the Wii, I find that other exercises like hiking, biking and aerobics are much easier. It is an A+ in my book... emoticon

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7/24/11 1:40 P

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I do my strength training on the WFP is it super intense? no my sis has a home gym thats a much better work out but I work 8-13 hr days have a kid and a home to take care of, I use wrist/ankle weights, and 5lb dumb bells where I can (leg lifts, squats, etc) I have the push-up bars for my board. I'm not looking to be a body builder. I got the New U Yoga and pilates, because yes it gets boring, and mixing it up is the best thing one can do for themselves. I also just ordered exerbeat, have read great reviews on it. I do my cardio on a bicycle, or jump rope, but winter is coming and I'll be inside.. . with the WII
I can see the difference in my body, and can tell you what once was a falling tree is now a standing tree. I'm satisfied

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7/20/11 10:23 A

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I've been playing Wii Fit Plus regularly for about a month now, and maybe it's not a "workout" but it seems to be a good start. I can do more of the aerobic stuff and do it longer now than I could last month, and some of it is actually easy, which it wasn't then either so I now use those games for warming up. Admittedly we don't have A/C and it was in the high 70s yesterday evening with higher humidity, but by the end of 30 minutes I had sweated through my T-shirt. It also told me that for 33 minutes I had supposedly burned about 130 calories. That's better than 30 minutes of walking at an 18 or 19 minutes mile pace. And unlike the long walk, I can do it in the evening when the weather is bad! There is enough variety that it is easy for me to find things that help strengthen my bad knee rather than just leave me in more pain, (since I started doing Wii Fit last month, I've noticed that the knee seems to be a bit better, though I don't whether that is the exercise, losing the 5 pounds, or both) and which don't stress my wrists - I sprained them both in a car accident 20 years ago, and I still can't do things like pushups unless I have something with a handle so I can hold my wrist straight.

I'm actually feeling ready to look at the higher and longer levels of the Island Ride. I got Dance Dance Revolution for Wii a few weeks back and I use that too - the choreograph version leaves me sweating too.

Will these be enough for the rest of my life? Maybe not, but they are fun, they keep me motivated, depending on the games I choose they raise my heart rate and/or leave my muscles sore the next day, and even if I go for the lazier stuff it's got to be better than sitting on the sofa, right?

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7/19/11 11:41 A

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I have been using it faithfully for a few weeks, and if I make sure that what I'm doing is an effort, I'm tired, sore, and sweating when I'm through. Same as I would be on any workout. I mix it up with other things, but 35 minutes of combined in-place jogging, boxing, hula hooping, or whatever is definitely a workout!

You can also take it easy, so it depends on how much you take advantage of what's there.

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7/16/11 3:44 P

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I just bought wii fit plus to use on my "rest" days when I'm taking a break from high-intensity workouts. I see no reason why it would not be considered a legitimate exercise tool for people who are just getting into exercise. We all have to start somewhere, and if it's fun, we're a lot more likely to continue.

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7/15/11 11:27 A

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I think that WFP is a great activity that keeps me going on days that I'm taking it a bit easier. No, it's not like cardio boot camp, but some days it's just right. Also, since my daily fitness goal is 10 minutes of anything I choose, I have been able to keep this promise to myself and build a 6-month fitness streak (OK, I skipped three days on vacation) and WFP has definitely helped me do it!

Have a great day, everyone!

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6/28/11 6:04 P

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I think the Wii Fit Plus is a good motivator for those of us who are sedentary. I don't think you sweat a lot on the basic aerobic exercises but it does get you moving. Like someone else said, it's a stepping stone to improve fitness :)

The balance and strength training can be quite hard, since these exercises make you stay within the yellow circle. They do improve your posture quite a bit!

I was told that Wii Dance 2 & Zumba really does help you lose weight so maybe move on to those dance games.

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3/28/11 3:52 P

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I use Wii Fit Plus daily, and get out of it what I put into it. I do all levels of the games that get my legs moving: tight rope walks, obstacle course, rhythem Parade, the various runs, and the bicycle rides. I run like heck while doing all the levels of the bike rides, runs, and obstacle course, and that gets my steps off to a good start when I look at my pedometer. In addition, I do weight training with 8 lb weights (upper body on 2 days and lower body on 2 days) and take a yoga class for stroke survivors on fridays.

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3/27/11 6:47 P

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I've really liked the Wii Fit. For me it is the ONLY thing I have stuck to for more than 2 weeks (even with a personal trainer). I've missed only 8 days (all far out of town) since Christmas Eve. There are days I get bored with it. But those days I really sweat with Just Dance and Zumba. I have Jillian 2010 but find it dry, boring, and don't do it often.

This article is like many things. Interesting to read but there is always more to the story.

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3/27/11 12:57 P

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I have to say that if you're not ready to commit to a gym, you can get small dumbbells and start at home. I used to be a gym rat decades ago. Now I started with 3 lb weights and am getting ready to hit 10 lb. I played college football but 40 years later I'm making a difference at home. Don't let a gym stop you from working out slowly at first. You might be surprised where you go. Work it and make it happen. Oh, and I can't wait to start Zumba on our Wii!

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3/27/11 6:56 A

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For people like me who are generally not very active and not used to working out, it's at the very least a good stepping stone to start getting active. It gets you up and moving in the privacy of your own home, instead of going out to the gym.

Some tips from doctors to get in some extra activity have been to do things like take the stairs, or to get off the bus a stop early or late and walk a little extra. I never consider my walk to and from the bus stop as physical activity, really, even though it is walking. I'm generally a slow walker. When I told my doctor(s) that I had been using the WiiFit, they thought it was great.

So just for the basic fact that the Wii Fit gets me up and moving a little more, I think it's good enough for me. I'm not quite ready to commit to going to a gym, but at least I can do a little something at home.

And hey, it's not bad for you, so what's the problem, really? If you enjoy standing in one place and doing mundane things, then knock yourself out. emoticon

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3/25/11 11:52 A

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I too,found this article somewhat disturbing.
Not everyone is an athelete.
Yes,I do other things besides WIIFIT but I incorporate the yoga just about every day.
If you follow Dr Oz and the book.You the Owners Manuel,They have a daily routine planned out to do every morning which is mostly yoga moves like sun salutation and down dog.
I have slight scoliosis and I have to stretch every morning to relieve pain.I could pop a pill like a lot of people do.But I choose to do it naturally through yoga.


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3/25/11 10:25 A

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Thanks to all who've replied. Your comments, and further thinking about the depressing Spark expert's column-- and other "Expert" Spark advice I read this week led to my blog posting "Tough and Tougher..." (which you can find at the link at the bottom of this comment or through my spark home page )

Make no mistake, I think Spark is great and they get so much so right -- for FREE! But some of their experts need a reality check about the audience they are writing for -- Spark isn't a just a mutual admiration society for young, normal-weight and fit; it's also (if not predominantly) a mutual assistance site for people who are older, less fit, and struggling to lose weight.

They also need to think carefully about what the science really says -- and what it doesn't say or doesn't say yet.

A PubMed search yields 8 scientific papers published to date on Wii fit. Here are some results and conclusions (searching on "Wii Fit") for adults :

"CONCLUSION: Activity fostered by Wii Fit showed an immediate effect on balance and strength that needs confirmation by statistically powered studies."

"RESULTS: The mean MET values of all 68 activities were distributed over a wide range from 1.3 METs (Lotus Focus) to 5.6 METs (single-arm stand). The mean MET values in yoga, balance, resistance, and aerobic exercise of Wii Fit Plus and Wii Sports were 2.1, 2.0, 3.2, 3.4, and 3.0 METs, respectively. Forty-six activities (67%) were classified as light intensity (less than 3 METs), and 22 activities (33%) were classified as moderate intensity (3.0-6.0 METs). There were no vigorous-intensity activities (greater than 6.0 METs). CONCLUSIONS: Time spent playing one-third of the activities supplied by motion- and gesture-controlled video games can count toward the daily amount of exercise required according to the guidelines provided by the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association, which focus on 30 min of moderate-intensity daily physical activity 5 d x wk(-1)."

"CONCLUSIONS: Wii Fit appears an enjoyable exergame for adolescents and adults, stimulating light-to-moderate intensity activity through the modification of typically sedentary leisure behavior."

and the most recent (J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 2010 Dec;50(4):436-42.):
"CONCLUSION: Results indicate that playing Wii Fit video games is a feasible alternative to more traditional aerobic exercise modalities for middle-aged and older adults that fulfills the American College of Sports Medicine guidelines for improving and maintaining cardiorespiratory fitness."
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I bust my tail doing regular cardio by the beach and my strength training. I will say that I love doing WFP Yoga and will get on with it. There is a lot of conditioning in balance and coordination that I get out of it. I do believe in my regular hard work.

Anyone do Tai Chi or Yoga? I was involved decades ago when I took forms of martial arts. The mental aspects of it helped me with stress. I believe it will help me now as well.

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3/23/11 11:05 A

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Wow, it has helped me tremendously. Everything is not for everybody.I actually think that doing yoga on it for 15 minutes is quite boring but I love to mix up the different balance games and training plus in a routine for a huge sweat factor. Throw in some Free step or Island Cycling or even some Free Run. Yesterday I burned 308 calories looking for the last 5 flags on the island (expert) cycling, the game got tired of me and said "times up". I just couldn't find them all.

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3/22/11 12:33 P

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I have the Fit Plus and as you go up a level it gets more challlenging. Always mix up the training and you won't get bored. The free ride is a very good workout for me. 30 minutes of running at different levels helps get a good workout in. I cool down with the balance games after.

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3/22/11 11:34 A

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I am using the xbox kinect games now, but when I was using the wii more often, I enjoyed EA sports active, dance dance revolution, and Gold's Gym Cardio Workout (boxing one).

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3/22/11 10:55 A

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I think Wii fit is a great way to get some extra movement and burn a few calories, but at my fitness level I don't consider it a " great " workout. The runnning and step ( with a riser) are ok an I'll do them sometimes, but there are a lot of other Wii games that are more challenging, but maybe not as much fun. You probably need to mix up your workouts. pam

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3/22/11 8:08 A

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As with any other workout, you get out what you put into it. If your workout was challenging to you, then it was a workout. If you were not challenging yourself, then, yes, something more was needed. But that is the same for any workout program. Another important factor is doing what you enjoy. If you have a workout that you enjoy doing, then you will keep up with it. If you cannot stand your workout program, chances are that you will eventually give up on it.

Back when I was using the wii fit, I liked the free step (I watched most of the NCIS seasons from netflix watch it now while doing free step). After awhile, it got too easy to keep my heart rate up, so I put the board on top of a an aerobic step. Then I started adding risers to the step.

I have seen a lot of talk putting down exercise "games." My theory, as stated above, is you get out what you put into it. The cardio exercises may or may not give you what you need, but you can adapt as you advance. If you like the games and wii fit is not doing it for you anymore, there are other games to try. As for the other exercises ... Does a squat, plank, etc. magically not count just because you are doing it while watching a cartoon figure rather than doing it at a gym?



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This was depressing, but if I'm honest, I have to admit that I made better progress on my fitness the week I combined Wii fit with the "Bootcamp" workout I found on spark. I guess I'll just have to get back to doing that, as well as getting more serious about some aerobic exercise in addition to the more aerobic games on the wii-fit.

http://www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=
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