Health and Fitness: All Wii’d out ©
“The exercises are not too strenuous and are fairly easy and simple to follow"
- Shelly Fitzgerald
“I would say it can be slightly ambiguous especially the body tests and BMI calculations as they are not really accurate but is designed to make you work harder. The Wii Fit party work out is a great stress reliever but there hasn’t been much difference in my weight"
- Sheetal Panesar
Health and Fitness: All Wii’d out ©
It has been the techno craze that has gripped all fitness fanatics on both sides of the Atlantic - but does it actually work?
For me, the thought of slogging it out at the gym during the cold winter nights is enough to put me in a disgruntled mood and I realise that I’d rather be downing shots of brandy with friends down my local pub to warm up my cockles.
With Christmas come and gone, I recall last year’s dreaded New Year’s resolution; that solemn vow to lose weight. Clearly, I haven’t actually stuck to my word - yet. As I recover from the side effects of the festive partying and fireworks of this year’s New Year’s Eve, I remind myself that we have entered a new year after all. 2011 - It is still a new decade, a start of fresh new beginnings and almost like a mantra, I keep telling myself that this year WIL BE my year.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that I have been scoffing far too many sweet treats and the results were now showing. In fact, my waist is looking more like a Michigan tyre rather than svelte much to my disgust.
So I finally buy my Nintendo Wii and whilst I am fascinated with the gizmo, where do I start? I have never been a techie geek who is up to date with all latest gadget trends, so naturally, I haven’t got a clue of what goes where. But after a few technical mishaps, I finally get cracking on …
As I browse through the balance games, I realise that this could be fun with a bunch of friends on a Saturday night. Call it the winter blues, but I am suddenly filled with sunken dread as I take in the visual image of my body test results that my television screen screams at me. Despite this however, what really catches my attention is the promise that this hip product from the Nintendo range will help me stretch, tone and work up a sweat.
With this illusion in mind, I decide to call upon some trusted friends to test out both the Wii Fit Plus and Wii Fit Party work outs to really determine whether this is all fact rather than fiction.
Shelly Fitzgerald, Age: 34years, Profession: Teacher and new mother
Shelley Fitzgerald had a baby 6 months ago and frankly has not had the time or energy to even contemplate embarking on a fitness regime. “The only exercise I have had over the last few months is waking up three to four times at night to tend to the new little man in my life” she says. However, within two weeks, she seems to have taken the Wii fit into her stride.
“The best thing about Wii fit is that I don’t have to leave my house relying on a babysitter if I want to go to the gym, and can happily do a fairly good work out in my living room.
“The exercises are not too strenuous and are fairly easy and simple to follow. I dreaded the look of the baby weight that has slowly crept on, but I love the yoga workouts, and even though there hasn’t been any major difference in terms of weight loss, I definitely have noticed improvement in my energy levels, flexibility and balance!”
Sheetal Panesar, Age: 26yrs, Profession: Accountant
Sheetal is fiercely independent and works for a major blue chip organisation, which means she works odd hours and travels a lot during the working week. “By the time the weekend arrives, I just want to relax and the last thing on my mind is exercise.” She says.
Determined to embark on a healthy lifestyle, she willingly takes up the Wii Fit challenge. “I really liked the games on the Wii Fit Plus and the dance work outs on the Wii Fit Party. It definitely is my cup of tea, a lot of fun and perfect for me as it does not feel that I am working out.”
However, does this live up to the hype? “I would say it can be slightly ambiguous especially the body tests and BMI calculations as they are not really accurate but is designed to make you work harder. The Wii Fit party work out is a great stress reliever but there hasn’t been much difference in my weight, but it is something I would consider incorporating in my daily routine.”
Ramila Vyas, Age: 64yrs, Profession: retired Credit Controller
Ramila has been using the Wii Fit plus for about one year now and has seen the benefits. “I make it a point to do a work out every morning, because of my age and lifestyle, I cannot really get down to the gym but I am determined to stay as healthy as possible.”
For Ramila, Wii Fit works for her and is definitely right up her street. “The best thing about Wii Fit is the motivation it gives me to get up that extra bit early to do some exercise. In fact, my daily routine is incomplete without a good work out.
“The balance games are probably what I have enjoyed the most and have seen vast improvements in my balance and flexibility, I have heaps more energy, toned up and noticed a decrease in my BMI and my wii fit age.”
But what about the drawbacks? “Unfortunately I have not lost any weight despite my regular work outs and me adopting a healthy eating plan. In a way, the product is slightly misleading.”
I particularly like the muscle work outs to stretch out those knots and tense muscles and whilst the aerobic work outs got my heart rate pumping, I hardly broke out in a sweat or lost any weight, though I admit I noticed a slight improvement in my balance and toned up but not enough to convince me that this is the way forward. With my main goal in mind to lose weight, The Wii Fit is perhaps unsuitable for me.
We all come in different shapes and sizes, and whilst the Wii Fit may be ideal for those shy gym fanatics, it is not necessarily the case for everyone, especially those in favour of a more fat burning and strenuous work out determined to see vast results.
The Wii fit is definitely designed for those stay at home mothers and the faint hearted, as for me; it is back to those spinning classes down my local gym :)