Wii programs good or bad?

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scrapinkathy

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Posted: 25 Jul 2010, 11:56
My husband and I just got a Wii, (for the grandkids).Laughing Are the Wii fit or yoga programs good. My husband been playing the games and I would like to use it too. Any suggestions?
2010 - lost 40 lbs on fad diet, gained it all back
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FrostyLady

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Posted: 25 Jul 2010, 12:01
Well it is better to go to a real yoga class but hey, ir the wii makes you move, go for it!!!! I started off with the wii and managed to lose a few pounds. You will have fun with it!!
Sherri2

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Posted: 28 Jul 2010, 18:30
I just got the Wii, and I tried the yoga, but my balance needs to be vastly improved. hehehe Live classes are always better, but this is better than doing nothing. I like the step and running on FitnessPlus.
Sherri
confusedange...

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Posted: 28 Jul 2010, 22:25
i love my wii. i have gone through most of the exercise "games". I started with wii fit... it was fun, colorful, and made me sweat a little bit. moved up to wii active and more active - "actual" workouts, less game. still, worked, and i use it now for step aerobics on a fairly regular basis, because i don't have access to a aerobics class. same with golds gym - i use it for my "boxing" class. =). the only one i did not use was biggest loser. the controls on it just don't register very well, so i'd end up doing things and not having it read on the screen, which made it difficult... plus, it starts you right out with some moves that just are really difficult...maybe when i've gotten stronger (after 6 months of a regular workout routine, i am stronger..but not enough for that game!)

all in all, they are still video games, but they are the closest thing to a trip to the gym you are likely to get without going to the gym or buying equipment. (Except going for a walk, mind you!)

And, they are a very good way to enter into the world of working out. They teach you form, give you ideas of exercises..and make it fun enough that even if you think you can't work out (trust me, i am big on "i can't do that"Wink... you end up doing it without even noticing. =)
sherbe2

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Posted: 28 Jul 2010, 23:03
lol, I bought the WII fit when I started this program. I about died when I got it home and stepped on it and it said "You Exceed the Weight Limit, Unable to register". I then read the box and it said you could only be 335 pounds....so that is my first goal. To be able to get on this thing!!! I can't wait! I watch my nephew and it cracks me up watching him ride the bike or hit the bells with his hips. I can't wait to give him some competition....and to not here that rude voice tell me I am over the weight limit. Enjoy your Wii fit....post how much you enjoy it once you get started!!
confusedange...

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Posted: 28 Jul 2010, 23:22
Try picking up one of the other workout games if you want to use your wii. the fit is the only one of them that requires the balance board to use it. (The others all have it as an option.) I REALLY love my wii. and the active/more active are designed by oprah's trainer...they really challenge me. =)
Hoser

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Posted: 29 Jul 2010, 03:15
My opinion is that the Wii Fit can be either good or bad.

I have the original Wii Fit game right now. It's great as a scale, since it has history. In terms of an aerobic workout, it's really not that great. It's better than nothing if you're a complete couch potato, but I thought it was a decent workout until I took up running.

The way that I think the Wii Fit can be bad is that it may deceive you into thinking you're getting a really good workout when you're actually doing something pretty superficial. If you treat it as just a way to get yourself moving a little bit, then it's pretty good. I'm mostly talking about aerobics here.

I found balance board yoga to be less good than just doing yoga exercises on the floor.
SaintViper

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Posted: 29 Jul 2010, 08:34
Why is my Wii Fit age like 125? A big guy here at work that never exercises says his is 17. He's older than me and just as out of shape as I am.
Hoser

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Posted: 29 Jul 2010, 12:51
SaintViper, Wii Fit age is pretty much based on things like balance and body control. Mine is always consistently in the 25-35 range even though I'm in my mid-40s, but I think it's because I have a background in ballet and can control the movements of my body pretty well.

Try the balance games. They help.
scrapinkathy

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Posted: 29 Jul 2010, 12:57
Thanks for all of the info. I hope to get the controller away from my husband soon so I can use it.
2010 - lost 40 lbs on fad diet, gained it all back
Oct 2012 weighed 221at Dr's office, started WW
Jan 2013 = 214, New year and new attitude
May 2013 under 200 Yeah!
*Goal 180 by Sept 2013
*Goal 165 by Christmas 2013.
TXwildflower

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Posted: 29 Jul 2010, 14:02
I had been going to Curves for about 3 months, but when mine closed, my parents let me have their Wii ... after two weeks I'm still getting sore after I do the workouts, and I'm not new to working out. I think it can be a good workout - but you have to put effort into for that. I like to use the option that strings a bunch of different exercises together, feel like it keeps my heart rate up more.
misskatielyn...

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Posted: 29 Jul 2010, 14:22
I love the Wii Fit, it is my savior. I work an office job so I do the free step sometimes while on the phone rather than sitting. Also while watching television at home the time seems to fly by!
Danana

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Posted: 29 Jul 2010, 15:18
The yoga in wii fit is good if you are learning about yoga. It can really help improve your posture and balance. The strength exercises can be pretty challenging. The others are fun ways to break a sweat. I love the hula hoop under aerobics. I feel like it tones my waist (I'm starting to actually have a waist again!) If your cable tv has exercise on demand you might like to try that. I do yoga and pilates using cable all the time. Have fun.
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bodster

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Posted: 29 Jul 2010, 16:02
I have Wii fit and now on about day 110 with it I have lost 3 stone now and it is down to Wii fit, this was the thing that got me into fitness, I now goto a gym but if it wasnt for Wii fit I would still be sat at home thinking about doing something.

I have actually had a pretty vigerous workout on it too, it all goes down to how much effort you want to put into it. When you are doing the stepping games use some small dumbells too to increase the workout load. The boxing you can really go for it punch as hard as you like and if you look on google you can find some Lonsdale dumbells that you can fit the Wiimote into them Smile

I have also gone onto EA Active now as it's more of a chalenge and deffenitly gives you a better workout plus you can use the balance board with it too if you want to.

I say go for it it can only do you good,but always check with your doctor first.
If it's not working then it's not the right time for you. When the time is right you will do it Smile
confusedange...

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Posted: 30 Jul 2010, 15:02
bodster, have you tried some of the exercise options outside of the daily challenges for wii active? i finished the challenges, and i forget if it's one or two (i just put it in by habit now)... one of them has a 30 minute step aerobics (3 different speed options) that is one of my favorite workouts. (although i've limited myself to once a week, just like a real aerobics class!) i also like to string 30 minutes of boxing routines together... makes my arms just as sore as lifting weights, i swear! =)

if i hadn't gotten my wii, i never would have started working out. i honestly didn't believe i "could" work-out without a gym membership. (when i had my gym membership, i did workout almost daily, and now i own a bunch of weights and bands and dvds and games and cardio equipment at home... but it all started with the wii!)
yoshia

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Posted: 15 Aug 2010, 00:23
anyone try working out to the just dance game i pick one up today and i did about 3 song of it and work up a good sweat im going to give it a month and see how well it works
psstanz

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Posted: 15 Aug 2010, 07:41
The Wii Fit Plus is an upgrade to the origianl Wii fit and it counts your calories burned and how long you've worked out.
I do the step aerobics but I found a extention you can put on the bottom of the board that makes you step higher so you get a better work out and I also use 3 pounds weights and do my arms while I step.
So yes it works, but like anything the more effort you put into it the better the work out and it is fun too.
So ENJOY and just move Wink

Also the Just Dance game is a great work out and I play it with my grand daughter and we have a blast..you will work up a sweat!
Slow and Steady wins the race!!
impossibledr...

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Posted: 15 Aug 2010, 08:52
Thanks to all who responded to scrapinkathy.

I have been thinking about getting a Wii for a while now, but with an empty nest felt kinda funny about getting one.

No matter how hopeless...No matter how far
Ibleedlipsti...

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Posted: 15 Aug 2010, 14:37
Definitely get the wii fit PLUS, not the regular one. The plus version gives you the amount of calories that you have burned, and it keeps you real. Just because you are sweating on there doesn't mean that you are burning a ton of calories. I do feel that I get a fairly decent workout through it though, and the yoga is decent, if not a bit limited. I used to practice at a fantastic studio near my home, but it is no longer financially viable for me. The wii is not the same, but much better than nothing.
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kelykazelli

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Posted: 15 Aug 2010, 16:49
Since the original question was about yoga, I wanted to respond to that. I love my Wii Fit Plus and think the games are a lot of fun and can give you a great workout. However, I've been doing yoga for over ten years and incorporating the balance board really screws up your form on a few of the poses, particularly warrior and downward dog. I would recommend a yoga class or a good DVD to get the most out of your yoga practice. That said, I find the standing poses and strength training, and all of the games to be totally worthwhile. The tracking features are nice, also, to keep you apprised of your progress.




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