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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