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.