Exercising in the summer heat can be brutal. It’s already been well into the 90*’s here in Texas and it’s only the 1st of June! Exercising in your own home can be more comfortable, but chances are you’re not going to go buy some big expensive piece of machinery that takes up valuable room space. The Nintendo Wii and WiiFit with the Balance Board is the perfect answer! It’s so much fun to get the whole family involved, or just a half hour by yourself while the kids are napping.
My husband set up the Wii, because he enjoys that sort of thing more than I do. The setup didn’t look hard, plug in a couple of cords, and the Wii was up and running. Syncing the remote, also known as a “Wiimote”, was easy to do, the directions walk you through the process step by step. You can also set up your own “Mii” which is your character in the Wii.
The Wii comes with a game to start you off, WiiSports, which is pretty fun and quite a work out on it’s own. You don’t need the Balance Board for these games, which is nice, if you just buy the Wii on its own. You can play baseball, golf, boxing, and tennis with up to four players with WiiSports.
Setting up the Balance Board to use with the WiiFit game was a little trickier for some reason, but we got it! Make sure to use the extra foot pieces on the board if you play on carpet. We took turns going through a bunch of the games on the WiiFit, laughing at each other and at ourselves. Even B wanted to join in on the activity! There are SO many exercises offered. Everything from Yoga, to balance training, and even aerobics! The game keeps track of all your stats- weight, calories burned, activities you’ve done and your scores. It’s so intuitive, and each day when you first boot up, WiiFit will give you a new test to see if your balance or WiiFit age has improved. You can even set it up to keep track of weight loss and time that you’ve spent exercising. I really like this feature, with a toddler and another on the way I have a hard time remembering what I wore yesterday, let alone calories burned or when the last time I exercised was!
Keeping my weight in check during pregnancy is important to me. I take my vitamins, drink lots of water, and even give into those cravings. Exercise has to be in my routine in order to be healthy for my family and myself. The Balance Board sits nicely next to the TV stand and sort of taunts me to bring it out when I sit my tush on the couch. No gym membership, no babysitters (you can sneak in a fun workout during the kiddos nap time or during the day if your kiddos go to school), and no strangers gawking! I think the Wii and WiiFit with the balance board will be a nice way to exercise this summer in the privacy of our own home while outside it’s a sweltering 100 degrees.
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