Yesterday, my family invested in a Wii Fit. I spent all day thinking about what a useful tool it would be, not only for getting active but for losing weight as well. I had heard many a good thing about this program, and couldn't wait to get my hands (and feet) on it.
Oh. My. Goodness. I think I might be addicted. My family and I LOVE this! The Wii environment itself is fun to play around with, and the people that you create in the Wii itself become the characters for any Wii game that you put into the console. After the new user goes through a painless body test to assess their BMI, weight, balancing ability and Wii Fit Age, they can train with yoga, strengthening, aerobic or balancing exercises. Each of the exercises are done for 2 or 3 minutes at a time at the beginning level, and a combination of them will make for a fun workout that will get your heart rate going. Though the yoga poses were created for those brand-new to yoga, I enjoyed getting through them (and comparing my progress to my mom, who is just starting to pick up yoga again). Other exercises include a Hula Hoop workout, which involved spinning multiple hula hoops for about a minute or two at a time, a Table Tilt for balance, and some isolated arm and leg strengthening moves that are challenging to hold for long periods of time.
I must say, I'm truly impressed that a product like the Wii Fit exists. It says that Americans are learning to have fun with fitness again, and that's exactly what I intend to do with my Wii Fit workouts!
Wii Fit game for Nintendo Wii, $89.99, Target stores and www.target.com. Comes with balance board and software. Nintendo Wii game system sold separately.