The Wii Fit has gained popularity in the past year with the hope that it may help people lose weight. The fitness gaming system might be able to keep players in shape as it offers many types of activities - from running to pushups to yoga - but not if they don't play it.
Although more than 1.5 million homes have a Wii Fit, it has become little more than an exercise fad that will most likely come and go (just like all the fitness gadgets and gizmos they sell on late-night television).
According to this article, few people use it consistently for more than a month.
"I don't know a single person who has bought the game who uses it routinely after a month," said Brian Crecente, managing editor of the popular gaming blog Kotaku. He also stressed that getting results from the game requires dedication and real physical exertion.
Although the Wii Fit is a great marketing tool and a clever way to appeal to gamers that may not exercise, it takes more than a game to change people's habits. It takes hard work. And although the Wii Fit may be fun at first, the novelty eventually wears off and the hard work no longer seems fun.I, personally, may not believe that the Wii Fit will make much of a difference in weight loss or getting people into shape. But it's better than no exercise at all if used consistently with a high level of effort.
If you're going to use the Wii Fit - great! It would be great to see if it makes a difference in our nation's obesity epidemic. Time will tell if it fades away like other fitness fads or if it actually makes a positive impact (as mentioned in the article about the study that will be released later this year).
Whether you decide to use the Wii Fit or another type of sport or activity for exercise, be sure to at least include 2-3 days of resistance training each week to help build muscle, strength and increase your metabolism.
As I mentioned in a previous blog, strength is very important for increased conditioning and a higher quality of life - especially as you age. I'm not sure of all the Wii Fit's capabilities, but it may not have as many resistance training options that you could get with dumbbells, barbells, odd objects or bodyweight exercises.
Just don't forget that making better choices nutritionally will be the key to your success (along with a strong support system and hard training).