Monday, February 2, 2009

Wii R Fit

Last year my exercise routine usually involved walking on the treadmill 3-5 times a week while I watched my favorite soap opera, The Young and the Restless. The soap opera is a good motivator because I won’t watch the show unless I am working out. And I have to know what is going on with Nick, Sharon and Phyllis!
I received Wii Fit for Christmas, so my exercise routine has taken a change - a change for the better. I still use the treadmill 3-4 times a week, but I add exercises or games from the Wii fit to enhance my workout. I love it! I am using muscles that have been long ignored for way too long. Also, it mixes things up a bit to make exercising more fun.
The first day we used the Wii Fit, each of my five family members did a weigh in, checked their BMI and did some of the training and games. We also set a goal to work toward. My children’s goal was to maintain, because obviously I am not going to encourage any worries about weight. Plus they just want to play the games! My weight and BMI were at normal levels, but I could stand to be a little more fit. I set a goal of losing 9.9 pounds to make my ideal BMI according to the Wii Fit. Plus I have a high school reunion coming up, so dude, I am so going to get a bit more fit! After you weigh in, your Wii Mii character adjusts to your actual weight. My kids Mii’s got string bean skinny, mine grew slightly around the waist, and my husband’s Mii grew chubby. My kids thought this was hysterical!
I am thirty days into my Wii Fit trial. I am pleased at how I am consistent with the routine. I have worked out on the Wii 15 days in the month of January. My BMI has gone down slightly, and I've lost 2 1/2 pounds. Not dramatic, but slowly but surely I hope to reach my goal. I’m sure adjusting my eating habits will help me make my goal so I will try and do that little by little. That is much harder as I love my pizza and chocolate chip cookies!
Here are some silly pictures of some of the activities on my Wii Fit program.PhotobucketPhotobucket
This is Wii Plaza where you choose which Mii will begin training. If you haven't checked in for a few days, your Mii falls asleep...
Photobucket This is the aerobics step class. It also works on your rhythm.
I like the hula hoop game, though I cannot beat my husband's score! I didn't know he could shake it like that!
Photobucket Photobucket Above is a balance game (I need work) and obviously a skiing game. I ski just as good on the Wii as I do in real life (which is not so good...)!
Besides the aerobics and balance games shown, there are yoga and strengthening exercises to get you in shape. I do a few of those each time I check in as well.
How do you keep fit?


Rena said...

Oh, that's really cool, Kelly. Thanks for sharing the pictures. I'd heard of it, but hadn't actually seen it yet. Looks like it's a lot of fun.

I mostly workout on my treadmill, but in the summer we do a lot of kayaking and hiking. Right now it's snowing, so maybe snow shoeing or XC skiing is in order.

Have fun with your Wii!

adrienne said...

That looks like fun. I also like the idea of working out to soap operas!

slhastings said...

Maybe I'd work out if I had a Wii???
I've been so bad. We have an elliptical and a weight machine, but both pieces of equipment just stare at me.

The Wii looks like fun!

Marcia said...

I walk and do stretches. I wish I could get into weights, but the last time I tried (with REALLY puny weights) I hurt my shoulders and they didn't feel normal for a year. (Yeah, I have NO athletic tendencies.)So I'm skittish about trying again. But walking is easy, cheap, and my basement is set up that I can do it there if the weather is bad.

Paul Michael Murphy said...

Now if they could only make a game that made writing query letters fun.

Kim Kasch said...

Oh I used to love to do Dance-Dance Revolution with the kids for exercise until I realized they were laughing at me and asking me to play to entertain them :(

But I did it anyway - for a while - 'cause it was funny.

Ello said...

I love wii fit but it makes me look so pudgy it pisses me off!!! Grrrr. Of course that means I need to do it more. sigh. I'm a lazy pudgy pig! too many krispy kremes.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I really, really need one of these! It looks like so much fun. I have an elliptical machine that does double-duty as a dust collector. Actually, it does single duty as a dust magnet because I haven't stepped on it in months. And my Bender Ball? It's become my kids' toy. So it's about time a kids' toy becomes my workout machine.

Denise said...

What is happening with Phyllis, Sharon and Jill?

Denise said...

Do you think London still thinks about me?