I’m always on the lookout for a way to spice up my workout (or entice myself to workout, period) and despite the fact that I own enough equipment (treadmill, elliptical, spinning bike, upright bike, weight bench etc…) for a home gym, I still get bored.
I’m not much of a video gamer, but once I heard about the Wii Fit for Nintendo Wii and read some really great stuff about it, I just had to have one. We got the Wii in late November so that we’d be able to play it with the family after Thanksgiving dinner. Then, I asked for the Wii Fit for Xmas.
A couple of weeks before Xmas we walked into Best Buy to do some Xmas shopping and there they were, stocking the Wii Fit right at the front of the store. My guy bought it right on the spot for 89.99 explaining that he’d been trying to find me one and had nearly paid $300 for one on EBay.
What I love about it
- The balance board is also a scale (it’s so much less painful than the traditional scale that I’ve grown so accustomed to stepping on, then looking down dreading the number).
- You can password protect your profile (I don’t need him seeing how much I weigh!)
- The running, hoola hoop and boxing. I kick ass at these! They make me feel good about myself!
- Almost all the balance games.
- The fact that you have to do more workouts to unlock more stuff (it makes it more interesting).
- You can create your Mii (that’s mine, up there on the picture) to look like yourself (or not, if you hate the way you look).
What I don’t love
- It wants me to weigh every day which really freaks me out (weight in general, I mean).
- The step aerobics (the balance board is too damned small to be doing step aerobics on) and the music us ultra-corny
- The yoga. It’s also hard to do on the balance board. I nearly killed myself doing the “tree pose”.
- The Wii Age seems very random. One day I’m 5 years younger than my actual age and the next day I’m 3 years older than my actual age. That makes me not trust the Wii Gods at all.
- If you are playing the balance games with a friend, you have to log completely out and let the other person log in or else the Wii will tell you that your weight has changed and get all weird when a different person steps on the balance board.
- It tells you that you’re fat, every single day, which I personally find de-motivating and at times has made me back-talk the TV which then makes me feel like a psycho. And that the Mii puts ALL the weight in the stomach making me look like a rolly polly. Some of that fat belongs on my thighs!
So, I’m about 3 weeks in and I’m having fun, so far. I did see an article that said that 60% of people who purchase the Wii Fit, never use it after the first time. 60%! So there! I’m defying the odds, people!