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Which is Better for Home Fitness? Kinect vs. Wii Fit

Updated on January 2, 2013

Which Gaming System Provides a Better Workout Platform for Your Home?

I'm looking at the Wii Fit and the Microsoft Kinect system for my kids (and myself) to have a fun and effective workout at home. We own a Wii and an Xbox, so the price difference is not that great and I am researching other differences such as effectiveness, ease of use, and availability of workout software. If you have information to share, or if you're looking for the right system for your family as I am, check in here and let us know your thoughts!


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    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I think kinect works better because there are more games making more variety such as kinect star wars, kinect adventures, your shape fitness evolved and so on.

    • fitmotivations 4 years ago

      because it's more "free". you don't have to hold up wiimotes and also you can hold up weights to make it harder.

      randomlulz.com/fitness has some good motivational pictures if you're serious about your fitness

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I have and like both. Lost a lot of weight with wii fit. Like not having controllers with kinect.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      More Responsive Sensor, No reps are count until done properly. Its great! and Voice Recognition is also great, like you can talk to your trainer :)

    • RykiBergstrand 5 years ago

      With the Wii, the sensor focuses on your ARMS, nothing else.

      With the Kinect, it really gets you moving EVERYTHING because it's programmed to pick up your ENTIRE body.

      People with the Wii usually "get off easy" because they really only need to move one part of their body.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I would say the Kinect because it has Biggest Loser Game and truly that is a great workout

    • bechand 5 years ago

      we have the Xbox Kinect and the playstation version - both are good and I assume that the Wii is similar. I bet they all give the same workout ... you can only do so much on a screen - it is the software that matters. And now, most games come on all systems, so it really wouldn't matter which you buy. My reason for liking Kinect is no controller - uses camera - you do not need to stay on the Wii board etc... i would think it would be easier to use ... but again I do not have a Wii ... and I am sure that most people posting here will have one but not both ... (we do have xbox and playstation versions ... and I would choose xbox over playstation due to that controler thing - the playstation has an external controler as well ...)

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      your pussy is well

    • bkarsono 6 years ago

      Somewhat tt gives me some sort of motivation to get thru the day. It's just brilliant!!

    Which Provides a Better Workout & Why? - If you're making this purchase for fitness, this is very relevant!

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      • anonymous 3 years ago

        MESSAGE TO XBOX Kinect People: You people are forgetting what makes Wii Fit waay better than Kinect, Wii Fit does not JUST use Wii Remotes, Wii Fit uses the Wii Fit Balance Board which measures weight and center of balance, USE WII FIT!

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        I think Wii Fit is better because Wii Fit, unlike XBOX Kinect, is able to measure Center Of Balance, Weight, and it also has more accurate information which leads to better exercise. I say Wii Fit, I am using the latest Wii Fit U and it is really helping with my weight, posture and exercise.

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      • anonymous 4 years ago

        you move in it

      • Carol 4 years ago from Arkansas

        I just happen to have a Wii and my whole family just loves the Wii Fit. The grandkids are especially delighted when we play with them and they beat us!

      • Enda McLarnon 4 years ago from Belfast, Ireland

        I am a WII addict so it will always have my vote and it is better fun

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Wii Fit actually does utilize your entire body using sensors on the Wii Fit Balance board. It also tracks weight. The Kinect is incapable of this, and also has very in accurate and poor movement tracking.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        wii has mii

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I have been using Wii Fit for about three years and love it! There are lots of different exercises that focus on upper and lower body, balance and coordination. I have multiple sclerosis, and even though I'm in remission, right now, I still have some problems with it. Those problems have gotten fewer, since I started using Wii Fit Plus. There are exercises for every part of your body. Yoga exercises, running, bicycling, playing soccer, snowball fights, and other exercises that make exercising fun. There are also exercises for your mind, on most of the exercises, which are VERY important to MS patients. (Part of MS is that you have to work harder for some of your brain functions and Wii Fit Plus has mental exercises that help you with memory)

      • StewartClan 5 years ago

        While I know that possibly you can burn more calories with the Xbox, I really love my Wii and doing wii fit. My favourite thing to do on the Wii is Just Dance which is amazingly good fun. The best thing about doing the Wii is that you do not have to jump around too much. We live in an apartment so we have to be careful of our neighbours. The Wii suits us just fine!

      • jmatts1 5 years ago

        I'm going with the Wii Fit as that is the only one I've used so far but definitely a good workout.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I'm looking for some information about which is better in the market for homework but personally I think that the wii is better but that's because I only have a wii not on Xbox!!!!=P

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        I've actually started using the EA Active 2 program for the wii. You can use it with or without the wii fit board. It's tough! OK, maybe I'm a wuss, but I'm on the easy level and it's tough! Anyway, I highly recommend it!

      Kinect Sensor with Kinect Adventures - The Xbox Kinect has an average of 4.5 stars from a total of almost 700 ratings!

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      from product description: Kinect brings games and entertainment to life in extraordinary newways – no controller required. Easy to use and instantly fun, Kinect gets everyone off the couch moving, laughing and cheering. See a ball? Kickit. Control an HD movie with a wave of the hand. Want to join a friend in the fun? Simply jump in. With Kinect technology evaporates, letting the natural magic in all of us shine. And the best part is Kinect works with every Xbox 360 right out of the box.

       

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        • anonymous 4 years ago

          Xbox is better, involves your whole body and is really fun!I have both and Xbox is more fun.

        • anonymous 4 years ago

          Xbox is better, involves your whole body and is really fun!I have both and Xbox is more fun.

        • RykiBergstrand 5 years ago

          Uh, put the disc in and put the sensor up? No need to get out the controllers / Wii Pad thingy? Yeah, the Kinect.

        Which System is Easier to Set Up and Use? - Ease of use can be a big factor in a decision like this one.

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          • Enda McLarnon 4 years ago from Belfast, Ireland

            If you can't set this up then you really need help

          • anonymous 5 years ago

            wii fit

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            Which Has Better Workout Programs? - What is your favorite exercise program & why?

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              • Carol 4 years ago from Arkansas

                The Wii. It tracts your weigh, BMI, exercise time and the workouts are just so fun!

              • Enda McLarnon 4 years ago from Belfast, Ireland

                Surprise...the WII

              • jmatts1 5 years ago

                Wii Fit for me. I was so thirsty I finished the water from my 5 gallon glass water bottle on my watercooler.

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                • anonymous 4 years ago

                  I would say kinect because it has more user friendly and it is more fun games and involves your whole body.I have both and I like Xbox more.

                • anonymous 4 years ago

                  I would say kinect because it has more user friendly and it is more fun games and involves your whole body.I have both and I like Xbox more.

                Overall, Which Do You Recommend? - From personal experience, do you like Kinect or Wii Fit better?

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                  • gameandroid 3 years ago

                    I think Wii Fit better shared

                  • gameandroid 3 years ago

                    I think Wii Fit better shared

                  • Carol 4 years ago from Arkansas

                    I've never used the Kinect so I can't speak for it but I often recommend the Wii Fit Plus. The balance games are so beneficial for mind and body.

                  • StewartClan 5 years ago

                    I have got Zumba fitness and it is good. I have found lots of husbands seem to like to video their wives doing Zumba fitness, which is slightly perturbing. You haven't mentioned it, but Just Dance is my favourite!

                  • BenBsimpson 5 years ago

                    Much more enjoyable games in my opinion

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                      Carol 4 years ago from Arkansas

                      WiiFit is so much fun-we get it out often when we have company and always when the grandkids are visiting. Such a fun family activity.

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                      princejindal8 4 years ago

                      Wii would be great.Want to know more, visit Healthy Celeb

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                      princejindal8 4 years ago

                      Wii would be great. Want to know more, visit Healthy Celeb

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                      anonymous 4 years ago

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                      StewartClan 5 years ago

                      Using the Wii is great because you can play with all the family. Even my five year old likes to have a go playing wii sports or wii fit.

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                      anonymous 5 years ago

                      I don't think you can beat proper exercise equipment when try to get and stay fit. You can't beat a good treadmill to get the heart beating!

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                      anonymous 5 years ago

                      I think anything that gets people more active has to be good for them and their fitness. What ever works to help people get in shape is good.

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                      anonymous 5 years ago

                      I have only tried the Wii for exercise, so I can't really compare. I can say the Wii is very good though.

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                      anonymous 5 years ago

                      tnx for your article put Wii Fit can be used for some serious training. I have never tried Kinect, but would like to!

                      www.fitness-system-deal.com

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                      bechand 5 years ago

                      you may want to go above and delete the comment in the comment box under Which Provides a Better Workout & Why? - a non squidoo member left a non flattering message there. FYI

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                      annmurray2 5 years ago

                      Wii Fit for me. :)

                      Personal Trainer

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                      dogface lm 6 years ago

                      Wii Fit can be used for some serious training. I have never tried Kinect, but would like to!

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                      TapIn2U 6 years ago

                      Interesting set of choices. I love keeping fit and I do it the good ol' way and that's walking/jogging in the park. I'd love to see how others do using Wii programs and how effective they are. Fantastic lens! Hey, I just published my fourth lens called the 3 Shortcuts to Happiness and would love to know what you think of it. Any suggestion will be greatly appreciated. Blessings! Sundae ;-)

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                      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

                      Unfortunately, I cannot help you with your quest for information about the differences in fitness programs between the Kinect and the Wii. I will be curious to see the results. I have lensrolled your page to my two Wii pages and my Kinect page.