Wii Fit . . . Anyone tried it?

By Nonna2Three Latest Reply 2011-01-25 10:10:20 -0600
Started 2011-01-22 18:47:59 -0600

My doctor recommended I start exercising to help get better fit as well as help my body use the glucose it produces. He said I need about 45 minutes of vigorous exercise at least 4 days a week.

have a very small house and no room for a treadmill or anything like that. And I'm not ready to consider a gym membership since those places are usually filled with young people who are not only already fit, but look like they just came home from a Caribbean vacation. I am also not yet ready for a membership at the YMCA because my endurance at this time would not make it worth the long drive to get there (it would make me mad to drive half an hour just to find myself too tired to go on after a mere 10 minute workout).

So I figure that until I get to a point that I can handle an exercise class at the Y or hold my own in a local gym that I need to do something in my den - which has a limited amount of space (maybe a 4 ft x 6 ft area of open floor space). I thought maybe the Wii Fit. I already own the game system (bought that for the grand-kids to play games when they visit). Has anyone here ever tried the Wii Fit program and if so, what is your opinion?

Tags: weight loss

21 replies

Evelynkay 2011-01-25 10:10:20 -0600 Report

Yes i love my wii fit .I dont get to use it as much as id like .but i love it.best part is i get my hubby to play and it gets him up and moving too.

kdroberts 2011-01-25 08:43:22 -0600 Report

If you actually want to get fit I would recommend something like EA Sports Active rather than Wii Fit. Wii Fit is more game oriented, it will work you out a little though. Sports Active is a better fitness tool. This is the latest version.


Nonna2Three 2011-01-25 09:03:40 -0600 Report

Thanks kdroberts, but I bought my Wii Fit program just yesterday. I will keep the EA Sports Active in mind for the future (when I have more endurance and a better exercise habit). Right now, going from no exercise at all, I am liking the Wii Fit because it is more game oriented and that helps distract me from the fact that I am actually doing any type of exercise.

kdroberts 2011-01-25 09:12:51 -0600 Report

The nice thing about the Active is you can customize the intensity from light to hard and there are a lot of different types of things, including games like the step, boxing and throwing. You also get a resistance band that you can use like weights. Wii Fit is a good starting point though, it does get boring after a few months though,

Hinboyz3 2011-01-25 07:26:33 -0600 Report

Oh yes I tried my neices on christmas day and it is truly a fun workout. And it is actually exercise in the fun way. You don't have to have that gym feeling that keeps us out of the gym. Before your know it your doing it, and feeling good while having fun.

Nonna2Three 2011-01-25 08:33:44 -0600 Report

I agree, before I knew it I had done several aerobic sessions (the basic beginner one), a free step and a few of the games. And I was always so focused on trying to keep the rhythm (which I have never had any of) that I would be surprised that the session had ended. And the Hoola-Hoop one in the balance games! Oh Emm Gee! I would HATE for anyone to have seen the hilarious display I put on. So yeah, the fun factor distracted from the time and dread f actors!

Nonna2Three 2011-01-24 15:55:03 -0600 Report

Okay, well, I got my Wii Fit Plus today and connected it. It is 67 degrees in my house and it made me work up a sweat. Of course I am overweight & sedentary so really most any exertion could cause me to work up a sweat, but this did it without me realizing it or hating the devil out of it. I did several rounds of basic step and one round of free step (that was 800 steps in 10 minutes) and then played the balance game of the penguin catching fish - although my penguin was doing more swimming that catching of fish. All in all I'm liking it simply because I did these things without hating it and wishing it was over. I stopped because I was sweating & I also know that if I overdo it on day 1 that day 2 will be harder to face. Baby steps, baby steps.

At this point I would recommend it to anyone. lets see how I feel in a few weeks or months. :D

CaliKo 2011-01-24 16:11:36 -0600 Report

Great! I think anything that gets you moving every day that you don't mind doing will give you some benefit. Let us know how your blood glucose levels do with your new exercise.

RAYT721 2011-01-23 19:28:54 -0600 Report

I have also heard good things about it and have it on our "to do" list. We have done some price shopping on Amazon, Ebay and through independent shopping assistant "bots" like mysimon.com, bottomdollar.com, and pricegrabber.com. They range in price. Making sure to research sellers is also advised because value isn't always just a question of price.

Nonna2Three 2011-01-23 09:05:06 -0600 Report

Response has been good so far. I also had an online chat with a distant friend last night and got a high recommendation so I am going to go ahead & order the Wii Fit Plus today. I'll reply again after I have used it a while. Thanks All! :)

VickieF 2011-01-22 19:29:38 -0600 Report

I have not tried the wii fit, but have used the wii for other games, like Bowling. I have played it with others who have limited mobility and while they can sit and play (they are at least getting some exercise) I play it just like I would when going to a lane. I get back to a certian point and go up to the point wher I swing my arm back and forward and release. I love it, so do my grandchildren.
It is good exersize and I have heard that the wii fit is great and loads of fun.

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Bunny Cakes 2011-01-22 19:21:38 -0600 Report

I would love to try Wii Fit so I can look like a dork exercising in the privacy of my own home rather than in public where people can see me. xD At present I don't have a Wii though.

You'll have to let us all know if you decide to try it out.

Danni-the-diabetic 2011-01-24 00:41:59 -0600 Report

LMAO you're not kidding! There is this one "workout" where you are hula-hooping and they'll toss hula-hoops at you and you have to go in every direction to catch them. It's a trip watching people do that one. . .I love it, I turn it up a notch just to make people laugh even more, but it's a great workout for your stomach and sides. LOL now I'm going to have to go over my sisters house and do that tomorrow :)

Nonna2Three 2011-01-25 08:36:33 -0600 Report

I had the hardest time catching those bloomin' hoops! Heck, I had a hard time keeping my hoop going in a good circle. Kinda sad since I was pretty good at hoola-hoop when I was younger. But I did not have anyone watching me yesterday, and until I get better I REALLY don't want anyone seeing the clown I am!

Nonna2Three 2011-01-23 09:04:45 -0600 Report

Response has been good so far. I also had an online chat with a distant friend last night and got a high recommendation so I am going to go ahead & order the Wii Fit Plus today. I'll reply again after I have used it a while. Thanks! :)

BandonBob 2011-01-22 19:18:55 -0600 Report

You can also get an exercycle that you sit in your chair to use. My wife could not do conventional exercise and we bought one for her at a shop for the disabled for about $40. She was able to get some exercise that way and it really helped her.