Next Generation Fitness

I stopped by my friend’s house one afternoon last month. He was the proud papa of a brand new Wii, given to him courtesy of his boss for the good work he does. That was a pretty impressive present, considering my friend works from home, but I guess it is a testament to how good my friend is at his job.

In any case, I decided to give it a try. First some tennis, then some bowling, then some boxing. OMFG, what an incredible workout boxing was. I had just been to a meeting, so I was dressed in a suit. Didn’t take long for me to get shirtless. I was absolutely dripping with sweat, huffing and puffing during an intense three rounds of boxing. I workout regularly, at least once a day, doing strength training as well as cardio, yet I was still incredibly sore in my back and shoulders. Now, I realize that I was probably hitting parts of my body that I might not get to with the stuff I normally do. But still, I am a pretty fit person and I was winded after boxing.

If you have seen the movie “The Island” (which I would advise against), then you have seen something similar when Scarlett Johansson and Ewan McGregor are virtually fighting. The Wii seems to be a step in that direction, and clearly, it has the potential to shape how fitness progresses. Imagine going into a health club and being able to play virtual sports for a half hour. It really is a phenomenal workout.

I found this article on both Newsvine and Digg that Hey_Suburbia posted, it is the result of a 6 week experiment he conducted, and it really supports the fitness aspect of the Wii. His results and experiment details can be found here. Basically, he lost 9 pounds, dropped his body fat by 1.8%, and his waist size shrunk to 31.5” from 34.” (Note: we give him the benefit of the doubt that he is following the honor system.)

The Wii is revolutionary for both gaming and fitness. I am by no means a gamer; in fact, my most updated console is the Super Nintendo, for which I have two games, and probably played for one summer in high school. I am actually thinking about getting the Wii because it will supplement my working out, and it will be a lot of fun.

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One Response to Next Generation Fitness

  1. […] to play with their friends, but rather, because they stay inside with their video games.  With the Wii and games like Dance Dance Revolution, kids can burn calories while they play video games.  Just […]

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