Getting Fit with Wii Fit

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Why does a video game console worth a mention in Fashionese Daily? That is, because us ladies (and gents), are considering to incorporate some exercise into our routines. I personally stopped striving to be a size 2 (of which I’m not). I do, however, strive to have more energy during the day, so I don’t feel like needing to take a nap at 3pm. But then again, we always find excuses on why we can’t find the time to exercise for all the silly reasons (my favorite excuse: I’m too lazy to find parking at the gym).

What is Wii Fit?

Wii Fit is an exercise game in Nintendo Wii, using a proprietary tool called “Wii Balance Board”. It is called the Balance Board because the main theme of the Wii Fit is to improve overall fitness by way of developing better posture and balance.

How does it work?

The main component of the Wii Balance Board is the four sensors located in the four corners of the Balance Board. Inside these sensors is a strain gauge. Oversimplifying terms, the strain gauge works like a very thin stretch band (aka. “karet gelang”). The slightest pressure would strain the band (bayangkan menarik karet gelang), and a micrometer movement in the strain gauge will then be translated into how many kilograms of weight shifted. Uhm, yeah, something like that. Next!

What’s the deal?

Wii Fit worth considering because, for one, it actually contains meaningful exercises, like Yoga and Strength Training routines (I have not yet nailed the push-up-then-side-flank move). When you create your profile (or “Mii” as it is called in Wii), you will be asked to step on the Balance Board to obtain your initial assessment. The assessment consists of your BMI, and it also tells you which side you tend to lean on (being very unbalanced could worsen your posture). Finally, what is you “Wii Age” (calculated based on user’s user’s current age, weight, and balance).In addition, Wii Fit allows you to set a target (say, reduce 5 lbs in 4 weeks), and logs your progress and your “Wii Fit timer” (i.e., how much time you have spent in Wii Fit). As an added incentive and keep boredom at bay, Wii Fit will unlock new exercises at different points in the “Timer”.You are free to choose your exercise combination from all four of the categories (Yoga, Strength Training, Balance and Aerobics). It is recommended, however, to combine the components from each category.To top it off, you will feel less like exercising and more like playing game. And that, is analogoues to whipped cream on my cheesecake.Do adults really use this? Or is it just for weirdos who exercise using a game?I happened to be present in a living room where a 65 years old grandfather taking turns with his 6 and 9 years old grandsons playing Wii Fit. I did some research and found a couple of people actually doing experiment in losing weight and cutting on body fat. Click here for one experiment example.

Where do you get it?

Alright, this is the catch. Wii Fit is difficult to find at present. US Retailers are only stocking a few of Wii Fit sporadically. If you are willing to pay more than the MSRP, eBay and third party resellers have Wii Fit in stock at an inflated price. I was lucky enough to snag one just a couple dollars more than the MSRP. But this is a classic story with Nintendo Wii game consoles and several of the popular games. It almost seems that Nintendo on purposely does not make enough Wii Fit to meet the crazy demands.

I am still waiting for my nephews to update me on the availability of Wii Fit in Indonesia. I do anticipate that it will be available, probably at around 20% price difference than that in the United States.

Some links to check out

If you live in the United States, and would like to be alerted whenever Wii Fit is available, go to WiiAlerts and sign up there. You will be notified instantly via text message (SMS) and email when the system finds a retailer that carries Wii Fit. A word of warning though, you need to buy it as soon as you receive the alert. The average time it gets for the Wii Fit to be sold out is 3 minutes.

Bottom Line

I’m keeping my Wii Fit! It does require investment in time and money, but I guess I am willing to invest to push myself to be more active. My disclamer though: I am NOT saying that the exercise in Wii Fit would be the perfect substitute of a full blown exercise regimen. However, the first road block to exercising is how to start. I find myself thinking to reactivate my gym membership and getting out my Aerobics DVDs from the storage after 2 weeks doing Wii Fit.

Anybody has an experience using Wii Fit? Do share!

image credit goes to wii.nintendo.com

  • http://www.thepradonos.blogspot.com Wortje

    OMG, lan!!!
    *ngejar2 uber pake sendal jepit*

    Gue kan jadi beneran pengeeennn!! secara males bener masuk tempat2 fitnes itu (serem ama mas2 berotot).

  • DYS

    uberbostonn.. i love Wii.. biasanya maen di rumah temen yg punya.. rame2 gantian.. tertarik bgt ama yg yoga nya wii fit.. yg tenis dan boxing aja uda mayan ngos2an apalg yg wii fit yah! tp malesnya itu ms suka sold out ! temen gw ada yg bruntung pas lwt ga ada antrian lgs dapet.. tp ada jg yg antri dr jam 6 pagi saking niatnya beli utk kado cowonya!

  • Modsquad

    wortje, *uhuk* beli dong *uhuk*.

    DYS, waktu pertama kali beli Wii (console nya, bukan Wii Fit), gue mantengin eBay semaleman nyariin Wii with a reasonable price. Duh perjuangam banget yah. If you ever come again to Boston, kita main yaaaahhhhh!

  • mir@cle

    uberboston, setelah baca artikel ini, gue tambah yakin…buat beli WII FIT!! hahaha.. bukannya tambah yakin olah raga nih :p thanks banget buat great artikel nya yaa..uda gue forward ke suami gue buat nitip dibeliian :D

  • orangeginger

    gue juga punya!! udah sebulan lebih, gue inget bgt waktu awal beli juni kalo gak salah, mau set to lose 5 lbs at the end of june.. tapi oh tapi.. ternyata kemalasan gue mendominasi niat gue.. But I shed some pounds, which i gain back couple weeks later..krn malas itu.. tapi wiifit ini bener2 recommend bgt buat yang males ngegym.

  • vitsky

    Does this mean that we will be seeing some videos of you playing Hula Hoop on YouTube anytime soon? ;-D

  • Lena

    wow, i never even heard of this :surprise:
    tapi gue maleees banget ke gym, dan maleees banget main video game (seumur2 cuma satu game yg pernah gue mainin–where in the world is carmen somebodysomebody lupa namanya).

    BUT, this wii fit actually sounds like something i’d enjoy, cause it seems fun! ada wii polo air ndak? :d

  • loucee

    this thing has been on my wish list since i tried to play tennis & bowling during a friend’s party months ago! (kece2 lagi party kok keringetan) :P

    i’m very determined to get my own next month setelah recover dari kebangkrutan akibat pindah rumah… *sigh*

  • ibu francis

    Hihihi gw juga punya Wii Fit cuma rajin mainnya 1 minggu pertama aja udah gitu gw anggurin 2 bulan lebih tapi sekarang gw udah mulai lagi mainin ngejer target ngurangin berat 2kg mudah2an bisa…gw suka gamenya yg step sama boxing lumayan bikin capek.
    Gw rekomen banget buat yg belum punya, beli deh kagak bakalan nyesel !

  • dunia_dandan

    Cieee… Uber bikin artikelnya. Berarti udah bisa makenya, dong. :lol:

  • dunia_dandan

    Btw, kan ada progran step exercisenya. Tapi board-nya tipis begini? Apa musti ditambahin talenan?

  • http://shizuoka.multiply.com shizuoka

    wah gw blum punya yang ini. tp maen baseball & bowling aja udah cukup melelahkan ko…hehe..

  • http://www.slesta.com sLesTa

    gue baca judulnya langsung tau ini pasti yang nulis si wultje… !!!

  • angel rose

    wah menarik.. gw punya Wii-nya.. udah lama banget gak dimaenin.. kalo di Indo berapa duit yah alat ini ?

  • angel rose

    Dun_Dan, mendingan alatnya ditaroh diatas coffee table, biar nampol stepnya :D

  • Modsquad

    mir@cle, ditunggu di Recent Purchases nya yaahhh hihihihi

    orangeginger, aduh gue juga masih on and off nih main Wii Fit nya. Boro2 ke gym :p

    vitsky, no you won’t see any. Gue masih maluuu kalo main hoola hoop :D

    Lena, seru juga kalo ada polo air huehueheuheu

    loucee, kayanya must have deh kalo buat elo hihihi

    Ibu Francis, kasih kabar lagi dong kalo emang ternyata berhasilll…

    dundan, betul tuh kata angel rose, ditaro di coffee table aja nek, biar puas lo step exercise nya :D

    shizouka, gue biasanya paling cape main boxing sama tennis di Wii Sports. Seru banget tapi :D

    sLesTa, kenapa kamu yakin sekalii huehueheu…

    angel rose, gue belom dapet update lg nih udah ada di Indo apa belom. Mungkin sejutaan kali ya?

  • http://www.heradiani.com hdn

    Kemaren nemenin temen beli laptop di Mangga Dua, dan iseng nanya wii fit ini, thanks to fashionese daily hehe. Harganya Rp 1.7jt. Mungkin bisa ditawar gak tau juga.

  • jess

    aduh mau bgt..di manggdu nya dimana..infonya donk..apa udah sepaket ama gamenya

  • http://www.heradiani.com hdn

    Gak inget yg mana, tapi di mall tempat komputer2 itu, sebrang ITC/Pasar Pagi.

  • theana

    sorry…agak oot n gaptek euy…wii fit apaan ya?

  • http://cheapchicmom.blogspot.com/ CheapChicMom

    Cool siy wii fit.. cuman abis lebaran jadi ndut lagi nih, males ke wii fit lagi nanti dibilang over weight hihi.. but seriously, wii fit works for me :)
    Great article Modsquad!

  • simon

    saya mau tanya nih,wii fit kalau di beli langsung bisa di mainkan gak atau hrs beli wii lagi

  • luvli_girl

    wooow wii fit ky nya ok jg tuuu buat diet ^^

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