Kinect or Wii???

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LissaLou66

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Posted: 03 Jun 2011, 06:02
Are there any members using either of these game systems for a source of exercise? I am considering making a purchase and would like some feedback on the pros and cons of each as far as it relates to the "workout" games only. I have no children in the house so it is very unlikely I will ever have games to play outside the fitness realm. Just want to be sure I make the better choice in gaming systems for work out purposes.
Thanks all!!!
Nimm

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Posted: 03 Jun 2011, 06:20
I began using the Kinect for daily cardio last November. It was fun, motivational, and effective enough that I stuck with it and saw results. I've stopped using it now that I moved on to P90X, but I will still recommend it for a semi-structured cardio workout program.

I can't speak to the relative advantages to the Wii, but the main difference (other than software) is that you don't need to hold any controllers or wands - the sensor just watches you and evaluates whether you're doing the moves properly. I think that's a pretty significant convenience, but again, not having used the Wii, I can't say first-hand. The bottom line is - as long as either of them is fun/motivational enough so that you stick with a regular routine, instead of letting it collect dust after 2 weeks, they'll both "work."

You won't really get serious strength/resistance work from either system, but as far as cardio - just getting you up and moving and burning calories - they can work perfectly well.
Hoser

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Posted: 03 Jun 2011, 08:28
I have both.

If you're looking for a serious, hardcore workout then I definitely would not recommend them. If you're completely sedentary and you just want something to get you moving then they can be very good. I'm sort of addicted to Dance Central on the Kinect. I'm fairly competitive, even with myself, so I'm working my way through the songs and not moving forward until I get at least 98% on a level. "Almost nailed it... one more time..." can keep me enthused for a long time.

And, as in most things, you'll get out of it what you put into it. If you just sort of march through it, then blah. If you really get into it and move energetically then you'll get more of a workout. It's still just movement/cardio, though, and not something that will build muscles.
LissaLou66

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Posted: 06 Jun 2011, 06:12
Thank you both! The reason I am considering one of them is just for the cardio workout. Living in the midwest the weather is always iffy and I would like to have something indoors to do when it isn't feasible outside. For instance Saturday it was 98 degrees here and for a person overweight and out of shape, taking my bike out for a ride could prove to be a horrible idea. So I stayed in for the most part. I was leaning to the Kinect for the reason of not having a controller to hold and besides that Dance Central does look like a lot of fun!
davidsmom

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Posted: 06 Jun 2011, 07:05
What about purchasing some DVD's? Walk at Home has some really good workouts. Low impact but effective.
I'm thinner today than I was yesterday but not as thin as I will be tomorrow. One day at a time.


suzanne62

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Posted: 06 Jun 2011, 07:51
I have the WII PERSONAL TRAINER program (has resistance band, cardio, sports, etc, keeps track of weight, food, etc.). This is very good. I also have the GOLD'S GYM DANCE WORKOUT for the Wii and I use it ALL THE TIME. It's high cardio (it has a personal trainer as well). I say ANY movement is better than NO movement. I'm not an "intense" workout person, however I do like to excercise. So this is perfect for me...and it BURNS CALORIES...! Good luck~
PeeFat

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Posted: 06 Jun 2011, 09:09
Save your money. Purchase a set of dumbells and a resistance band and take the stairs when ever you can. My muscles are now pretty shredded and it didn't cost me hardly anything. Don't buy into the marketing hype. You don't need video games or an expensive gym membership to get in shape. You can do it very well youself, and keep your hard earned money in your pocket.
PantherIII

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Posted: 07 Jun 2011, 08:19
You crack me up peefat. I haven't heard a single thing you say have an ounce of substance to it, but each saying is very very entertaining. Keep 'em coming in my opinion, just make sure and recognize know one will take anything you say serious until you decide to "answer" questions that you understand, not attack ones that aren't in your realm. BTW, I have both a kinect and a wii, I actually enjoy playing the wii more. I imagine the kinect will eventually catch up, but right now its just to glitchy for my taste.
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1sexyogre

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Posted: 07 Jun 2011, 09:31
I use my Wii, and I have the Wii Fit and the Biggest Loser game. I bust out a good sweat and enjoy it as well. I am waiting to get the second Biggest Loser game and Zumba for Wii. I love it - it was the best gift I have received ever!
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adaminaudio

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Posted: 08 Jun 2011, 08:32
I use the Michael Jackson Experience for the Wii. It may sound silly but it works. It's the only game that I have actually lost weight with (tried: Biggest Loser, EA Active, etc...) Someone above mentioned Gold's Gym Dance Workout, that's a great one too. Basically any kind of dancing game will do (except for DD revolution) but the MJ Experience gets the most 'sweat' points for me Smile
mikefarinha

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Posted: 09 Jun 2011, 13:13
I have the new Wii Fit and my interest in it comes and goes. The one good thing about the Wii Fit is that it weighs you each time you play so you can chart your weight loss.

However I wouldn't say it is anything exceptional.

-Mike
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PeeFat

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Posted: 09 Jun 2011, 15:53
PantherIII wrote:
You crack me up peefat. I haven't heard a single thing you say have an ounce of substance to it, but each saying is very very entertaining. Keep 'em coming in my opinion, just make sure and recognize know one will take anything you say serious until you decide to "answer" questions that you understand, not attack ones that aren't in your realm. BTW, I have both a kinect and a wii, I actually enjoy playing the wii more. I imagine the kinect will eventually catch up, but right now its just to glitchy for my taste.


I used to have the Wii. I wasn't getting the results I thought it would give. It is mearly a video game intended to get peoples fat children off the couch. I gave the unit to my sister and her family. Both her and her husband and both children are very over weight. Nothing has changed.
I decided I actually had to do leave the game to kids and do an actual adult workout. I've lost 100lbs now and am at 17% body fat with a six pack. Real exercise with dumbells, and pull up bar and a couple ab workout videos got the job done... not games. I just posted updated photos to show my progress. My body is closing in on an athletic frame with 1 hour of exercise every second day. I wouldn't get the results I have with a video game, especially for an old guy like me. 47 years of bad eating habits learned as a child took it's toll. I finally took my life back.
I wasted my money on the Wii system. It's a toy, not an effective tool for adult fitness levels imo.
I'm trying to save that woman some money.
Nimm

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Posted: 09 Jun 2011, 16:06
PeeFat wrote:
I wasted my money on the Wii system. It's a toy, not an effective tool for adult fitness levels imo.
I'm trying to save that woman some money.


The only argument I have with this is....these games can be fun and/or motivational enough to get someone to start regular cardio.

You're right, you don't need a game, and they won't be as effective as a lifting routine, but you know that fitness is at least half psychological.

What did it for me was Your Shape: Fitness Evolved on the Kinect. It can provide an actual cardio workout, and teach you a lot about it, if you're new to it. In my case, the stat tracking is what I liked - it kept detailed logs for me on how much I did every day, and had a pretty good estimate of the calories I was burning. Online leaderboards pushed my competitive buttons enough to stick with it.

That in turn got me more motivated to learn more about fitness, which eventually led me to do P90X, which has in turn led me to start putting together my own home gym and do more serious lifting and resistance workouts.

For no real reason, I went back and played around with Your Shape again the other day, just to see how different it felt. Some of the routines I was surprised that I ever broke a sweat doing them, but others...were surprisingly strenuous and had me toweling off afterwards.

So, don't be too down on the motion "games." They can be a good introduction to regular cardio, if nothing else. Really, whatever motivates someone to move more, and move regularly, is what matters, right?
ijedic

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Posted: 17 Jun 2011, 19:46
We have a Wii. The games I played (shooting, cow racing, golf, bowling, billiards) were more like games, but standing up to play them and movement was better than couch potato time.

There are a few that I've played recently that did work up some sweat. Tennis and boxing. Tennis took some time to get me sweating, but boxing had me sweating by the second round in the first match. 20 minutes of boxing had me sweating more than 20 minutes on my treadmill.

If your current exercise is getting off the couch to get a refill, then yeah even the Wii games are more exercise. If you want a Wii game to make you sweat, play boxing.

We got ours used off Craig's list. It was only $100 for the Wii, 2 controllers, Wii fit with board, Wii sports, and Wii games.



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