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Wii Fitness Plus Wishlist

Updated on February 12, 2015

Wii Fitness For Couch Potatoes

Wii Fitness Plus with the Balance Board is a fantastic exercise bundle of fun. The Wii Balance Board, along with Wii Fit, was introduced on July 11, 2007 at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. The Balance Board measures weight, BMI and the body’s center of balance.

Initially Nintendo contacted manufacturers who make bathroom scales to help with the designing of the board. In an effort to keep cost down, Nintendo ended up building the board without outside help and in many way the Balance Board may be more accurate than a bathroom scale.

The shape of the Balance Board is rectangle with multiple pressure sensors. Partly inspired by Sumo wrestlers who weigh themselves using two scales.

Wii Fitness Plus is an upgrade of the Wii Fit. Once your height, age, weight and BMI are calculated; informational health tips are presented. The program will calculate your age fitness level. If it is higher than your actual age, it is time to get started with the software’s personal trainer. The personal trainer will guide you along the way. Calories are shown for each activity that is done. And everything is recorded on a calendar.

This is a perfect solution for couch potatoes.

Easy Way to Get Fit With Wii

Wii Fit Features Five Categories Of Exercises

With 60 games to choose from, how can one get bored! Wii Fit Plus has five categories to choose from.

Training Plus: Fun training activities like Obstacle Course, Driving Range, Skateboard Arena, Snowball Fight, Rhythm Kung Fu, Island Cycling, Big Top Juggling and Basic Run Plus.

Strength Training: Various exercises to test your strength include, Single Leg Extension, Sideways Leg Lift, Arm and Leg Lift, Single-Arm Stand, Torso Twists, Rowing Squat, Single Leg Twist, Lunge, Push-Up and Side Plank, Jackknife, Plank and Tricep Extension. Challenges include Push-Up Challenge, Plank Challenge and Jackknife Challenge.

Aerobics: Fun, heart pumping, calorie burning exercises like Hula Hoop, Basic Step, Basic Run, Super Hula Hoop, Advanced Step, 2-P Run, Rhythm Boxing, Free Step and Free Run.

Yoga: Work on your mind body and soul with poses and activities like Deep Breathing, Half-Moon, Dance, Cobra, Bridge, Spinal Twist, Shoulder Stand, Warrior, Tree, Sun Salutation, Standing Knee, Palm Tree, Chair, Triangle and Downward-Facing Dog.

Balance: Games to work on your balance Soccer Heading, Ski Slalom, Ski Jump, Table Tilt, Tightrope Walk, Balance Bubble, Penguin Slide, Snowboard Slalom and Lotus Focus.

A Little Off Balanced

Wii Fitness Plus has been on my wishlist for some time. It had been hard finding it in the stores. I finally bought it as a gift to me. I tried it out with my Shape-Ups Shoes. Needless to say, these shoes added an additional 20 pounds to my frame. I did not notice that one needs to be barefooted to workout on the board.

After everything was calculated, I was told my health age to be a little more than my real age. This was not good news.

More people tend to put more weight on their right leg, throwing off their center of balance. I was not surprise to find that my balance was off to the right a bit.

Since I am off balance...I decided to start with the balance games. From there, I began trying all the exercise game categories. Some of these exercise games are quite a challenge.

It is still a new toy. I am not expecting to burn a lot of calories. But it can be a good workout. To top it off, it isn't boring like most exercises can be.

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    • mulberry1 profile image

      Christine Mulberry 

      8 years ago

      I don't have one, but you know I really probably should consider it. I used one once that my nephew has, it was a blast.

    • Sandyspider profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Pmccray, I find the older I get the shorter my attention span is.

    • pmccray profile image

      pmccray 

      8 years ago from Utah

      Sandyspider: very informative hub, really great option for people like me who have the attention span of a Gnat and get bored easily with run of the mill exercise routines.

      Good piece

    • Sandyspider profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      cosette, It looks like you need to buy a new Wii just for you.

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      cosette 

      8 years ago

      my son has my Wii. with all the new fun games like this one and the Wii dance one, i wish i had my Wii again. this hub is tres groovy!

    • akirchner profile image

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      I think as in all things it goes by stages but I hear that it is a great calorie burner at least for folks that work up to the 'max'. That is pretty much true though with any form of exercise!

    • nancy_30 profile image

      nancy_30 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you for this information. After reading this I have to have one of these.

    • Sandyspider profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks Darlene, akirchner and CastleRoy. I'm sure there are some exercises that everyone can do. The beginner phase of it, you could burn more calories running up and down the stairs. But the more you progress, I can see it as a calorie burner.

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      CastleRoy 

      8 years ago

      I love my WII great hUb!!!!

    • akirchner profile image

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      My daughter does that - it's a great way to exercise I guess! Super hub and great info.

    • Darlene Sabella profile image

      Darlene Sabella 

      8 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Wow, what a fantastic hub, now I am house bound and disabled I wonder if they have something I could use. I am on the computer from sun up to sun down. Not sure if the have programs for the older population? I sure going to look into this and thanks for the great hub and information. Your fan

    • Sandyspider profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks for the compliment, David.

    • David Stone profile image

      David Stone 

      8 years ago from New York City

      A pro, Sandy. As good a writing of this kind as I have seen anywhere. Keep at it!

    • Sandyspider profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks for commenting everyone. Gigi, I need new knees too. There are a few exercises that bad knees don't to well on. And some that I'm not good at yet. But that will come in time.

    • billyaustindillon profile image

      billyaustindillon 

      8 years ago

      I haven't tried a Wii but they look like greats ways to get fit Sandy

    • rprcarz50 profile image

      rprcarz50 

      8 years ago

      Nice idea for a Hub . Good read and helpful for anyone's health . There is not life without good health .

      Fine work.

      Ron

      As Always also a2z50

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      Gigi2 

      8 years ago from UK

      I love mine, it is my saviour on some days. I love to walk, but need new knees, getting them soon! But there is so much I can do on the Wii to keep me fit and healthy. Mind you on the days when I come out as way too old...I get mad...lol.

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I want one of these so bad! Great hub, Sandy!

    • NoRR4Me profile image

      NoRR4Me 

      8 years ago

      A very nice hub Sandy. The part of your title, "Wishlist" is right on target for me... A Wii, I wish. :-)

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      "Quill" 

      8 years ago

      Mrs. Quill loves all the programs...

      Blessings and great hub

    • daisyjae profile image

      daisyjae 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Wii fit looks like fun.

    • lou16 profile image

      lou16 

      8 years ago

      We're looking at the Wii Fit products later on this week so this was great timing.

    • anglnwu profile image

      anglnwu 

      8 years ago

      Wii fitness will definitely make exercises more interesting. Thanks for the thumbs up and now, for someone to buy me that.

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