Wii: The Big Surprise!
Nintendo’s come back game console begins with a Mii of you. I had so much fun doing this first step. Especially when a little nephew of mine insisted on his Mii to look like Jesus! No pun intended.
For some time I was one of those quite weary of video games as I associated it with sedentary life big time. My sitting in front of the computer or my books is enough sitting for the day. Not until the birth of the new Nintendo Wii.
The basic package comes with the popular sports games: Lawn Tennis, Baseball, Bowling, Boxing, and Golf. No old joysticks or game pads this time but an ergonomic remote on one hand and a dangly thing aptly called a nanchuck on the other. And this time, at least with these sports games, you should definitely not be sitting. Wii has sensors designed to actually detect actual movements a player does just like a real game!
Though unlike Mickey DeLorezo, I haven’t really measured or taken note of exact weight losses playing it. Nor did I have time to take some serious vitals before of after the games. But I knew my heart was definitely pounding like hell after boxing and tennis. Not so much alike that after a treadmill time but it felt more like after a 30 minute brisk walk. Personally, I think this is a good other way to do daily aerobic workout. And like him, I was definitely sweating!
Here are his personal results after 6 weeks of doing Wii for 30 minutes each day:
Weight 181lbs (82kg) to 172lbs (78kg)
Body Mass Index (BMI) from 25.2 to 24.0
with a two per cent body-fat loss over that period,
and without altering any of his diet.
Not bad at all for a video game. With this at home, one may miss the gym or a nice walk at the park outside under the bright sunshine but who cares, the end result is favorable to us.
On occasions, it can also be a potent ice breaker and a legal upper for parties. It definitely is very attractive to all ages. When the virtual bowling alley is occupied by kids aged 6 years to 77 years old including a recovering breast cancer patient all out to score, that is just awesome!
Other potential health benefits:
Time Magazine says…
“Not only have some gamers started turning the Wii and other similar active gaming consoles into a new form of exercise, but medical researchers are touting their health potential for more than just weight loss. A research team at the University of Toronto is developing a “therapeutic video game” to treat children who suffer from hemiplegic cerebral palsy, a condition that can partially paralyze one side of the body. If the children regularly use their weaker side, their motor function can improve. The problem is getting the children to do so outside of therapy sessions. Active video games might do the trick, thought William Li, an undergraduate engineering student at the University of Toronto who is conducting research at the university’s Bloorview Kids Rehab teaching hospital.”
Even a breast cancer patient was encouraged with the game according to the same article. Much like what I saw myself.
“But weight loss is still probably the biggest
health benefit the Wii will have for users.”
Here are other folks I found who seem to be also raving about it…
As always, it is best to see and talk to a physician first before undertaking any fitness regimen, especially for those with preexisting conditions. As of yet, I haven’t found any relevant evidence based on actual clinical studies besides those quoted above.
As for me, I think this is a truly beneficial home game machine. Which comes with a big bundled surprise, a possible better health as an outcome. When you’re a little lazy, the affirmative motivating sounds on the controllers shall take care of that and you’ll be pounding, hitting, and moving in no time.