Becoming a Family of Fitness
admin - Tuesday, 14 October 2008 03:56
Before our family acquired a Wii Fit, none of us were actively into fitness. I had been to a few yoga classes, but didn't have a consistent yoga practice. My husband sits for hours at his job. Exercise for him is moving his fingers on the keyboard. My kids like to skateboard and shoot basketball but not any type of fitness, you know, the good kind that make you tired and sore.
Now, if we want to work up a sweat, we play the Wii Fit. So nice to have a family pastime that is good for our health!
I admit I am a little bashful working out with others but this is what I love about the Wii Fit. The ability for me to practice yoga, go for a mini jog, do strength exercises, complete with a encouraging personal trainer, in the privacy of my own home. My interested in yoga has now expanded into a twice weekly class. I feel more confident and can feel the difference in my strength and flexibility. I even have more energy to get through the day and climb the staircase at the school without becoming winded!
I love how the game tracks our activity and keeps track of our daily progress with pretty charts and graphs. Players chart their results over a particular period of time. There are fitness tips offered intermittently-somehow the machine is more successful at telling the kids to ‘eat your vegetables’! There is such valuable information provided, I have never learned so much from a video system!
As each player continues to exercise with Wii Fit, they'll earn coin style credits that will unlock additional exercises, games and activities. I am surprised and inspired by how challenging some of the games are getting, and I am always thrilled to hear my kids encouraging each other when they get to a particularly difficult activity.
My kids favorite games are the balance games like skiing and snowboarding or the strength games like karate. I feel like I can get a balanced workout, crosstraining my yoga with aerobic and strength exercises.
Even though I like to use the Wii Fit by myself, it is something the whole family can play together. I am so grateful to have this system in our household. I’m going to try the DanceDance Revolution next! Maybe I’ll develop the confidence to get out on the dancefloor yet!
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