Does Wii Fit Really Work? Week Two's Results
I’m happy to report that I am still sticking to my Wii Fit workout. It’s been three weeks now and I haven’t felt any lull in my want to play. I think that’s why I haven’t stopped: I’m not working out, I’m playing a video game. That’s all it takes for hardcore gamers like me – mask an exercise regime with some digital readouts and a CPU trainer and I’m there.
This week I implemented a feature of the game that I’d never used. Adding fit credits for work you have done outside of the game are categorized into Light Work, for activities such as dishes or cooking, Medium Work, for activities such as cleaning, dancing, or bowling, and Heavy Work, for activities such as running or playing a sport. Winter came to the Northeast with abandon, and we have been blessed with a dumping of over five feet of snow in the last few days. For me that only means one thing: shoveling snow, and for each day I shoveled I added two hours of Heavy Work to my Wii Fit profile. Two hours of shoveling snow for seven days a week adds up to a heavy supplemental workout.
Week 2 Fitness Reports
As with Week 1, I started each of my workouts with a series of Yoga stretches. My goal with these stretches wasn’t to burn fat or calories, but rather to ease my body into my workout while stretching my body and improving my flexibility. I found each pose easier to do than the previous week, and I found that I caught on to new poses easier than when first started. This week I unlocked all of the available poses, and next week I will perform all of the poses each of the five days I work out.
Strength Training Chart
I unlocked all of the strength training exercises this week. Instead of advancing myself to the second level of exercise difficulty, I worked on improving my posture and holding my form. As someone who has no prior experience with push-ups, sit-ups, or strength training this was no easy task. Although I couldn’t tell if it was because of the Wii workout or because of my dedication to snow removal, I found that I hurt the most after these exercises. Next week I will work on progressing to level 2 of the exercises.
Next to Yoga, the aerobics exercises are my favorite of the game. This week I finally fell into the groove of Basic Step, and even tried my hand at Advanced Step. The breakthrough happened once I stopped watching the instructional feet and started watching the Miis. I was also very happy to continue with Rhythmic Boxing and I even started Advanced Rhythmic Boxing by the end of the week. Because the program consisted of both basic step as well as traditional boxing movies, I was very glad to have “mastered" Basic and Advanced Step before I started Boxing.
BMI and Weight Chart
As with week one, I ended each workout with a Body Test that measured both my Body Mass Index and my Weight and compared it to my progress thus far. I am happy to say that I have lost a total of 0.8 pounds since I started my Wii Fitness workout. I know that isn’t in conjunction with goal of losing four pounds a week, but I’ll be honest, I haven’t been very good about cutting sweets out of my diet.
These results are by no means scientific. There was no control set up and I did not perform my exercises at the same time each day. The information in this article should not be considered medical advice. The information in this article is not meant to treat, diagnose, prescribe or cure any ailment. Always check with your physician before taking any products or following any advice you have read on Brighthub.com. Always consult your doctor before you start, stop or change anything that has been previously prescribed.