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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Wii is Kicking My Heinie

For Mother's Day, I got Sam Wii Fit. (She suggested it, it wasn't my idea. I don't have a death wish or anything.) We received it about a week ago. Ever since we got it, it has been kicking my heinie. First, it makes you aware of just how fat you are. I'm tipping the BMI scale at 31.75, which was no surprise because I do have a mirror. The normal range is 20 - 25. To get down to 25, I would have to weigh 180 pounds. I haven't weighed that much since right after my mission, where I walked (I'm guessing) at least four miles a day.

The game has four sections: Yoga, Strength Training, Aerobics, and Balance. For the Yoga and Strength Training sections, you get to pick a pale skinned "trainer" from Hades. I chose to nickname my trainer Lucifer because he makes me do things like push ups and standing on one leg while keeping my "center of balance". When I finish, Lucifer tells me stuff like "You need to work on your balance" and other sweet nothings. Thanks for the feedback, Lucifer!

The Aerobics and Balance games are pretty fun, because they have the feel of being just games, even if they're really tricking you into exercising. There is a jogging game that wants to be your friend so much it will flat out lie to you. At the end of a jogging sessions it told me "You're a great runner." Ummmmm, I quit playing football in high school just because I didn't like running. In gym class I was the kid who got to his next class late whenever we ran the mile because it took me three hours to "run" it. You're a liar, Wii, but I'll take your lie of a compliment over Lucifer's feedback.

Overall I think Wii Fit is pretty cool. It keeps track of your weight whenever you weigh in, and it lets you set goals for weight loss. I set a goal to lose 22 pounds (because that's the max it will let you) by August. It's a lofty goal, but since I have something fun to do for exercise, I might actually make some progress towards that. If not, I'll have the artificial intelligence here to keep my self esteem in check.

3 comments:

The Johnson Family said...

I really liked reading the info on the wii fit. We have the wii just not the fit. I was wondering if it was worth the investment. I take it from your post it would be.

Cam said...

I think it's a good investment. For us the main thing we need to do is to get off the couch and exercise, and it's a fun way to do it. So far it's working out better than the Tae Bo or Aerobics tapes ever did.

Jared said...

22 lbs huh. iwent to the dr. yesterday and guess what he told me "your blood pressure isn't regulated and losing weight would help". Naw you think so? anyways I got my workout last weekend we moved the Kaiden into his own room and the computer is in Sabrynna's room, that's enough exercise for me.