Gaming consoles aren’t just entertainment sources for children anymore. Depending on which console you use, they can provide entertainment for the entire family.
The intent of today’s article was to provide you with an overview of some of the features each of the top three gaming consoles possess that can help us to get fit, but I quickly realised that the Nintendo Wii deserved an article of its own. Although the Wii console doesn’t offer progressive graphics, it definitely takes first place with a comprehensive fitness solution.
When your tennis match gets cancelled or it’s raining too hard to go for that walk, you no longer have an excuse not to exercise! For those who aren’t comfortable working out in front of others, gaming is a fun, interactive way to start getting in shape in the privacy of your own home.
Gone are the days of the regimental fitness DVD’s … physical activity can be fun.
For those who aren’t familiar with the Wii gaming consoles, you must have a Wii console in order to use the Wii Fit balance board. The most recent version of gaming software called Wii Fit Plus, incorporates all of the old favourites and now offers fitness management tools. Exercise options range from yoga to aerobic workouts and because the balance board is able to read movement, many of the original exercise programs don’t require use of the hand-held controller. You can even hula hoop your waistline into shape.
The Wii Fit Plus allows you to set personal goals, measure and track BMI, calculate required caloric expenditure based on caloric intake, track weight loss/gain and it provides each user with personal activity logs that are password protected for privacy. There are videos and an abundance of visuals that demonstrate exercise routines and positions, and if you elect, can even create your own personal virtual trainer.
Not everyone is attracted to traditional exercise, so forget about buying the balance board and Wii Fit Plus and grab yourself a Zumba game and remote belt! The workouts range from learn how to Zumba to advanced, so have no fear if you’re new to the dance craze. No remote’s in hand are needed, but a remote belt is worn around your lower mid section and movement is measured from this point.
If Zumba is too exotic for you there are tons of other dance favourites, whether it’s Abba that gets you moving, the Black Eyed Peas or Nickelodeon dance for the children, there’s sure to be something you’ll enjoy.
Until next week … techno fitness for fun.
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