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Can Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus Replace Your Exercise Program?

Updated on January 5, 2012

Wii Fit and its latest version Wii Fit Plus help gamers have more fun doing workouts while playing an interactive video game. It sounds fun but can it replace your exercise program?

For many people, Wii fit or Wii Fit Plus is fun to use. This can lead to motivation towards exercise. Unlike other video games, you can’t perform these games just by sitting down. Like any games you’d encounter, the games will give you a score. Your input is basically the basis of your score in any video game. Your input in the game is the physical activity you perform. Your score is determined by your performance. Hence, you’ll be guided by the game if you’re doing it right.


Features

Wii fit will keep track of your BMI and your weight. It will keep track of your progress. It will determine how often you use the game. It determines your balance. As you improve your performance, your fitness level also improves.

There are four types of exercises in Wii fit; balance, yoga, strength training, and aerobics. It helps beginners by guiding them on how to properly do the exercise. This can also help people who are trying to lose weight because it marks your weight, BMI, your workout progress, time spent on the game, and your balance. As your performance level improves, you will be able to unlock more exercises. This is similar to common games where you will only go to the next level if you win the lower level of the game.

Wii Fit Plus has all the features of Wii Fit but has more activities to choose from.


Advantages

While the standard exercise machine and equipment will get you bored because of its repetitive approach on a certain activity, Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus is certainly going to be more inspiring for you to stay on the workout. The interactivity of the game can oftentimes help you to stay motivated.


Disadvantages

You need to unlock certain activities to get to the next level. While it may be good for most beginners, it certainly can have disadvantages to people who are already active. This may even limit their workout to a certain degree if they are going to rely solely on these video games.



The Bottom-line

Wii fit or Wii Fit Plus may be a good exercise program if you are a beginner. They may also serve as motivation for those who do not workout daily. As long as you find these games to be fun, they will motivate you to do your daily exercises. However, intermediate and advanced exercisers should not replace their exercise program with Wii Fit or Wii Fit Plus. These games still has many limitations and these limitations may not satisfy advanced exercisers. However, these games can be a healthy and fun diversion from your usual heavy workouts.

Use Wii fit or Wii Fit Plus video game wisely. If you use it as an exercise machine that can give your exercise program diversity from your daily workout, then it can give you exercise benefits just like any other exercise equipment like treadmills or steppers. If you start treating it like an exercise machine, then it will give you the benefits of an exercise machine. If you start treating it like a video game, then it may hurt you more in the long run because of the irregularity of your workouts. Have fun playing your Wii Fit or Wii Fit Plus video game but don’t overdo them to avoid injuries that come from excessive and irregular workouts.


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    • BeatsMe profile imageAUTHOR

      BeatsMe 

      6 years ago

      Hi Peanutritious, I know, wii fit and wii fit plus can really motivate people to workout, huh. Some people can be bored with exercise but it'll be impossible to be bored with a wii. :)

      Thanks for reading and best of luck on your gym classes. Cheers.

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      Tara Carbery 

      6 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      I bought myself a wii with wii fit plus in the january sale and i'm loving it! I do aerobic stuff in the morning for half and hour then 30 mins of yoga before bed. I love it! I'm planning to do about 3 gym classes a week too, the wii motivates me to do more. I love how it tracks your progress.

    • BeatsMe profile imageAUTHOR

      BeatsMe 

      7 years ago

      Hi Ardie, I'm glad you've found this interesting. Hope it helped you decide if you want a Wii Fit or Wii Fit Plus in your collection of games. Have fun playing them. :)

      Thanks for dropping by. :)

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      Sondra 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      I found this article interesting because I often wondered myself if a game could replace yoga or aerobic fitness. I dont have any experience with the Wii Fit or Wii Fit Plus but I do have a Wii and the Just Dance game. I can get a really good and super fun workout if I put the songs on shuffle and dance my little heart out!! Thanks for the analysis of the Wii Fit - I've been thinking about getting it.

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