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supersahface

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Posted: 04 Dec 2011, 12:05
So I was thinking about maybe getting a Wii Fit as another way to get some exercise at home. The idea of exercising in front of anyone makes me panic! I was just wondering who has one, who has used one, and is it any good? I've heard a lot of conflicting stuff about them and I'm just not sure if it's a sensible purchase. Thanks for the advice!
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realjoy

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Posted: 04 Dec 2011, 13:32
I totally agree...It is very embarrassing for me! I have been using "exercise tv" on comcast on demand but I found out today that it will end on 12/31
Nyisia

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Posted: 04 Dec 2011, 14:28
My friend from work has a Wii and says that she enjoys the Biggest Loser software. She says it's a very good work out too.

I've never owned a Wii, but I have the xBox Kinect and it works fairly well. I've tried Dance Masters (hated the music so I took it back) and I own Your Shape: Fitness Evolved and it's good. It actually tells you what you are doing wrong so that you don't hurt yourself with bad form or something.

I actually went to a gym though for the first time yesterday (I've always been very intimidated by gyms) and had more actual FUN than I thought I would. Of course it was a "girls only" gym so I didn't have to be conscientious around any guys and I went with a friend from work, but if you can find a gym like that maybe it would help. My friend pointed out (when I told her that I was worried about the other people) that no one at the gym is paying any attentiontion to you what-so-ever. They are there to work out themselves, not judge others.
aclaussen

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Posted: 04 Dec 2011, 16:14
I also hate everything about gyms, from the smells, to the people, to the outfits, to the music. But I liked very much the "girls only" gym! I have the most fun there and it doesn't take so much time from my day.

As for videogames, I never tried Wii Fit, but I love to dance with Michael Jackson The Experience on my Wii. It's so much fun and makes me sweat a whole bunch of calories.
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Posted: 04 Dec 2011, 20:17
Haven't tried the Wii Fit but I can say that exercising with the Wii is a bit of a novelty. It's a good way to move as an alternative to sitting on your butt but I haven't found any of my exercise games to be a really great workout. Even if the exercise is good, there are too many breaks for different portions of the workout to load. As a substitute for the gym, I have much better luck with Jillian Michaels DVDs. When I've used my HRM, the burn just isn't that high on the Wii. I use the Wii mostly just to burn a few extra calories after a "real" workout or get some movement in on my off days.
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Losin25

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Posted: 04 Dec 2011, 22:18
I think the XBox with Kinnect is a better platform. Look into it before you make a final buying decision. You might be surprised how much more awesome it is.
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Sk1nnyfuture

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Posted: 05 Dec 2011, 02:40
I think the Wii is an excellen way of getting you started into regular exercise. I re-started in January on 'wii fit +', then went on to 'my professional trainer', also got 'walk with me' (get loads of steps in playing this- can be more than the treadmill). And also 'just dance2'. I don't play much now, as i go to the gym or the pool. I am grateful to the wii as it got me into exercise, got me fitter and enabled me to have enough confidence to go to the gym. Haven't had any experience of the Kinect.... It looks good - which ever you choose, it is better than doing nothing Smile

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Jim P.

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Posted: 06 Dec 2011, 07:46
Xbox Kinect is better. More games to do, more fitness games, dancing games have exercise routines, and you don't have to buy another $100 board every couple of months (shoddy equipment)
darmun

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Posted: 06 Dec 2011, 12:58
We have Wii fit. It is fun, but honestly, you spend too much time in between working out, pushing buttons to get to the next exercise. I have not tried the Wii Zumba or the Wii Biggest Loser, maybe they have longer exercise segments.
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Posted: 07 Dec 2011, 11:33
For Wii, EA Active is a much better workout than Wii Fit.
Mellabella01

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Posted: 07 Dec 2011, 15:38
I like to use my wii fit to run, I can change the channel and watch regular tv while it tracks my progess. 30 minutes just flys by! I also like to play the dance games on occasion. I also like it because its even something my five year old and I can play together.
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brandywine11...

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Posted: 07 Dec 2011, 16:36
I also have an issue about working out in front of people, but bought a wii anyhow. My boyfriend watches & actually wants to join in. It's quite fun. I get a heck of a work out. I just bought it last month so don't have too many games for it yet but use the wii fit plus work outs. Very entertaining. Very Happy
doll2

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Posted: 13 Dec 2011, 17:12
My Son's girlfriend is letting me try her Wii. I really like it. I use the Wii fit and the Wii sports. I live out in the country. It is at least 20 miles to a fitness center. I hate cold weather. So, I do not go walk outside like I should this time of year. No matter how much I bundle up. I don't have that excuse to use with the Wii. I don't mind the time it takes to load the next program. I don't think it takes much time at all. My suggestion is to see if you can borrow a game system or rent one to try before you buy.
supersahface

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Posted: 13 Dec 2011, 17:18
After humming and hawing my boyfriend agreed to get me the Wii for xmas, it arrived yesterday and I've now done two workouts using it. So far (still early days of course!) I'm loving it. I can use Wii Fit games to warm up and then do a 20 min workout with EA Sports Active 2. There is plenty of scope to build up exercise levels gradually, do different workouts and not get bored (as far as I can tell). I'll need to wait and see how it goes, but so far its all good! Smile

Thanks for all your advice and suggestions, I'll keep you posted as to how I get on. For anyone thinking about getting one I'd say go for it, or do as doll2 suggested and borrow one first before spending! (good idea!)
“To climb steep hills requires slow pace at first.” ~William Shakespeare
“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” ~Christopher Robin
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kattaybuglol

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Posted: 27 Dec 2011, 19:37
I have the fit. It is good for some things. I enjoy that I can do the step up and down and watch tv. I do also have the active, it m.akes me sweat. If you are to choose one I would advise the active.
PCBaker

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Posted: 27 Dec 2011, 23:44
I've used both the Wii Fit and the Kinect and prefer the latter. They are both fun, but the kinect has more options, more fun games, and is less "cutesy" and more grown up.
SuzyQue64

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Posted: 31 Dec 2011, 13:11

We have the WII fit and it is good for the kids but my son (who is 20) seems to really enjoy doing Dance Dance Revolution on WII. Right now he is in therapy for his ankles which he hurt playing volleyball but as soon as he is released he'll be back dancing his pounds off. The first week he lost 13 lbs so it must be doing something good.
LISfifty

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Posted: 02 Jan 2012, 07:24
I think anything can work anywhere if we will use it. I have it but do not use it, neither do I use my gym membership which I am canceling. What I am most consistent with is walking the neighborhood. Happy New Year!
Civic Cutie

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Posted: 04 Jan 2012, 08:07
I have the wii... i rarely use my wii fit however, i have all the dance games including the zumba for wii and after a half hour of that i'm sweating like i would on the treadmill after a half hour... and way more fun. I lost 8 inches in one month by adding the the just dance game to my gym routine. I was at a plateau at the gym and needed something to help me get going again.
MsMaladjuste...

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Posted: 04 Jan 2012, 11:37
I started with the Wii Fit, Personal Trainer, and Active (I think that's what they were called) when I was starting out and too embarrassed to go to the gym. Combining that (an hour a day, every day) with smart eating decisions and I lost about 30 pounds if I remember correctly. I joined the gym after that because the Wii Fit just can't give you the same kind of workout, and certainly not the intensity I needed as I got more fit. I think it's a great tool for getting yourself in the habit!



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