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Kids did show a significant fitness impact when using the Wii

Despite the fact that sales of the Wii are slowing significantly, Nintendo still has a hit on its hands with the innovative console. Anyone who played Wii Sports much the first few weeks or days after getting the console can attest that the games can be a workout.

Once Nintendo debuted the Wii Fit software and balance board, the fitness aspects of the Wii were taken to a new level and the title became one of the most popular titles for the Wii. A new study has been published from the University of Mississippi that looked at the fitness aspects of the Wii on families.

The overall findings of the study are at odds with some of the individual findings. Overall, according to the study the fitness of the family "as a whole" was not significantly impacted by the Wii Fit. However, the study found that the fitness levels of kids who used the system was significantly impacted. Presumably, this is due to the kids using the console more than adults.

The study followed eight families who were loaned Wii systems and the Wii Fit game. The families were tracked for three months with the system, three months without the system, and then for another three months with the system. Apparently, the Wii Fit tests and activity tracking features were used to determine improvements in aerobic fitness, balance, and body composition. These same metrics were measured over five days before the study began to get a base line.

The study found that during the first six weeks of the Wii fit program usage by the family was 22 minutes and after the first six weeks usage time dropped to four minutes daily. You can only headbutt so many soccer balls, so the decline is understandable.

The conclusion of the study was, "Modest amounts of daily Wii Fit use may have provided insufficient stimulus for fitness changes."

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Anyone really surprised?
By Akrovah on 12/16/2009 11:14:45 AM , Rating: 5
"Oh, there's a big surprise. I might have a heart attack and DIE from that surprise."
-Iago, Disney's Alladin

Aside from the small sample size, was anyone really expecting the Wii to actually make a difference in someone's fitness? If they didn't work out before it is not like Wii Fit is going to suddenly inspire them.

RE: Anyone really surprised?
By smackababy on 12/16/2009 11:18:10 AM , Rating: 5
I know of a few people who ran out and bought a Wii and Wii Fit to get into shape. Guess what? They're still fat.

RE: Anyone really surprised?
By Akrovah on 12/16/2009 11:20:59 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I went and got it to. Still 'round-ish'

RE: Anyone really surprised?
By Mitch101 on 12/17/2009 10:36:44 AM , Rating: 5
Same thing happens to people who take Yoga thinking they will get in shape from it. How is standing in an un-natural body position going to get you in shape? Actually Yoga has the highest rate of injury reports. Great for clearing your mind but I dont recommend that as the only exercise routine.

Technically speaking there are only 2 things in the body that burn bodyfat. 1- Normal organ function. 2-Muscle. Thats all. Bone doesn't burn body fat and fat doesn't burn fat.

So if all you do is diet you have to drop your calories way way down to have success.

If you exercise using your muscles then you can burn a lot more calories and can diet without dropping down to starving levels.

Cardio is good but only burns calories for up to an hour after your done. You should not do cardio past 45 minutes or you can start burning up muscle.

Weight Lifting which is Micro tears of the muscle fibers can burn calories up to 48 hours after while your body repairs what you have done. Legs are a good 48 hour calorie burn. If done right and eating right you will gain muscle and subsequently can burn even more calories each workout. More muscle More calorie burn.

Basically Saturated Fat is Bad, Un Saturated Fat is ok in small doses (Needed for Hair, Skin, Nails), Carbs Ok but need to burn them out before you get to bed, Protein cant be stored by the body as fat except when its stored as a muscle. (Runs, Swims, or Flys are the best proteins). Eat protein all day long for muscle repair.

Thats the 30 second tutorial to most of what you need to know to lose weight. Will outline more when my site launches.

Mitchell - Coming in 2010

RE: Anyone really surprised?
By Slyne on 12/17/2009 2:12:37 PM , Rating: 2
Now idea why you got downrated for providing what seems like a sensible yet short explanation of the body's reaction to exercise and nutrition (as I write this, Mitch's post is rated at 1).

I think good behavior in a forum should be to downrate somebody outright for trolling or for posting plainly useless comments, but otherwise you should explain to other readers why you think a post was wrong/uninformative. Otherwise, it doesn't really help anyone.

RE: Anyone really surprised?
By Mitch101 on 12/18/2009 9:30:48 AM , Rating: 2
Thankyou Slyne. I did poke at Yoga which some people who do that might find offensive and did throw in a link for a future site. Not sure why either but it happens.

RE: Anyone really surprised?
By rburnham on 12/17/2009 3:59:51 PM , Rating: 2
I have been running and eating better lately, but that post makes me want to join a gym and pump some iron. Good post.

RE: Anyone really surprised?
By Reclaimer77 on 12/16/2009 11:49:46 AM , Rating: 5
You might be "fat", but if you do the Wii seriously and honestly 30 minutes a day, you WILL have improved cardio. That's a fact.

Weight is a result of caloric intake. Not to be confused with overall fitness. It's not like the Wii can magically make you NOT want those 4 Big Mac's.

RE: Anyone really surprised?
By chmilz on 12/16/2009 12:11:23 PM , Rating: 5
If you seriously and honestly went to the gym 30 minutes a day, it would do a heck of a lot more good than playing Wii Fit.

RE: Anyone really surprised?
By quiksilvr on 12/16/2009 12:27:04 PM , Rating: 5
Yeah, and a heck of a lot more expensive. I'm no fan of the Wii (far from it), but if you had a choice to stay at home and play an exercise game or drive to a gym and pay $180 to join and $10 a month to work out, guess what most people are going to do?

But really, there is just two main simple solutions to cut the fat:
1) Stop drinking caffeine drinks with excessive amounts of sugar (or fake sugar).
2) Stop eating burgers at fast food restaurants. Eat grilled food, not fried food. Have apple slices instead of french fries. Have a salad instead of a piece of pie.

These little adjustments make a world of difference.

RE: Anyone really surprised?
By EasyC on 12/16/2009 12:48:21 PM , Rating: 2
I bought an elliptical machine for less than what a Wii and WiiFit costs. If someone wants to do a comparison, I'll gladly put on 10 lbs and "race" someone with a WiiFit to see who can lose 10 lbs quicker.

RE: Anyone really surprised?
By Hieyeck on 12/16/2009 1:08:53 PM , Rating: 2
What people really should do to lose weight is get a real job, stress alone will do the trick. In the two weeks since Christmas panic, I've gone from 140 to 130 lbs! [/part-sarcasm]

RE: Anyone really surprised?
By Calin on 12/16/2009 1:51:46 PM , Rating: 3
Some people respond to stress by "bulking up", so it isn't working for everyone

RE: Anyone really surprised?
By Mitch101 on 12/17/2009 10:40:11 AM , Rating: 2
Whatever gets you to move your muscles will work. Fighting over which is more effective is useless. Consistently doing either/both will get results.

Working out is a great stress reducer.

RE: Anyone really surprised?
By Hiawa23 on 12/16/2009 3:52:33 PM , Rating: 1
Yeah, and a heck of a lot more expensive.

Isn't your helath worth it? Years ago I bought one of those stationary bikes from Walmart, which was like $60 then, I also have my regular mountain bike which I use, plus I bought my fiance a staimaster years ago which did nothing but collect dust so I took it back & also use that, also bought a weight bench & weights so if you want to stay healthy you can do it cheaply, walking or running costs nothing, & you would get more out of that than the Wii Fit. As far as I am concern your health is worth whatever you need to pay, cause it will cost alot more if you don't stay healthy.

RE: Anyone really surprised?
By Reclaimer77 on 12/16/2009 4:08:54 PM , Rating: 1
Isn't your helath worth it? Years ago I bought one of those stationary bikes from Walmart, which was like $60 then, I also have my regular mountain bike which I use, plus I bought my fiance a staimaster years ago which did nothing but collect dust so I took it back & also use that, also bought a weight bench & weights so if you want to stay healthy you can do it cheaply, walking or running costs nothing, & you would get more out of that than the Wii Fit. As far as I am concern your health is worth whatever you need to pay, cause it will cost alot more if you don't stay healthy.

Man you are so preachy and elitist. Sheesh. I'm SO glad you are living more healthy than a Wii Fit user ( how you quantify that is beyond me ). Tomorrow your healthy ass will get stabbed or hit by a bus. Nice going !

RE: Anyone really surprised?
By Spuke on 12/16/2009 7:14:22 PM , Rating: 2
To be honest, he's being reasonable here. It WILL cost more in the long term if we don't care for ourselves. But nevermind the cost. Being healthy is just a no brainer. I don't know about you but I'd rather enjoy life healthy than get wheeled around in a chair or have my family morning my early death.

RE: Anyone really surprised?
By Reclaimer77 on 12/16/2009 7:21:07 PM , Rating: 2
That's not my point. I just hate his attitude that he assumes he's taking better care of himself than someone else.

I love when people like him get his. At a young age his heart will explode and you'll hear people say " I don't understand ! He was so healthy, he worked out every day ".

You can take all the care of yourself you want in this life. But you are fooling yourself if you think that guarantees you anything. Stop judging other people.

RE: Anyone really surprised?
By Hiawa23 on 12/17/2009 12:24:47 AM , Rating: 2
Man you are so preachy and elitist.

That is nonsense. no one is preaching here & there is no guarantee in life at all, hell anyone of us can walk out tomorrow & get run over. All I am saying is I would rather take preventative care to atleast give myslef a better chance to live a long healthy life, no guarantess, but I would like be able to give my daughter away one day, as she is now 12. No one is being elite anything here. All I am saying is it's cheaper to take preventative steps than not that's all, you do what's best for you. If I offended please forgive me.

RE: Anyone really surprised?
By lightfoot on 12/16/2009 7:05:40 PM , Rating: 3
I bought my fiance a stairmaster years ago...

Didn't actually get married did you?

If you had, the sentence would have been "I bought my wife a box of chocolates years ago..."

RE: Anyone really surprised?
By iDarwin on 12/16/2009 10:07:01 PM , Rating: 2
He didn't get married because he bought the stairmaster...should have gone with the chocolates ;)

RE: Anyone really surprised?
By Hiawa23 on 12/17/09, Rating: 0
RE: Anyone really surprised?
By straycat74 on 12/17/2009 10:18:19 AM , Rating: 3
After you have a child, it really doesn't matter what's "not for ME".
Clue: It's not about you anymore you selfish ass.

RE: Anyone really surprised?
By The0ne on 12/16/2009 1:35:45 PM , Rating: 1
I find people who go to gyms mostly full of show-off, lonely, and pathetic consumers. If you can't honestly find ways to exercise at home or even outdoors without having to drive there and spend money then shoot yourself.

15-30min is not hard. However, if you are serious about staying fit and are watching your diet and such then I can understand. But for the majority using the gyms.../point HAHHAHAAHAH

RE: Anyone really surprised?
By LordanSS on 12/16/2009 2:00:47 PM , Rating: 3
In many cases, people are not disciplined enough to go out for jogging/running every day, or to practice exercises by themselves.

Having someone, like an instructor, following your working out and telling you what machines to use, how to operate them, or what swimming style to use for how long, etc, can be a motivation for those lacking that discipline. Personal trainers, and gym instructors, are there for a reason.

RE: Anyone really surprised?
By xmichaelx on 12/16/2009 7:00:43 PM , Rating: 2
Something tells me you've never been in a gym, or don't know anyone who has. Very unfortunate for you.

By StraightCashHomey on 12/17/2009 12:04:04 PM , Rating: 2
I guess it worked for Rocky in Rocky IV, right?

Heeeearts on fi-re. Strooong de-si-re.

RE: Anyone really surprised?
By Reclaimer77 on 12/16/2009 1:54:56 PM , Rating: 2
Who set the freaking Wii had to compete with a gym ???

RE: Anyone really surprised?
By Cerin218 on 12/16/2009 12:19:15 PM , Rating: 5
My Wii Fit actually called me fat. And then when I didn't work out for a week it insulted me. We haven't spoken since.

RE: Anyone really surprised?
By kattanna on 12/16/2009 12:39:40 PM , Rating: 2
LOL my Wii told me once i sucked so bad at golf it canceled my turn for me.

RE: Anyone really surprised?
By Hiawa23 on 12/16/2009 3:42:05 PM , Rating: 2
I am not round, nor is my 12 year old daughter but she wanted the Wii fit, which I bought for her last month. She has had a blast with her friends using as he is always lugging down to her friends house, but come on, honestly, you need to exercise, I mean do some real exercise everyday to get in shape & stay in shape, & Wii Fit isn't going to cut it for most. Hats off to Nintendo, but Wii Fit seems fun for few hours, seems like a nice gimmick, but I guess is better than nothing.

RE: Anyone really surprised?
By Spivonious on 12/16/2009 11:25:02 AM , Rating: 2
We have Wii Fit, and while it was fun for a couple weeks to go on and see how much better your balance had gotten (and my wife even lost a couple pounds), the various modules in the game lost their novelty and got boring. I can totally understand why 22 minutes daily decreased to 4 minutes daily.

RE: Anyone really surprised?
By Spuke on 12/16/2009 11:41:10 AM , Rating: 2
I used the Wii Fit for about 4 months or so then moved to the EA Sports Active. Been using that for about a year now. The cardio workouts are much better. The Fit does have some decent strength exercises.

RE: Anyone really surprised?
By xmichaelx on 12/16/2009 7:03:10 PM , Rating: 2
Good point -- My physical therapists office uses a Wii Fit for various balancing and strength exercises. This is really what it excels at: Exercise for people who are barely capable of exercising. Anyone else has moved on.

RE: Anyone really surprised?
By themaster08 on 12/17/2009 2:44:36 AM , Rating: 2
If they didn't work out before it is not like Wii Fit is going to suddenly inspire them.

Or do all of the work for them. Merely owning one won't get you fit!

RE: Anyone really surprised?
By aqwan135 on 12/20/2009 8:11:26 PM , Rating: 1

fr ee sh i pp ing

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(air max) $34



Wii Fit Works just like ANY Fitness program
By lenardo on 12/16/2009 12:39:09 PM , Rating: 3
I got WiiFit the Day it came out

2 months later i was 14lbs lighter

16 months roughly later i still have not gained back the weight i lost using wiifit regularly-without using wiifit regularly, just sporatically.

i'm about to restart doing wiifit+ regularly, i still have another ~5-10lbs i want to shed.

Wiifit is just like any exercise fitness program IF you put in the effort you will get Results.

everyone i know that used wiifit regularly got Very Good results.

RE: Wii Fit Works just like ANY Fitness program
By The0ne on 12/16/2009 2:56:48 PM , Rating: 2
This blog news is BS.

IF anyone puts in a SMALL effort to exercise, even just stretching such as what I do, they will lose weight. The problem is people are too fcking lazy to pick it up and stick to it. Add to that the lack of control over their eating habits, this is US after all and of course you'll be heavy.

I love food and sometimes I go overboard, especially when I'm stressed, but I know that I will have to work harder to compensate.

This isn't an issue of Wii or the Gym. It's an issue with the person. When my family got here, we were poor and for weights I used the 1 gallon water bottles. And you people can't find anything to use around the house to exercise with? Even now my dmbass brother is using the gym, with good results, although he has equipments at home. He likes the atmosphere, the attention and the cool-ness of being part of a gym.

There's nothing cooler than walking out of a gym looking hot I guess.

By bigdawg1988 on 12/16/2009 5:57:16 PM , Rating: 2
Bam! right on the head!
Unless the Wii comes with a 250lb linebacker to make you do the exercises you're not going to lose weight any more than if you did anything else. It's the personal motivation, not the exercise itself; although the wii fit may help a little with kids since they like playing the games and don't realize they're actually working out.
THe only problem i have with the wii fit is that you can't hang clothes on it like the exercise bikes and weight benches. :)

RE: Wii Fit Works just like ANY Fitness program
By Griswold on 12/17/2009 6:34:26 AM , Rating: 2
An already healthy and normal fit person isnt going to benefit much from wii-fit. But you could achieve the same by walking more often than using the car and watching your nutrition. Saves you money as well.

Not to mention that a real fitness program will make you lose the same weight (and more if necessary) in half the time. But thats no fun, I suppose...

By StraightCashHomey on 12/17/2009 12:12:06 PM , Rating: 1
You sure have a lot of tension against people that go to the gym. Envious or what?

Weight training is my hobby. I enjoy pushing my body to limits that I did not know that I had. It's part of my competitive nature, and I believe that it helps my mental strength as well as my physical strength.

Home gyms are usually for posers. Most of the equipment you can get has 2 or 3 stations with weight that doesn't do shit for me. Free weights aren't bad, but If I actually put all of things in my basement that I use at my local gym, I would run out space - not to mention I would probably spend a few thousand dollars at least.

I'll stick to paying $10 a month for Gold's Gym instead.

By StraightCashHomey on 12/17/2009 12:13:07 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, this was meant to respond to "theOne"

Study Pool
By R6Raven on 12/16/2009 11:10:06 AM , Rating: 2
The study followed eight families...

Does it require a special degree of some kind to realize that, regardless of the content of the study, such a small pool yields useless results? I recall learning it in several high school classes.

RE: Study Pool
By Iaiken on 12/16/2009 11:20:07 AM , Rating: 5
Nooooo! Next time let me pick the samples... I know 8 people who have lost 10lbs or more because of their Wii...

Think of the headlines!

"100% of Wii users lose 10lbs or more!"


RE: Study Pool
By clovell on 12/16/2009 11:22:19 AM , Rating: 2
Well, as in most research, you have to start somewhere. Results like this get published so you can show your grant donors that you actually used their money for what it was intended.

On a lighter note, I'm sure Nintendo would love for us all to buy Wii Fit Plus six weeks later in order to keep up the momentum.

I bought a Wii
By muhahaaha on 12/16/2009 11:31:38 AM , Rating: 2
I bought a Wii after hearing all the hype and how great the motion controller was.

I played the console for a couple of days but found the motion control to be lacking and constantly screwing up.

The games and graphics were very childish. Needless to say I lost interest in the Wii pretty quick and was lucky to pawn it off on Craigslist for a slight profit.

I'm much happier with my X360 which has real HD and games that appeal to adults. Wii is great for little kids though.

RE: I bought a Wii
By Hiawa23 on 12/16/2009 4:05:36 PM , Rating: 2
P L A Y S T A T I O N 3 DOES IT ALL.......

RE: I bought a Wii
By Marlonsm on 12/17/2009 3:22:36 PM , Rating: 3
I'm yet to see a PS3 game that uses the motion sensor as well as in the Wii. I'd even say that a lot of PS3 owners don't even know it has a motion sensor.

Yes, I know someone will reply to this post like "But the *** game uses it".

By amanojaku on 12/16/2009 11:21:58 AM , Rating: 2
The first is that most people didn't exercise enough. 22 minutes is nothing compared to the 1-2 hour sessions you see people doing in the gym. Particularly considering daily diet and a sedentary lifestyle at home and at work.

Second, exercise requires discipline, which is why most people get personal trainers or go to classes. You need someone to check your form, whether you're lifting weights or running on a treadmill. Poorly done exercise is ineffective. Badly done exercise can cause injury.

The last is that these games are limited in the types of exercises offered. Most people will tell you that after a few weeks of a workout they don't see new results. You have to mix it up a lot and often.

By straycat74 on 12/17/2009 10:31:37 AM , Rating: 2
By Mitch101 on 12/17/2009 11:05:48 AM , Rating: 2
There is some truth to that in Over Exercising can be worse than under Exercising however you still need to exercise.

I made a lot more muscle mass gains when I reduced my hour long workouts to 45 minutes. But it all depends on your goals.

22 min...
By spwrozek on 12/16/2009 11:13:24 AM , Rating: 2
...of exercise doesn't make you fit?

RE: 22 min...
By AnnihilatorX on 12/16/2009 11:40:00 AM , Rating: 2
for one week then no

It's still a video game...
By Motoman on 12/16/2009 11:53:49 AM , Rating: 2
...and video games still tend to appeal more to kids than adults - at least, adults that aren't gamers.

So it seems a bit "duh" that it helps the fitness of kids measurably, but not adults.

The other thing is that, while boatloads of people have bought the Wii Fit - it's basically just a newfangled version of an aerobics exercise VHS tape. You'll pop it in a few times and do it, then get bored with it and not do it anymore. I'm sure the theory was that having it done on the Wii as a game would be more engaging, but still - it's a workout tape.

Now, playing that Raving Rabbids game with your butt...that may be a different story.

headline a little misleading
By glennforum on 12/16/2009 1:09:13 PM , Rating: 2
I think your headline is a little misleading. When I first read it I was surprised to hear that the fitness modules provides little or no benefit.

After reading your article it seems pretty obvious that the fitness improvements are more directly related to the use.

So a better headline would have been:

Kids see fitness benefit from wii, if only the parents would use it as much as the kids then they family would benefit.

blah blah
By swaaye on 12/16/2009 11:30:58 PM , Rating: 2
Hmmm, I just don't know about TV-related action providing a healthy existence. I do know that just going outside for a walk not only is healthy but it also improves my mood because I get to be OUTSIDE. :)

Don't buy into the hype......
By ajoyner777 on 12/17/2009 1:29:52 AM , Rating: 2
I bought a Wii and Wii Fit for my family a couple years ago. It still gets used occasionally, but has not had much of an impact on exercise. Let's face it, people will find the laziest, easiest way to do something, and on the Wii that means doing the least movement possible to get the game to do what you want.

On another note, I hear commercials and studies that say you will live longer if you exercise. It gives people the impression that they will live longer than normal if they exercise. This is completely false. Everybody has a genetic limit on how long they will live, exercising will NOT extend that limit. By exercising and not doing things that harm your body you have a better CHANCE of reaching that limit.

No surprise
By Griswold on 12/17/2009 6:25:23 AM , Rating: 2
Moving a little vs. not moving your body at all is certainly a no brainer. However, if you ask any professional trainer about the quality of the wii fit workout programme, he or she will just laugh at you.

Still, doing something, how little it may be, is better than nothing. However, in my youth (and I'm not THAT old, mind you), we kids already knew computers and consoles, yet we still spent alot of our time outside. That beats anything any console game can ever do for your fitness. I suggest everyone encourages their kids to do just that while they're really young instead of encouraging them to become wii-fat-couch-potatoes.

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