I bought Wii Fit today. For those of you unfamiliar with what Wii Fit is, it is a video game for the Nintendo Wii console. Not just any old game though, it comes with a balance board that you stand on and a virtual trainer that leads you through aerobic, balance, and strength exercises. What’s this, you exclaim. A game that is supposed to get one in shape? How can that be?!
Well, much to my surprise, it has an effect. I am sitting here writing this while my leg and arm muscles ache. It feels like someone pulled a Tonya Harding on my calves.
On first use, I wanted to test out the variety of exercises. Before I could jump in, the game analyzed my current fitness level. My ego was chopped to size when my Wii (note: the Wii is supposed to be a kid-friendly console!) told me: “That would mean that your body is a bit weaker than it should be.” According to its analysis, I have the “Wii Fit” balance age of a 38 year old. What! Assigning me an arbitrary number like that is sure to stoke my competitive fire. I must lower that number! What it means, I have no idea but I know it’s marking me as older than my real age.
So I proceeded to exercise. Jogged in place, rocked my hips for the hula hoop, learned a couple deep breathing yoga positions, did push-ups, twists, leg lunges… went down a ski jump, walked a tightrope… enough to accumulate 35 minutes’ worth of physical activity. I failed miserably on every exercise that focused on balance. Hm.
I am looking forward to playing it tomorrow. My video game console is going to whip me into shape!