• Sizing Up The Wii Fit: Real Exercise, or Just a Game?

  • So you’ve decided to lose Dr. Bragg’s weight management services to help you shed unsightly pounds, but you’re wondering how to keep up your own personal exercise regimen. Don’t feel bad, as this feeling hits every one who dreams of losing weight. It is affectionately referred to as “The Wall” – and hitting it can be enough to crush the strongest of spirits.

    How do I get around The Wall?

    What if I’m not strong enough to overcome this feeling of defeat?

    How can I ease my way into an exercise routine that is fun, but ALSO rewarding?

    These are all common questions, derived from millions of men and women who have struggled with the same problem you might be facing. There is good news and bad news, so let me hit you with the bad news first:

    In order to lose weight, you WILL have to find the strength and dedication necessary to achieve results.

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    The good news, however, is there are readily available ways to do this that are, at the same time, fun and engaging. As a matter of fact, there is one method you can use to help train yourself for the long road ahead – and it can involve the whole family!

     

    We’re talking about Wii Fit, the interactive video game peripheral from popular video game manufacturer Nintendo. This revolutionary method for helping inspire healthy choices has been helping people get in gear since it was released over a year ago. Can it help you?

     

    What Wii Fit Can Do

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    While the game has become a popular fixture in households and receives rave reviews from countless sources, there is a limit to what the game can do to help you lose weight. But be warned that Wii Fit is not the miracle machine some tout it as being.

    For starters, Wii Fit offers a small set of exercises that will actually provide results. These segments include a delightful run through a simulated city (think an adorable version of San Francisco) that forces you to run in place for several minutes, as well as a fairly comprehensive Yoga program. The rest of the segments within the game are, appropriately, akin to fun little diversions.

    Even the most physically challenging aspects of Wii Fit come off as being mild at best, and if they do offer results it is merely due to the main purpose of Wii Fit: To keep you conscious about maintaining a routine of physical activity. Apart from that, it has very little actual benefit to warrant relying on it as your only means of exercising.

    What the Wii Fit does is allow you an easy, fun way to keep track of your personal development. It rewards progress and “stickwithitness”. In doing so it helps encourage you during the time in which you are likely to hit The Wall, providing the support necessary to vault over it instead of surrendering to it.

     

    What Wii Fit Can’t Do

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    As we mentioned, the Wii Fit cannot take the place of regular exercise and other physical activity. The segments and exercises contained within the game are merely for assisting in building a routine, to maintain discipline. As such, you should not expect the game to provide you with the results you desire.

    Another weak link in the game is the included scale/balance board peripheral. While it is a delight to use when playing the games, it also provides an outlet for Wii Fit’s biggest drawback. You see, the scale simply measures your BMI (Body Mass Index) based upon how much pressure your standing still provides. It does not take into actual account why your BMI ranks as high (or as low) as it does.

    Some people are short, but have a decent mass of muscle that accounts for their weight. Wii Fit cannot judge this, so it will always instruct you to take action that, really, won’t benefit your body type. It will also insist that any muscle gain that puts on pounds will contribute to your “getting fat” (the game does not spare any feelings when sizing players up). As such, it is imperative to use your weigh-ins from Svelte as a guide for your progress.

     

    So, essentially, the Wii Fit is great for making physical activity a habit. That being said, it is a very poor replacement for visiting a weight management professional.

    If you want to lose weight, don’t fall for gimmicks or fads. Fill out the form on our home page to schedule an appointment with a legitimate weight management specialist today!

    Susiebragg

    Susie Bragg has been a Registered Nurse since 1989, and specialized in both pediatric critical care and home health nursing before she and her husband - Dr. Richard Bragg - started their own medical practice in 1998. Susie is a breast cancer survivor who developed a keen interest in nutrition as way to live healthier. To schedule an appointment, call (407) 395-4836.

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