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Wii Fit Facts

January 29th, 2009

In the recent past, more and more people have become health conscious and the fitness industry has been riding high in the last few years. Cashing in on the fitness craze, Nintendo introduced a game console that combines both fitness and fun, and as expected it has become immensely popular overnight. Retailers don’t have enough stock to fulfill the demands of Wii owners who are rushing out to buy this new game. But, that’s really not surprising, considering that Wii Fit is capable of providing a complete fitness solution while being a whole load of fun. Here are some Wii Fit facts to acquaint you with the product:

  • Wii Fit has four main categories and over 40 different games are spread across them. The four main categories are: Strength Training, Aerobics, Yoga and Balance Games. Both Strength Training and Yoga have 14 games each, while Aerobics and Balance Games have 9 games each. Most of the games are unlocked in the beginning, but as the player progresses in each category, more and more games get unlocked.
  • People have protested that Wii Fit can hardly be classified as a game. However, like most other traditional games that give you what is commonly known as experience points, Wii Fit offers Fit Points that get accumulated in your Fit Bank. On the other hand, there are goals and challenges that you need to complete just like all other video games. The fact that you also get health benefits is really simply a bonus.
  • Wii Fit comes equipped with the Balance Board and it is connected to the console through WiFi. You are required to stand on this balance board and your movements on it will get registered in the game as you pursue your activity. Nintendo has a knack for creating hardware that is sturdy, but at the same time is pleasing to the eyes, and this is true of the Wii Fit Balance Board as well which looks a lot like a regular household weighing scale.
  • Wii Fit calculates what it calls your Wii Fit Age. You enter your height and age, while the Wii Fit Balance Board calculates your weight. It provides you with your body mass index (BMI) and calculates your Wii Fit Age. You know you are in dire need of a fitness routine if your Wii Fit Age is a lot more than your actual age.
  • Even though Wii Fit doesn’t offer a multiplayer mode, this game has become a huge hit in community settings. The game allows you to create your own personal profile and all your family or friends can create one for themselves. Wii Fit keeps track of every player’s progress, making it possible to have exciting competitions amongst each other. On the other hand, watching your family or friends gyrate on the Balance Board allows for a lot of fun on a lazy afternoon.
  • Wii Fit also allows you to keep track of off-board fitness activities. Players can log in their daily activities like swimming, walking, cycling, etc. and the time they have spent on each in the game and it will incorporate these figures in calculating your fitness levels.

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Wii Fit Tips

January 29th, 2009

While most video games have an adverse effect on people’s fitness levels as they slouch for hours and hours in front of the monitor, Wii Fit offers a great combination of both fitness and fun. However, you are not going to become fit and trim by simply paying the price of the game. In the beginning, playing and watching other play different games on Wii Fit can be an amusing and fun activity. But, as the novelty wears off, it is important to continue your fitness regime on Wii Fit to actually get the health benefits that the game has to offer. Here are some Wii Fit tips to help you make the most of your Wii Fit and ensure that it doesn’t find itself in the attic a month from its purchase:

Be Precise
: You may have come across reviews of Wii Fit that claim that the Balance Board is not accurate in recording your body weight. Since, all calculations in the game depend on your body mass index (BMI) of which your body weight is an important component, it is disheartening to know that the results could be completely off because of the inaccurate Balance Board. However, chances are that you are not placing the Balance Board accurately. You need a hard surface like tiles or hardwood floor to place your Balance Board on. If you are placing it on the carpet next to your TV, chances are the results will be inaccurate.

Be Prepared: The novelty of Wii Fit will wear out in a few weeks, if not days. Be prepared for this to happen. Additionally, also be prepared with a fitness routine you intend to stick to for a long term period. Have a plan to ensure that Wii Fit becomes a part of your daily routine.

Have Real Expectations
: Odds are that you bought Wii Fit because of all the hype that surrounds it and highlights all the health benefits you can derive from it. But, while this is absolutely true, you also need to be aware that ads and articles tend to only focus on the positives without paying any attention to practicalities. It wouldn’t be surprising if you thought that an hour on the Wii Fit every week will turn you into a supermodel and take away all your excess fat. If you really believe this, you are likely to be disappointed when it does not happen.

Be Ready: Wii Fit is a fitness routine like every other fitness routine you have come across. It needs a warming up and a cooling down period before and after the game. If you go straight into power boxing without getting your body ready for it, you are bound to suffer from muscle cramps in a matter of minutes. If this were to happen to you repeatedly, it is unlikely that you will have any desire to continue playing the game.

Take Your Time: the results of Wii Fit are not uniform or standardized. Different people will show different rates of weight loss. Do not get discouraged if your friend has lost more weight that you have. Stay focused on your fitness routine, ensure that you are following instructions accurately and you are bound to see the difference in your fitness levels.

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Wii Fit BMI Calculator

January 17th, 2009

The built-in Wii Fit BMI calculator registers a person’s B.M.I, or body mass index which is a weight evaluation based on height and weight. It is a great screening tool for adults but is not suitable for children because their BMI calculation has to be expressed based on age and gender growth charts, and Wii Fit does not do that.

The B.M.I refers to the approximate body fat in a person but, for example, does not take into account how often a person is active, so if the game categorizes somebody as being overweight or obese, they should seek more information from a health professional who can better evaluate the level of body fat.

But besides of that it is a fun way to screen your progress and reach your goals by checking your BMI from time to time. Here is how it looks like:

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Some Quick Wii Fit Hula Hoop Tips

July 15th, 2008

Don’t move your hips so rapidly as you do when you are really hula hooping. It’s more in the feet than anything!

Try to move your feet in a circular like motion while keeping them on the board at the same time

If a hula hoop is coming from the left, I will take my right foot off of the Wii Balance Board. And if it is coming from the right, I will take my left foot off - which ever way the hoops go, you have to lean that way

I did notice a momentary delay when trying to catch hoops. My own solution to this was to momentarily pause and start leaning pretty much as soon as the hoop is thrown. This can be tricky when both Miis are indicating they’re going to toss the hoop to throw you off.

It is all about weight shift, not arm movement. You don’t have to move your arms at all. Just shift your weight toward the tossed hoop.

Have fun :)

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