I woke up this morning to a nice surprise - I'm wearing a pair of jeans I haven't worn in months maybe even a year. Judging by the title you'd think I'd owe it all to Wii Fit Plus, but as usual, it's a little more complicated than that. So, after using Wii Fit Plus since December, here's what I think of it and how it has helped my workout.
HERE'S WHAT I LIKE ABOUT WII FIT
- It has a lot of exercises to help with balance and coordination
- It helps you work on your core muscles
- It is fun to use and there are so many different exercises it keeps your workouts fresh
- It tracks everything including your outside activities
- You can do some basic Yoga - sure you don't get personal help with what you are during wrong, but then again if you took Yoga in a class, you'd get only slightly more help.
- The boxing, hula hoop, and obstacle course are major calorie burners for me and I work up quite a sweat
- The competition aspect of how you do on the exercises lets you push through your previous highs and gives you something to shoot for.
HERE'S WHAT I WISH WII FIT WOULD IMPROVE
- More boxing routines
- More serious calorie burners - the running and biking are just lame
- Speaking of calorie burners, unless you are really in bad physical shape you can not use the Wii Fit to work up a sweat; it just take too much time to warm up
What I've been doing is using our elliptical for 30 minutes to really work up a sweat and then use the Wii for about 30 minutes alternating each day between cardio (boxing, step, etc), yoga, and strength. When the snow finally melts in NJ I'll start running outside, but this routine is what has helped me burn off some unwanted pounds, slowly.
So for me, Wii Fit is an essential tool in your workout routine and unless you are already in great shape or you are in really, really bad shape, you can't rely solely on it to burn off calories. For me, it is a great tool and helps make your workouts fun; I need to add something else to seriously burn calories.