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Wii: the Technology Gadget That Changes Lives

Updated on August 10, 2013

When my husband and I were approaching our 25th anniversary, he said, “I know what I want to do for our anniversary.”

Not being the romantic type, my thoughts went to, “Oh no, what’s he going to say? A golf cart? A new roof for the shop? A trip to Branson?”

I just wasn’t sure where he was going with this.

He said, “I think we should get a Wii Console?”

A Wii Console? Really, video games? We don’t play video games.

Why would he want to get something that we don’t even consider entertaining or useful?

I thought he was crazy.

I could only look at him. Then he went on to explain.

Wii Fitness

Wii isn’t just for video games.Of course, you can get all the video games that the other game consoles use, but that was not the direction he was going with this suggestion.

Wii Fitness is a healthy choice.He wanted to get a Wii Fitness Board so we could exercise. There are a variety of exercises that come with the Wii Fit disc that came with the original Wii Board.It provides a variety of great cardiovascular exercises.The Wii Board also keeps track of your weight and balance.

There are different levels of each exercise that you can reach.Standing on the Wii Board and using your hand held controller, the Wii measures your progress and balance through the board and controller.Here are a few things you can do with the Wii Fitness Board:

  • Aerobics
  • Obstacle Courses
  • Running
  • Yoga (which has a personal trainer)
  • Strength Exercises for all Body Parts (also with a personal trainer)
  • Hula Hoop
  • Kung Fu movements
  • Bicycling
  • Head-butting a Soccer Ball
  • Segway Racing

I am sure I am missing some because there are so many.You can do the exercises alone or you can compete with others.The exercises are great for cardiovascular health, strength, balance, and deep breathing techniques.

Careful, I might knock you over...
Careful, I might knock you over... | Source
Bowling! I run right up to the line!
Bowling! I run right up to the line! | Source

Wii Games - Not Your Typical Video Games

Wii does have games, but not the couch potato games one thinks of when thinking of other game consoles.The Wii games get you off the couch and moving around. Oh sure, you could just flick your wrist with the hand controller, but not at my house. Outta the chair and the gauntlet is thrown down.

Games include:

  • Tennis – get out of my way, or I will run over you. The living room is my court.
  • Bowling – yes, I run up to the line and go into the bowling position. STRIKE!!
  • Golf – my husband likes this one.Sometimes I let him win…
  • Baseball – Batter up!!
  • Boxing – this one takes coordination… I’m still working on it.

I cannot stress enough that the great thing about these games is that you have to get up and move. You can’t just sit there and press buttons and stare at a screen. Also, it is so much fun to compete with one another. My husband and I have had a great time. Pull in the kids and their friends, and you have a spectator sport.

Family Fun in Action

As mentioned above, the whole family can enjoy the Wii. Good natured competition and exercising together are great for quality family time or for couples time. It makes for some great laughs and jokes too. Get the video camera out. There are a ton of things you can hold over their heads because some of the positions and forms, though beneficial, aren't always pretty. Not that I would ever do that. Just sayin’…

Wii can really create a party atmosphere: movement - even dancing - laughing, teasing... Plus, you get the benefits of cardiovascular exercise, strength conditioning, and balance. It is great for birthdays, the holidays, and any get together in general. It is also a fun habit to get into on your own. It takes the "tediousness" out of exercise, and it is definitely not boring.

Netflix and Video Games

Okay, Wii can be used for video games, such as Mario Brothers, and you or your kids can be a couch potato. Not my idea of fun, but hey, to each his own.

I do love that Wii has Wi-Fi, and you can get Netflix to watch a variety movies, TV shows, documentaries, or foreign films. After working up a sweat with the exercises and/or games, we love sitting down to watch something interesting on Netflix. For a small monthly fee, we can pick and watch a movie without going to the video store or to a Red Box.

Other Wii Functions

Fitness, movies, games all in one game console, but there is so much more that is being continually updated. Wii currently has news, weather, Amazon, and shopping for users to check in the comfort of their living room. There are so many games and services, like Hulu Plus, You Tube, and Netflix you can order. Netflix and Hulu Plus are paid subscriptions.

There is also a Photo Channel where you can download your digital photos to "create works of art" with your SD card.

So many things from one product for exercise, entertainment, news, weather, shopping, and the list goes on.

Wii - the Well-Rounded Gadget

My husband had done his research on the Wii before ever mentioning it to me. We have thoroughly enjoyed quality time together and time with our family. It is nice to grow old with someone who keeps me active. Wii has made me a believer that there are gadgets that will change your life and bring many benefits.

I no longer stereotype video games as a couch potato activity. Now, it is a health benefit plus so much more.

Do you have a Wii to help keep you active?

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Thank you, Jackson! :-)

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      jacksonjojaf 5 years ago

      Thanks for the post tjis article.Your article content is very unick and image is very like

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Kelly, you and Dave would have lots of fun challenging each other on the ski jump and the obstacle course. I haven't played any video games on the Wii.

      We have fun bowling and playing tennis, too. My husband is very competitive, so he likes to heckle me to make me mess up. LOL It is all in fun!

      Thanks for dropping by! :-)

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Hey I play video games on the Wii:) lol My husband was smart enough to approach me with the Wii Fit thing and even went so far as to buy the thing but no one has used it much! They play the games though and my girls really do not over do the video time so I think it's good for the hand and eye coordination.

      My husband is a video game fan big time though and enjoys doing it when he isn't working. I think it could be way worse so I play some of the games with him and we have lots of fun. I can be real competitive. I can't do any of the shooting games so that's fun for him to watch:) LOL

      Fun and excellent hub topic!

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Hi Peanut! I love Zumba class, and I have wondered about the Zumba game with Wii. I may have to try it. I do love how playing the games on Wii gets me up and moving. And, YES, burning those calories.

      Thanks for dropping by! :-)

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Hey Tammy! I remember Atari, too. Watching the ball go back and forth, back and forth. LOL It was great fun! When my son was little, we got a Nintendo with Mario Brothers. They would stay up all night trying to reach the next level - I think I got to level 2. I would try to jump with the little guy, hoping that would help. LOL

      With the Wii, when I jump, it makes a difference. I get to feel it the next day. :D No pain, no gain. It is much more fun, too. It is like a playground in the living room!

      Thanks for dropping by! :-)

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      Tara Carbery 5 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      I love my wii! I've got Wii fit, JustDance and Zumba. So much fun and really burns those calories off!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I grew up with Atari and found the new game systems too complicated to use with all their buttons. I love this system and love that it gets kids up off the couch. Great hub!

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Mary, I'll be honest... If my husband had not thought about it, I would have never considered it. I am glad he did, though. As I told Ruchira above, I have never been into exercise or sports, but I love having fun. The Wii provides all three for me.

      Thanks for dropping by! :-)

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Ruchira, I think there is even a way you and I could play tennis if we are both using Wi-Fi... DON'T QUOTE ME ON THAT - I need to research it more. If it's true, are you up for a match? HA!! It is so much fun, and I am not one who has ever liked exercise or sports. :-)

      Thanks for dropping by! :-)

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      This looks like something I'd like to do! I'll think about this a little more. I have friends who love theirs.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      I agree Wii fitness is the new favorite. We love it too.

      Thanks sholland.

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Oh no, Always Exploring, the Wii is so much more. I am sure there are many more features I didn't cover. It is so much fun to be able to play and exercise at the same time.

      Thanks for dropping by!! :-)

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Hi ALocsin! Yeah, I am amazed at all the Wii can do - not being technologically savvy! LOL

      Thanks for dropping by and voting! :-)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is a new gadget i would like to have. I thought it was a video game..Thank's for the info...

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I can get Netflix on my TV and computer. But the Wii fitness concepts are unique to the device, making it a worthwhile purchase. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Thanks, Josh! It is so much fun, and dare I say it, HEALTHY! :-)

      Hope you are having a great weekend, too! Thanks for dropping by! :-)

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Awesome hub for those trying to decide whether they should buy it or not. I do not have to worry about making a decision, because I caved in years ago! You made some very great points here; thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Hi Janine! They are so much fun, and everyone is laughing and participating... it's great!! I bet if you went bowling, now, you would find that you are better. :-)

      I think it is good for the body and mind to play any of the games.

      Thanks for dropping by, voting, and sharing! :-)

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Kelley, isn't it great? I am not that coordinated when it comes to the boxing, which is why I need to practice it more. One time I had my Wii Fit Balance Board backwards for the aerobics. I nearly cried when it kept showing that I missed the steps. LOL

      Thanks for dropping by and voting! :-)

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Susan, everyone can use it, but I do have my own exercise routine programmed into it. You will love it. It can be personalized or for the whole family!

      Thanks for dropping by! :-)

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh we too got the Wii right around the time I got pregnant with my first almost 4 years ago. We were at a friends house and got to play the bowling game. I love that game, because I a miserable bowler in real life, but on the Wii I bowl like a pro. Also, I agree about the Wii Fit, I use it and love it. Have voted and shared too!!

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      I love my Wii fit. My favorite is the boxing, voted up! Kelley

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      Just Ask Susan 5 years ago

      I've been wanting a Wii for awhile now. My husband and son each have a PS3 so why shouldn't I have my own system too right ? :)

      Enjoyed reading about how your like your Wii and I'll let you know when I get mine.