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Nintendo Wii Fit can help you become fitter

The same dude who used the game Wii Sports that shipped with the Nintendo Wii gaming system to reduce his weight and become fitter, decided to try it again with the new Nintendo game called Wii Fit. This time though he decided to do keep on living and eating like he did before, and include a 45-60 minute of Wii Fit every day into his schedule.

The results are pretty amazing. He used to measure his weight, BMI, body fat and heart rate and saw a drop in all of them. His weight went from 191 lbs to 176 lbs, BMI from overweight to normal (down 1.5 points), body fat from 20.8% to 18.4% and heart rate from 87 to 71.

This are interesting results for obvious reason even though it should be clear that you will become fitter if you exercise regularly. The question that comes to my mind is however if those results would have been the same - or even better - if he decided to do something else instead. I'm not thinking about Eyetoys here although this would probably make up an interesting experiment as well.

What if he decided to run, swim or play football (that's soccer for you Yanks) for 45-60 minutes a day instead? I would think that he may have become even healthier in the process. While I can't vouch for that for obvious reason, it makes sense that "harder" exercises will make you fitter than exercises like those you can do in your living room. Then again, for some people it may be exactly what they have been looking for. Not everyone wants to feel the glaring looks of other people while exercising outside, and that's where games like Wii Fit can really help out.

The benefit of Wii Fit however is that you can do it in your home, that most of the exercises are fun and not boring and that you can do it on your own. Wii Fit eventually will get boring, or shall I say repetitive instead, as you only have those that ship with the game.





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    1. Jojo said on June 28, 2008 at 10:48 am
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      Any exercise will be good for you. But it looks pretty lonely doing his routine in his house, all alone. Which makes it difficult for many people to stick to. Other than the hand remote control, is this really much different form the VHS tapes that have been available for years?

      Diet is also important and for maintaining weight, making sure that you eat healthy and don’t make it a regular habit to take in more calories than you burn.

      A resting pulse rate of 71 isn’t particularly low. Mine is about 58-61 and I know people who are in the 40’s! I wonder what his blood pressure is and did it change after his test? And BMI isn’t a very good measure for athletic, in-shape people because muscle is denser than fat. My BMI is 24.4, almost overweight by the standard charts but I am fairly muscular and don’t have much fat.

      Personally, I think most people would be happier in a some sort of group exercise (health club, yoga, soccer, hiking, etc.).

      Speaking of hiking, I am going on a 10 mile hike today with 2000 ft. climb. Last week I did 14 miles with a 3000 ft total climb. Next week, my first try at kayaking in the ocean!

    2. Martin said on June 28, 2008 at 12:11 pm
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      Jojo I think that this is more for those who do not want to go out to make sports. The usual geeks, housewives, gamers and so on. This could be a first step in the right direction.

      If they manage to do it regularly. If they would change their diet as well it would be a huge step for them but humans are weak :P

    3. rico001 said on June 29, 2008 at 12:16 am
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      fitter or more fit?

      It won’t fix our grammr or sp3ll1ng

    4. Lisa said on December 2, 2008 at 11:01 am
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      We have OEM wii fit. welcome wholesale and retail.

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