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Wii Fit - any good? recommendations?

(11 Posts)
oldenoughtowearpurple Mon 10-Jan-11 11:24:41

Now that my 70+ year old in-laws have got themselves a Wii i feel it's time to jump on the bandwagon.

Anyone out there actually using a Wii fit regularly? Which games/thingies?

Portofino Mon 10-Jan-11 11:36:30

We got Wii Fit Plus last week. I haven't been feeling very well so haven't had a go yet, but dd / dh have been on there everyday.

There seems to be a mix - yoga, running, golf, balancing games, cycling. It looks a lot more fun than I thought it would. Some involve the balance board and some the hand controller.

silverfrog Mon 10-Jan-11 11:44:47

we got a wii for christmas.

ostensibly to help dd1 with OT issues, but since it was there, we got the wii fit plus stuff too (might as well get in on the act!)

we got a bundle that came with sports resort too.

so:

sports (comes with the wii): quite good. tennis is a good 2 player game, dh and I play htis quite a lot. lvel of exercise depends on what you put into it - you can just waft your hand and play that way, or you can leap around and get into it (depends on competitiveness, I guess grin)

sports resort: again, a mix of sports stuff. the duelling is quite good fun on this - again can be very energetic if you put the effort in (my sporty 19 yr old stepson wore himeself out doign this!)

I have been doing the wii fit side of things fairly regularly. it is quite good - at least it hets me up and active.

you build a profile, and every day can do a short test to test your reactions/balance etc. this then builds up your "fitness age"

the exercises are divided into categories: muscle workouts, aerobic, balance, yoga, hmm can't remeber the others.

it guides you through eveything on screen.

I haven't bothered with yoga or muscle workouts much (I am very unfit).

have done quite a lot of balance stuff, and aerobic. aerobic is stuff like step classes, or boxercise things, jogging etc. the balance games are quite fun - anything for m downhill skiing to dropping balls through holes on a wobble board type thing, walking the tightrope etc.

it's quite good fun, and gets you active.

so far I feel as though I have done more exercise when playing the sports games than when doing wii fit, but hten as said above, I haven't really done the muscle workout stuff. the step class bit is ok, and does get you moving.

stomp Mon 10-Jan-11 11:44:52

I do the jogging, cycling and 3 yoga positions in the routine. I've do about 30 minutes a day and have a little routine going but every so often try one of the other 'games'...i'm rubbish at the hulu hoop, there is a bird one which is very funny (goodness knows what my neighbours would say if they see me grin)& I've tried the boxing but its sooooo slow. You can start off gently and increase the 'distance' you jog etc. Good fun and it works.

stomp Mon 10-Jan-11 11:46:22

forgot to say mine is the wii fit plus

Elibean Mon 10-Jan-11 15:55:59

Personally, I find the Wii dance programmes (Just Dance, and there is another newer one) motivate me more than the Wii Fit (though its good, its not as much fun smile).

I really like our Wii - all different ages can join in, and it stopped the over-eating consequences from setting in over Xmas!

Portofino Mon 10-Jan-11 18:38:16

Just Dance is fab! We had a right laugh with that over Xmas. Doesn't feel like exercise - though I was out of breath after doing Fame ;-)

topsi Tue 11-Jan-11 06:49:20

it gets you off the couch and gets your heart going a bit if you do the cycling or jogging but its not gonna give you a six pack!

KatyMac Tue 11-Jan-11 06:59:34

Is the Yoga any good?

I used to do Yoga, but I was so behind everyone it was disheartening; I thought this might be a way to 'bring me up to speed' so to speak

malachysmum Wed 12-Jan-11 15:02:40

be aware, I pulled a back muscle getting competitive on the hoola hooping you gotta warm and warm down

OhWesternWind Thu 13-Jan-11 13:17:14

I use the Wii Fit every day, approx 30 minutes. It's great especially for people like me who are too worried about looking stupid to go to a gym/exercise class. It's as hard as you want to make it, both through choice of activity and the amount of effort you put in. I love it!

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