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I like Wii Fit Plus

Wii Fit Plus tells me that my BMI is in the ideal range, and that I have the body of a 28-year-old.

(It did not say which 28-year-old.)

(You can guess which New Year's resolution I have been implementing.)

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Fitness

A momentous day: the Wii proclaims that I am no longer obese, having crossed the magic boundary that lies somewhere between 78 and 77 kg for people of my height. Also my Wii Fit age this morning was a sprightly 33 (though that's not far outside the usual range of late 30s, itself gratifying for a 42-year-old; and I once got a readout of 26).

Since recovering from my back problems of early June, I've been doing a Wii session most days before breakfast. I normally do two sets of paired routines from the Yoga and Muscle menus, then one of the rather dull and lengthy Aerobics routines, and finish with a Balance Game, which takes altogether 20-30 minutes. For each menu I start by picking one of the routines I have done least, to ensure variety.

My one complaint about the Yoga routines (and to a lesser extent the Muscle Workouts) is that you can't always see the TV screen to get important information without wracking your neck. Admittedly my habit of doing the exercises while listening to Doctor Who audios means I can't always hear the instructions, which is hardly their fault, but in any case the sound does not always cover for the visuals.

The Balance Games are the most varied and also the ones I am worst at. The very first one, heading the oncoming footballs, I simply cannot do; this morning's rather lousy score of 39 is my pathetic personal best. Likewise the penguin slide leaves my poor little avatar looking rather hungry. (I am bad at the skiing ones as well, but the footballs and fish are more graphic indicators of my poor coordination.) However I love doing the Table Tilt, which seems to play more to my skills.

I see that there is an advanced version coming out in a few months: we will certainly get it. Young F is rather competitive and gloats whenever he knocks me off the top spot for one of the exercises. I indulge him; I can afford to be tolerant.

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Wii and me

Well, it took me a while to get into it, but I have developed a healthy relationship with Wii Fit. Since the start of the year I have successfully established a routine of doing half an hour on it in the mornings - two yoga exercises, and one fron each of the other three categories - and am at the stage which I never came close to reaching during my flirtation with the gym, where I actually get out of bed looking forward to it, and have missed only one day a week so far. On top of that, I think it is actually doing me some good. I haven't lost any weight - that will take some attention to my diet, I think - but I feel that it's better distributed, and working better for me. (In any case my weight is only a shade above the desirable band.)

Meanwhile we seem to have acquired a number of games for the Wii. Young F kindly got us the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix game for Christmas, and has inevitably spent more time on it than we have (I can't get the levitating to work). He is now campaigning for us to connect the Wii to the internet so that he can do Mario Karting with people round the world. No chance.

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AKICILJ - Wii Fit

What is the basic equipment you would need to invest in to enjoy the benefits of Wii Fitness?

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