A Wii Bit of Fitness Goes a Long Way

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

As obesity rates continue to hit all-time highs across the nation, retailers such as Nintendo are finding new ways, to make exercise more fun for both young and old.

It's called the Wii Fit, and it's only been on the market for a couple of weeks.

However, one local family is already seeing dramatic changes by incorporating a little fun and games into their workout plan.

Imagine getting a full workout, from the comfort of your living room. Complete with a virtual trainer, that can coach you along with exercises, like torso twists.

The virtual trainer then tells you, "Great twists, I'll bet you can feel your muscles working".

That's just what Peggy Sue Durbin and her daughter Lexi found in the Wii Fit game. Peggy Sue says it offers a little more excitement, than what she was getting at the gym.

"It kind of gets monotonous just staring there at the same things, the same people. We're all there at the same time, doing the exact same thing," Durbin said. "Whereas with the Wii Fit there's a lot of different things you can do.

Things like taking on a ski slope, brushing up on your hoola-hoop skills, taking in some Yoga, or even taking a virtual jog through the park.

"Oh, I'm way back there," Peggy Sue says to her daughter as Lexi jogs past her in the virtual park.

But Peggy Sue says it's something she and her daughter can do together, to improve their fitness.

"I don't think they really realize how much energy they're giving and how many calories they're burning," Durbin said.

"It's really fun, and I usually come down and do it instead of going outside it's a lot more fun," Lexi Durbin added.

Even though it may seem like all fun and games, the game offers a serious focus on fitness. It takes your weight, gives you your BMI, helps you set fitness goals, and offers nutrition tips.

"Train every day and keep aiming for a toned waistline," the Wii Fit trainer tells the Durbin family.

And the advice seems to be working for Peggy Sue.

"Twelve pounds, it's been almost two weeks. It's been a lot of fun," Peggy Sue Durbin said.

Fun that's broken a sweat, shed some pounds, and changed her outlook on working out. "I think my gym membership, I won't be renewing," Durbin said.

So far doctor reviews of the new game seem to be mixed. Some praise the game for making working out fun, while others, knock the game for using one's BMI to calculate their overall fitness.

The Wii Fit costs about $80.00, that is if you can find one. Most local stores have been selling out of the game, as soon as their shipment comes in.

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