Wii Fit - Two Weeks In

You may remember from my initial observations on the Wii Fit that I set myself the goal of losing 2 pounds in 2 weeks.

I ran the body test again today and I'm down 0.9 pounds from that initial weigh-in value. Wii Fit tells me my body weight is likely to fluctuate by up to 2 pounds during the day, so I should always weigh myself at the same time each day. I remember that for next time. My BMI is slightly less (25.36) but I'm still quite a way from the ideal value of 22. The good news is my Wii Age is down to 49 (minus 5 years from last time, and 2 years below my actual age).

The Wii Fit divides the exercises into four categories:

  • Yoga
  • Strength Training
  • Aerobics
  • Balance Games

So far I've been mainly concentrating on the balance games (which are mostly fun) and the running and step exercises from the Aerobics section.

I've now got to the point where I can do the Ski Slalom and not miss any gates, but I'm still only at 2 stars (amateur). Obviously I've got to just go down the hill faster but it's going to take a lot more practice.

For the running (which doesn't use the Balance board -- you just stuff a Wii remote in your pocket), I've tried them all. I actually like the Island laps the best because you can run on different courses if you rush ahead of your guide at different times. You then get to follow one of the two dogs. I love the different sound effects as the surface you are running over changes. I appreciate that every other Mii out there is running slower than you. Watching a Mii trip over is funny the first time. Then it gets old.

Over the weekend, when we got the Wi Wireless connection finally working, Duncan imported a load of new Mii's. It was cool to see Mii Darth Vader running the other way when I was exercising earlier today.

I find that the Free Lap running gets boring. It would be nice if you could vary the course. If you can do this, I haven't worked out how yet. It would be nice if other things varied too. Like the weather. Running in a snow storm would be "interesting". I suspect the Wii doesn't have enough graphics uumph (to use the technical term) to do this.

After Duncan and I tried the two person running, I tried it by myself. I put two Wii's in my pockets, one on either side). Strangely enough, the second Mii (controlled by the right-hand Wii remote) lagged a long way behind the other one. I'm not sure what that's telling me. Maybe that my body is very unbalanced when I'm running.

My aim now is to start doing some of the strength exercises (particularly for the abs), and to learn how to do more of the yoga exercises. I'm a complete beginner in this latter category, so I'm still on the very simple positions.

The novelty hasn't worn off yet. Two weeks in and I'm still having fun.

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