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Family Fitness with Wii - Review of Wii Fit, EA Sports Active

Updated on October 7, 2011
Wii Console
Wii Console

Are you looking for a healthy workout that you can do with your kids? As a mom, two of my highest priorities are the health of my family and the quality time we spend together.

Getting fit together on the Wii allows us to combine these goals with little effort. We have all become very enthusiastic participants in our workout routine. That alone is amazing to me! To be honest, I first chose my Wii workout program based on what I wanted and what I thought would work best for me. I didn't think of it as a family activity.

It took about 10 seconds of my kids watching me workout for them to start fighting over who was going to play next. I now do my workout with a family member by my side. Sometimes it's my husband beating me at boxing, sometimes it's my 10-year-old outrunning me in the track events. Occasionally it's my three-year-old running up next to me to do in-line skating jumps or my 6-year-old cardio dancing by my side. Regardless of which member of the family is participating, we are always laughing, sometimes panting a little trying to keep up, but always having a good time.

Warning : I think you should know that the Wii can be so much fun you may push yourself a little too hard! Take it easy at first. It took less than 48 hours of Wii playing for both my husband and I to injure ourselves. Not too seriously, fortunately, but my husband couldn't Wii Box for a couple of days due to a sore back and my obsessive tennis playing was extremely difficult with an aching arm - which had not had so much exercise since the early 90's.

Which Wii Fitness Program is Right for Your Family?

There are tons of different fitness programs for the Wii to choose from for the Wii. Wii Fit is probably the most well known and popular, but EA Sports Active is quickly catching up. It was my choice, for my self initially but now I occasionally have to fight my way into a workout on the weekend! Luckily, my boxing skills are improving!

EA Active Can be used with or without the Balance Board

EA Sports Active

I initially chose EA Sports Active because it doesn't require a balance board and it looked like it offered a good variety of activities. I know myself pretty well, and if by some crazy chance I didn't like working out with the Wii , I didn't want to feel like I wasted a whole lot of money on an exercise fad that wasn't as good as everyone promised. I bought the additional gear so two people could work out at once, but I didn't need to invest in a balance board.

What I like about EA Sports Active:

  • The personal trainer walks you through each exercise and explains the proper way to complete the workout. Your trainer will also encourage you along the way.
  • The journal lets you set personal goals, view by calendar day how many calories you have burned and how long you worked out. My kids love the trophies you receive when you reach your goals.
  • The workouts are diverse and fun. You can design them to include all of your favorite activities. My husband's favorite workout includes extra boxing and baseball. My workout is made up of lots of tennis and in-line skating (as I am the family champ at skating "tricks").
  • The 30 Day Challenge is designed by Bob Greene (of Oprah fame) and will coach you through a program suited to your fitness and weight loss needs and goals.
  • There is always a more challenging workout to conquer. At least so far!
  • You can workout with a friend and challenge / encourage each other on a split screen.

The bottom line : It's just plain fun to workout with my family! Workout time has become something we all look forward to and every now and then I find my girls exercising purely for the fun of it. Isn't that the way exercise is supposed to be?

We have long winters here in New England, and since I hate the cold, it will be awhile before we get back out for a family hike through our favorite nature trails. This has proved itself to be a terrific value for our family.

I'm looking forward to trying out their newest series of workouts and adding a balance board to our Wii accessories in the near future.

EA Sports Active with Personal Trainer

Wii Fit / Wii Fit Plus

I've heard some amazing stories about excellent results using the Wii Fit program to lose weight. I've included an overview video below so you can have a look. It definitely offers some incredibly fun games that both kids and adults would love. I love that includes extensive yoga options and strengthening exercises as well as the fun fitness games.

Again, I bought Wii Fit Plus and the Balance Board thinking of my own fitness goals. I have yet to use it regularly because my kids enjoy it so much that I have to fight for a chance to try. I don't appreciate the way it estimates your body size and makes your Mii image chubby if you weigh in a little overweight. I don't feel like that is a good motivator for me, but perhaps it works for some people!

Whichever family fitness program you choose, you have many hours of family fun to look forward to! Be sure to come back and let me know in the comments section what games your family likes best!

Wii Fit Plus Trailer

Wii Fit Plus Skateboarding

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      amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks Rozzy!I'm so glad to hear that I am not the only one who thinks this is the greatest thing around! :) Wii exercise beats the eliptical trainer any day! Thanks for reading.

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      Jackie 7 years ago from New York

      Neat Hub! I play all of these games, and, as you mentioned, each has its pros and cons. However, I love them all because it is so much easier for me to commit to getting in better shape when what I'm doing is fun. Jumping on the elliptical just doesn't do it for me. I love these games! They've helped me lose more weight than I ever thought I would!

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      amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks Cagsil! My Digest, You should definitely give it a try! It's great fun. :)

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      My Digest 7 years ago

      My brother has been playing this already. Now with your hub, this has made me curious about it. Thanks for the info.

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      Cagsil 7 years ago from USA or America

      Great Hub. Nicely presented. A friend of mine has one and it's a ball to play on. Thank you for sharing. :)

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      amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut

      RGraf and Sally's Trove- Let me know what you decide! I thought it was all hype too until I had an opportunity to try it out. The boxing is fun - you can't help but over do it! :) bgigstead and wcharles, I hope you enjoy it!

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      wcharles622 7 years ago from aspen co

      love

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      bgigstead 7 years ago

      This sounds great, we just got a Wii so we will be doing this for sure.

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      Sherri 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Thanks so much for this Hub. I've been seeing all the hype and wondering. Great information for me to go forward with.

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      Rebecca Graf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      This is perfect timing. Several of our friends got a Wii and we are tossing the idea around. What you said about the boxing has been repeated around me everyday since Christmas. They are all sore for a few days afterwards.

      Thank you for a great piece. I honestly think that this might help make the decision.

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      amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut

      Hi Rob! Great to hear from you too. I'm glad to know that I am not the only one who is getting strangely obsessed with the Wii and watching the calendar on my workout journal. I don't like to see those rest days either - but I don't have too many consecutive days yet...your wife is very dedicated!

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      amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut

      Hi Steph - I'm sure your family would love the 2 player fitness challenges in AE Sports Active! The lower price is what attracted us to Wii after all this time. :)

      Cindy - it really can give you a great workout!

      Thanks so much Keira! I hope you have a wonderful New Year as well. :)

      Thanks CCdursina! Glad you enjoyed this.

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      Rob Jundt 7 years ago from Midwest USA

      Amy, We LOVE our Wii. My wife has become quite the Wii fanatic to the point of taking our ENTIRE unit with us when traveling in order to keep her streak of consecutive days intact. I think she's over 260 days STRAIGHT! Great hub! Good to hear from you again!

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      Carolina Dursina 7 years ago from Spring Green WI

      Great writing, and interesting video!

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      keira7 7 years ago

      Hi Amy Jane, I hope you had a lovely Christmas. I love the wii not only for the physical training, but there is also some brilliant game for the brain. Its a very good invention. Same with me, I started the training with the wii first. And then my son and husband do it everytime when the weather is bad. We also share some great time together. I love your hubs, thanks for sharing. Have a Very Happy New Year to you and your loved ones.:D

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      Cindy Vine 7 years ago from Cape Town

      we have a wii fit and my daughter does break out in a sweat

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      Stephanie Hicks 7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      I've been wondering about Wii fitness! We don't own the system (X-box instead), but if the price drops further, I could see us investing one day! :)

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      amy jane 7 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks DeBorrah! We really are having a great time with it! I didn't expect to like it so much. I'm not a typically video gamer. :)

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Amy Jane, Nice Hub! This is quite interesting! At least the Wii is an activity the entire family can share that enhances everyones physical well-being! Thank you for sharing, Blessings!