Anyone Have Wii Fit? Is It Really Exercise or More Entertainment W/activity?

Updated on February 17, 2010
M.O. asks from Barrington, IL
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I know NOTHING about the Wii my family recently got. I have a newborn and will not be going to the healthclub until he is bigger and able to fight off illnesses from the childcare there.

My husband offered to get me Wii Fit for Christmas, but I don't know if it's really worth the money. I have no doubt it's fun, but I moreso am looking to exercise indoors over the winter.

Does anyone have experience with it? Does it really help get you into shape? Or is it more just entertainment that keeps you moving?

Much thanks Mamas!

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Thanks Mamas. I'll check out EA Active and stick with my old dusty video tapes that I already have and haven't used in years.

Thanks again!

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P.F.

answers from Chicago on

The new WiiFit Plus that just came out is better than the first version. It is very similar but you can string together the exercises. I love the Golds Gym Cardio workout. I have thought about the EA Sports but have not tried it yet. It depends upon what level of fitness you are. Good Luck. I personally believe you can get (with the right software) just as good a workout as at a club with the Wii. Much cheaper too. But not as social :)

Have fun!

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J.L.

answers from Chicago on

I agree with Jen C when she says:

It is exercise, but I find the software a little frustrating because you are constantly having to go back to the menu to choose the next activity or move to the next thing.

Because of this my sits under the TV stand collecting dust.

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L.J.

answers from Cincinnati on

I have been using the Wii Fit for about a year now, and I enjoy it. I just bought My Fitness Coach 2 (my sister has been raving about the first one for months now) and I like that one more than Wii fit. Plus My Fitness Coach is cheaper than Wii fit, if cost is an issue. But with the second one, You get to pick your trainers, you also get to pick 2 target areas (mine is my tummy and destressing) and it will also give you recipe suggestions, for the day, or for the week and what you should get from the grocery store. I think it is awesome.

It can be entertaining, but it gets me moving, I have yet to get bored with it, and I can feel the workout almost immediately.

I like to mix my work outs some, and so I also look at Exercise on demand, but it really keeps you going.

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A.P.

answers from New York on

Hi. Sorry, I didn't see your request before, for some reason. I don't think anyone mentioned this, but if you have Netflix, you can do instant workout dvds. My huband bought some device that allows us to hook up our laptop to the tv, and I do it that way. Although you could also just do it using the full screen mode on your computer. He said there is a new way to also watch them through the wii console. So if you have netflix, try out the instant downloads--theyr'e great, and FREE with your netflix membership!!!

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J.C.

answers from Chicago on

It is exercise, but I find the software a little frustrating because you are constantly having to go back to the menu to choose the next activity or move to the next thing. I've heard good things about EA Active but haven't tried it myself.

If you're just looking to get moving, I have a lot of fun with my kids' Outdoor Challenge game!

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E.W.

answers from Chicago on

We like it, however we LOVE the EA Active - my husband works up a HUGE sweat while "playing" that "game"...it comes with a band you put around your leg to put the nunchuck controller in so it can tell if you're doing the moves correctly, it also comes with a resistance band so you're really getting a workout. It is compatible with the balance board the Wii Fit comes with so we use that as well...

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T.S.

answers from Dallas on

So here is my "late two cent" input. I have been overweight and full of excuses so last year in April, I brought a Wii Fit and started off as a fun thing, or just a form of entertainment. It was also a way for the kids and my husband to all have a little friendly competition. When I noticed my weight loss I was shocked so I put more work and effort into my work outs and started doing them daily. After 6 months I lost a total of 30lbs. Now that I have pretty much mastered all the exercises and received 4 gold stars in them all the challenge is gone. I began to do other work outs like the ones on OnDemand tv for free and on occasion I go back to my Wii Fit Plus and notice that I am beyond that now. So my point would be, it is a great starter workout if you are like me and had no desire to work out but wanted to lose weight but if you are a seasoned fitness guru, it may be of little benefit to you. Oh and might I recommend the Wii Fit Plus, the improvements over the normal Wii Fit are well worth it!

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S.C.

answers from Dallas on

I know this is an old post, but it was at the bottom of our email today, so I read it and wanted to respond. I have the Wii Fit, Wii Fit Plus, Your Shape, EA Active and Golds Gym Cardio. I have tried all but the Golds Gym Cardio (which I won).

I have poorly formed knees and EA Active is a killer on my knees, so I stopped using it. Wii Fit Plus is a fun addition to the Wii Fit, but neither work up a great sweat. So far I like Your Shape (also got for free), but it's a little quirky with the camera (you have to make sure it is calibrated correctly and the background is free of distractions.

Have you heard about kettlebells? I just learned about them after reading a Tweet that talked about this study: http://www.acefitness.org/getfit/research.aspx (right below the kettlebell blurb is a link to an article about Wii Fit).

Supposedly you can burn up to 1200 calories an hour with the kettlebells. I think you must have to really work out with them to get that kind of burn rate, but I am starting off slowly with a few DVDs and library books and a set of kettlebells and I definitely feel the workout. While it's not something you can do with the Wii, I thought I'd mention kettlebells as an alternative if you are looking for something you can do at home. Good luck!

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S.K.

answers from New York on

If you have the Fit TV channel try working out with Gilad...I believe it is the Body Sculpting not Bodies In Motion. I work out approx. 15-20 minutes a day...I DVR the show and fast forward through the commercials. It works...in a couple of weeks you will really appreciate the results!

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K.G.

answers from Macon on

I love my Wii Fit and I get a good exercise out of it, I got the upgrade for Christmas and while I haven't had a chance to try it out yet, I can't wait to as it has even more yoga and other things to do. Yes! I admit it is fun, but it is also hard. There is one where you have to move a bubble down a stream, just by the way you stand and place your weight on your feet. I finally got through it after 3 weeks of trying. The yoga poses are not as easy as they look either, but I sure felt better after doing them. They also have one where you have to jog in place and you do it to fast and it makes the person on the screen fall down, to slow and it tells you your not at a pace to optomise your burning of calories. I would see if you could rent the Wii Fit and make sure it's something you like before buying it or the upgrade.

K.H.

answers from Los Angeles on

As a person who does all of my workouts indoors I tried the WII fit and yes I own it. Its an alright workout but its not enough of a calorie burn. Email me and I can help you [email protected]____.com or check out some indoor workouts that are guaranteed to keep you motivated and looking forward to your workouts I PROMISE www.FunGettingFit.com

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H.H.

answers from Kansas City on

I really enjoy the WII Fit but still have to motivate myself to do it everyday as with any workout program. I do tend to work out on the WII more than the gym membership I am paying for and don't seem to find time to go. Anything that gets the family involved in exercise is a plus around here. When I do use the WII I usually work out on it for 20-30 minutes and do the step aerobics then move to the more fun activities. I guess there are more challenging workouts for it but we only have the one that came with the board right now and is enough for us right now. I usually lose 2 lbs everytime I use it.

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