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Hey guess what? This is a gamers blog, I know shocking! I also take part in vlogging which is like blogging but with a webcam. :)

Author: Cynthe

Fit for the Wii: 2 weeks later

Posted by Cynthe Thursday January 8 2009 at 12:40PM
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I have been steadily training on my wonderful christmas gift, the wii fit, well almost steadily! My goal was to follow a bit of the program at least everyday with a few more intense days. In 2 weeks I've managed to go for 60 mins only twice, the rest of the days I pulled 34-38 minutes of yoga, strength and some aerobics. I've also failed to train for 4 days. :(

There was one day after my second 60 minute workout that I had to take the next day off because my calves were very sore and hard as rock. As I said before my legs build up muscle very easily and even though I refrain from lunges and such exercises that focus on them there are still a number of yoga and strength moves that will tone those areas. Which is fine, as long as I don't ever use weights or resistance.

Graph time? Have I lost any actual weight? This is the burning question isn't it? ^_^

This is my chart for my body mass index or BMI's progress over the last 2 weeks. As you can see my goal in one month was to get to 23.07 which translates as 135 lbs for me. With two weeks to go this goal which seemed totally realistic now doesn't look so good. I have managed to gain 3 pounds, from 137lbs to 140lbs.

For someone that just does not exercise and certainly never strength train, I think this is a very positive turn. I have been building up muscle tone and let me tell you it does actually show. I have noticed my lower arms, ankles, calves, thighs and hips looking more sleek and toned, I fit better in my pants and even my shirts seem to hang a tad better. It is not a dramatic effect but in so short a time it's a little bit exciting.

Wii fit's main feature is not to actually lose weight or build significant muscle mass but it is to train your balance and posture. And they remind you like every five freaking seconds too! And yes in fact I have noticed that my posture has been a bit better, I am more aware of standing on both feet or even sitting on both my buns equally. I feel stronger and more steady and I don't tend to trip or smack into low tables as much. That may sound funny but I am a naturally clumsy person, tripping and running into solid objects is nothing new.. ^^:; I've only counted one black bruise on a thigh this week, yay!

So now I have another 2 weeks to go before the end of my first goal. I'm sure my Wii Fit will love to lecture me when I fail to get to it, but that's ok. I find that they have some nice tips for people to keep in mind. A lot of them seem like common sense but when you think about it, how often do we actually act on this common sense?

Well that's it for now, laters.

Astropuyo writes:

It's great to see video games being used for health, much like the old nintendo track and field days.

 

Just remember you will gain weight as your muscles improve and a nominal gain is about 6 pounds at 140 for muscle mass.

So don't be too hard on the graph.

Also if your muscles are getting hard after a good work out i suggest you warm up first, standard methods, and take something that reduces lactic acid. It will truly make the experience less grueling and more enjoyable. This is also advice that I personally follow as a runner.

 

Good luck!

Thu Jan 08 2009 2:13PM Report
Quizzical writes:

The standard put out by the US government is that a BMI of at least 25 is overweight, and below that is not.  Of course, by that standard, all but three players in the NFL were overweight, and about half were obese (BMI of at least 30), so the government added a caveat that the numbers might be wrong for people who work out crazy amounts. 

Thu Jan 08 2009 3:02PM Report
Papamac writes:

Very nice write-up.

My wife and I have recently purchased Wii Fit, and we're having a great time with it.

Thu Jan 08 2009 5:47PM Report
fansede writes:

 I wonder if MMO devs will try their hand in ading the Wii...

 

Thu Jan 08 2009 7:22PM Report
Cynthe writes:

Astropuyo, thanks very much for the tips I appreciate it very much, and I will try to warm up more, always been lazy that way. ^^;;

Thanks for the comments guys, fansede that's a good question an mmo for the Wii would be..... Interesting... :) Death by nunchuk?

Thu Jan 08 2009 7:51PM Report
Pelagato writes:

hm... is there some sort of fit game like this one but for PC?

Thu Jan 08 2009 9:17PM Report
cmudd02 writes:

Yourself Fitness for the PC is a good program.  It will actually put together Yoga sessions, not just one pose.  Also adjust exercise program to use your exsiting exercise equipment such as hand weights, steps, stability ball, pulse monitor.  Both the Will and this program have their seperate niches.

Thu Jan 08 2009 10:36PM Report
NotArkard writes:

I don't think you should stress your BMI too much. It's full of bullshit. If I were to weigh 350lbs of pure muscle and be 6'6 I'd be considered obese by BMI standards and at risk for shit like sleep apnea, and high blood pressure.

Staying active is an important part of being healthy, but again, you might end up doing more harm to yourself than good if you stress your BMI too much.

Fri Jan 09 2009 10:03AM Report
Cynthe writes:

I only put my BMI on there because the graph is much easier to look at. I know very well at what weight I should be and would like to be. This is why I am also putting in the pounds so people know where I am. I am also just under 5'4" with a petite frame, it is not like I'm trying to overdo it here.

The BMI is a simple point of reference. ;)

Fri Jan 09 2009 10:25AM Report

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