What’s the Fuzz about Wii Fit?

by Patrik Gisselsson

Nintendo’s fitness game for the Wii is on pace to become the fastest selling Wii game ever. The game, simply named “Fit”, has outdone all previous records on Play.com by selling out its entire allocation in just one day.

Wii Fit comes with a pressure sensitive Balance board that you put in front of your TV. The board detects any directional changes in balance and is used to interact with the game in various activites. Ofcourse the board uses wireless technology to save you from hurting yourself stumbling over cables on the floor.

Nintendo Wii is known for getting physical with the games but is it enough exercise to get you fit? Studies made on Wii Sports resulted in a weight loss of 12kg per year by using the included sports games daily, so with Wii Fit added to the consoles fitness arsenal we’ll expect to see more people losing weight in front of the TV.

Wii Fit is divided into 4 categories of exercises: Aerobic exercise, Muscle Conditioning, Yoga Poses and Balance Games. In total there are around 40 different activities included. Examples of the training are:

Step Aerobic Exercise: In this game you need to step on and off the Balance Board to music being played in the background.

Muscle Conditioning: Wii fit features controlled motions using arms, legs and other body parts.

Yoga exercise: This excersise focuses on balance and stretching in classic poses.

Ski jumping: Whereby the player squats as low as possible, while maintaining his or her balance, and then quickly stands as fast as possible in order to gain a good jump

Balance games: Several cool activites, such as soccer ball heading and hula hooping that challenges the Wii player’s overall balance

Wii Fit isn’t the only game planned to be relased for the Balance board. Nintendo has announced that at least ten games are in development for the board. Not just fitness games but different kind of fighting and sports games that can take advantage of the unique balance-based interface as well.

A Wii Fit feature is the daily Wii Fit tests where results will be tracked and viewed by everyone via progress charts:

Body Mass Index (BMI): A weight calculation based on a ratio of weight to height. Wii Fit Age: Mesured by factoring the Wii Fit player’s BMI reading, testing the users’s center of gravity and conducting quick balance tests.

The Wii balance board has a weight limit of 136kg so if you want to use it and your already over that weight you’ll have to start loosing weight now!! Once your down to the weight limit and you start using the wii fit board im sure the weight will drop off you and you’ll be as fit as a butchers dog!

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