Wii Fit: A Real Solution to Help You Get Fit

Posted by David D'Angelo | 2/04/2009 08:56:00 AM | , | 0 comments »

Many reviewers recommend that you do not buy a Wii Fit game package for the Nintendo Wii, however the way I see it their reasoning is shallow. Would you not buy it because it is exercise? Would you not buy it because it is tiring and an added work? If you want to get fit for sure you need to exert some time and effort in at least getting results. No one can get fit naturally if you will just sit, eat and do the usual thing.

To dislodged and help understand the effects of Wii Fit better, Scott Owens, a professor of exercise science at the University of Mississippi, has started a six-month study to uncover whether placing Wii Fit in a home will actually improve a family's physical fitness. By donating the game to local participants for three months at a time, then taking it away for another three months, Owens will be able to observe how the game impacts cardiovascular fitness, flexibility and balance. How often families use Wii Fit will be up to them.

The overall goal of Owens' study is to provide more insight into the American obesity epidemic. Right now, Owens speculates that playing traditional videogames might be a contributing factor because it's a sedentary activity. Results of his study are expected to come out this June.

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Wii Fit is an exercise game consisting of activities utilizing the Wii Balance Board peripheral. The balance board measures a user's weight and center of balance. The software can then calculate the user's body mass index when told of his or her height. The training has roughly 40 different activities, including yoga poses, push ups, strength, balance and aerobic exercises. Furthermore, Wii Fit allows its players to compare their fitness by using Wii Fit's own channel on the Wii Menu.

The game tracks a user's "Wii Fitness Age" through a body test basing the result on the user's current age, weight, and balance. Like the rest of the Wii Series, Wii Fit integrates Miis into its presentation and gameplay.

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