How Wii Fit Plus can kick start your weight-loss


image source: amazon.co.uk
Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board
What the site says:


"Wii Fit Plus combines fun and fitness into one product. It can change how you exercise, how you balance, and even how you move. Expanding upon the original Wii Fit software, Wii Fit Plus is packed with every feature from Wii Fit—plus new exercises and tools to personalize your exercise routine. If you already have a profile on the original Wii Fit, you can easily transfer it over to Wii Fit Plus."
wiifit.com

Pros:
During the first two weeks of changing my lifestyle (in secret, I should add!), the Wii fit Plus was brilliant for allowing me to turn my room into a gym space where I could weigh myself and exercise in private wearing whatever I feel comfortable in (PJs at this point as I hadn't bought gym clothes!), at what ever time of day or night I like, which I wouldn't be able to do in a real gym. 
The Wii Fit Plus introduces you to a wide range of exercises suitable for beginners which you can manually select using the training menu. . It includes
yoga for balance and relaxation, performed using the Balance Board so that the game can feedback to pointers for improving your balance, breathing and posture. There are some basic strength training exercises such as lunges and push-ups, plus a wide range of cardio workouts including step, free running, and my favourite: Hula Hooping! All of which are fantastic for getting your heart rate up an burning calories. You can also choose between a female and male personal trainer who will instruct and encourage you throughout your workout.
I noticed major changes to my body and health very quickly within the first two weeks of using the Wii Fit Plus to introduce me back into exercise. After a Wii workout, I was much more alert and less lethargic in general, but I especially loved being introduced to that that 'pumped' feeling you get after a good workout. After all the lunges and free running, my calves started to feel like rocks (no more wobble there!) my waist started to feel a bit tighter. Most importantly, after a recent motorbike accident, the yoga poses resulted in my injured back  beginning to straighten out and a reduction in pain.
Wii Fit Plus encourages you to do a body test each day that includes your BMI, weight and center of gravity. It also shows you these results on a graph so you can spot trends, which can be very motivating when the overall trend is downward!
Cons:
Here's my main criticism of the Wii fit: Personally, I don't recommend weighing yourself everyday like Wii Fit  Plus encourages. Body weight naturally fluctuates by 1lb-2lb a day, even 4lb if you weigh in the evening after a day's worth of food and water and seeing this gain can demotivate you. It's best to weigh first thing in the morning, before eating and drinking and preferably in the nude and after visiting the loo. As you can imagine, for these reasons it's better to be able to weigh yourself at home rather than relying on the scales at gyms and doctor's surgeries. 
Weighing on Wii Fit Plus using the Balance Board isn't particularly accurate either as it only measures to the nearest 1lb. For some people, this is fine, but me personally I like to know if I've lost even just 0.5lb as it's a nod in the right direction. For this reason, I bought my own set of digital scales and ditched weighing on the Wii Fit as my primary scale. 
In terms of the workouts, they are perhaps too simple and easy-going for advanced users such as regular gym class attendees. Regardless, it's great to use if you can't get to the gym for whatever reason, and difficulty can be further increased using optional add-ons (see below).
Optional Add-ons:
image source: Amazon.co.uk

Thrustmaster Elite Fitness Ultimate Pack 

for Balance Board and Wii Fit Plus

 

To enhance game play, I bought an inexpensive accessory pack for Wii Fit Plus from Amazon.co.uk, which included some wrap-around weights for wrists/legs, a pedometer (which you can use to log your daily steps on the Wii Fit Plus), a yoga mat, an arm strap for the wii remote when jogging and a device that rasies the height of the balance board to increase the difficulty of the free step exercise. There are some other little bits in there but so far these and the bag that came with it to keep everything in are the most useful for me.
Conclusion: 
A fantastic game for anyone just starting to exercise! It introduces you to a range of exercises and coaches you into them every step of the way (in much friendlier manner than most fitness DVDs!). The Balance Board is very responsive and really adds to the yoga experience. I found a few months afterwards, when I eventually braved the gym, that having used the Wii Fit Plus I was given a head start in yoga classes as I already knew some of the basic poses. My only advice would be to steer clear of using it to weigh yourself on the Balance Board everyday, instead weigh-in weekly using digital scales and maybe use the Balance Board every once in a while to assess your balance and BMI.   

Where to buy:


Your turn: What fitness game would you like to see reviewed next? Perhaps you've reviewed one yourself and would like to submit it as a guest post. In which case, contact me at BeyondTheBathroomScale@hotmail.co.uk

1 comment

  1. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete

Please note: a comment moderation policy operates on this site. Put simply, no spam, no links to commercial/spammy websites and no hateful language.