Wii Fit Plus: Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

So you have seen commercials for Wii Fit, and it looks very interesting. I know this for a fact because the commercials are what lead me to purchase the game. I was not able to see a review prior to purchasing, but I do not regret purchasing this game. It is fun for the whole family, and you can stay in shape!

Your own workout routines

With this game, you can create your own workout routines, while setting a goal to achieve within a set period. This would include a mix of balance, cardio, strength, and even yoga games. All of the games, if performed correctly, will burn a set amount of calories. Prior to playing any games, the Wii will ask you to step on the balance board so they can record your height, weight, and BMI. After this is determined, they will show you if you are under, over, or at par with your current weight. You then set a goal, between one week and one year, to lose or gain a set amount of weight. Then they will suggest which workouts would be best for Weight Loss.Your own workout routines

A really fun part of the game are the balance games. This requires you to shift your weight on the balance board in order to maintain good balance and posture. Although these games are really fun, they are difficult and will show you how poor or great your posture is. I have a lot of difficulty on these games, because although I am at a good weight for my height and age, my balance is way off! After doing several balance games along with your body test, you will get a Wii Fit Age. This is how old your body is based on your weight/height and balance. For example, I am 22 years of age and my Wii Fit age is 39. This means my body is much weaker than it should be.

This game offers an excellent way to monitor your weight and your progress. Even if you workout outside of the game, you can track your weight loss or gain and adjust your eating and workout habits if you aren’t seeing the results you want. By taking the body test everyday, you are presented with a graph of your progress. So far, I have lost about 5 pounds within a month of owning the game. They make suggestions such as cutting back on snacking, and eating foods higher in fiber. Overall, this game will improve your balance and strength.

Now that you have seen the good parts of the game, there are a few flaws. Besides the many games, which do burn calories, workout routines are limited to about 20 strength and 20 yoga workouts. Some of these are difficult because they require balance and unless your balance board is on hard flooring, the carpet can make it seem like your balance is off even though it may not be. Don’t get me wrong, the strength workouts such as the tricep extensions do work, because I have been doing them for 3 weeks with great results.

Another flaw is the multiplayer system. There are currently only 9 games in which you can compete against your friends in. I believe that the game would be a lot more interesting if you could have a workout partner, and with them only offering 9 games to play with your friends, most of your working out would be alone. I like to think about going to the gym. It is always good to go with a friend, but can be very boring alone. I am not saying the game is boring to play alone, but if more games were available for multiplayer, I believe I could work out for a longer period of time.

Overall, the game is full of fun and challenges that will have you hooked for hours. If you are anything like me, you will wake up wanting to get a morning workout in before school or work, and think about the game while you aren’t home. It is very addictive and you can lose a lot of weight!