It’s easy to get active at home!
Like every January, you’ve made some lovely resolutions that include getting back into shape, of course. All that’s left to do is add three or four workout sessions to your already jam-packed schedule. Our solution: get moving in the comfort of your own home whenever it suits you, and with a private trainer to boot. We can already hear you crying, “But I can’t afford that!” Luckily, that’s no longer true, thanks to the new Wii Fit U.
Here’s an overview of our health contributor’s experience with the Wii Fit U.
Although I didn’t need to leave the house, I must admit that it was easy to find excuses to not start working out on the Wii U. Thus, for the first two weeks, all we did was play Mario Bros… to the delight of my nine-year-old daughter. It was hard to get started, which is usually the case with a new workout regimen. At last, one evening, we did the body tests; and I was very impressed with them, since they measured my body mass index and my body’s age based on the results. The tests target our weaknesses and suggest appropriate exercises. All of my family members—myself including—were a good 12 years older than their actual age. This confirmed my need to get moving.
I suggest penciling in at least three sessions per week in your planner, because all you really need to do is set up an appointment with your Wii U to make it a habit. Treat it the same way you would if you had signed up for a class at a fitness centre. But here, you’ll save on travel time, and you’ll be able to plan your own schedule.
What’s the most motivating part of the Wii Fit U? The personal trainer, who will suggest a type of training that is tailored to your needs. I liked the idea of having my own virtual trainer from the start. Based on the body tests and throughout the sessions, he gets to know me and is able to build a program that is perfect for me.
During the tests, you will be asked what your goal is, within a definite lapse of time. Because each workout session is taken into account, you’ll therefore have a comparison point with your previous workouts, which will help you push yourself further. Your BMI curve will also show up on the screen, which is very interesting.
A wide variety of physical activities are available: yoga, dance, skill games, skiing, ball games, and more. There are actually over 70 different activities! It’s hard to be bored and lose your motivation since the assortment is so varied.
What will you need?
A new Wii U console ($299.99), Wii Balance Board, and Wii Fit game.
There’s also the Fit Meter
You wear it on your waist and it counts your activity level. Then, all you have to do is sync it to your game profile on the Wii U and everything will be tallied. Your trainer will then be able to show you what you need to change in order to achieve your workout goals depending on the results. That way, you can work out at home, but also continue your activities at the gym while wearing your Fit Meter and track your steps, how many calories you’ve burned, and all the activity you’ve done outside the house. (Optional, costs $19.99).
What I liked?
Other than the fact that I didn’t need to leave the house, I really enjoyed how varied the activities were. Because on top of yoga, which I am already a practitioner of, I was also initiated to other sports that I had not tried before. I also enjoyed the muscle toning and cardio exercises, as well as the eight types of dances available, including hip-hop, salsa and hula.
So far, this is the best thing I’ve found to start the year off on the right foot.