When I was in sixth grade kids my age suffered the horrific Nintendo Thumb injury. Usually it came from pressing the A button on the NES controller so many times to help Mario get coins and jump on Goombas and Koopas. The right thumb would become inevitably sore, keeping millions of children from being able to properly write.
Fortunately I was left-handed, so I didn’t incur the complete wrath of Nintendo Thumb. But I still managed to spend a lot of time sitting on my butt and “wasting my time” playing video games.
Well, I’m in the middle of Week 3 in my Wii Sports and Wii Fit Plus adventure, and I must say it’s pretty awesome. This after I was ready to throw the balance board at the screen one week ago. (I guess you missed all that.)
I grew so ill of my female trainer – with her washboard abs and her “You seem a bit stiff” comments. I repeatedly made rude gestures at her and also at my daily Body Test results. I felt like Wii Fit was saying “Hello, Miss Fatty Fatterson, why aren’t you losing anything? Why did you gain weight from yesterday? Why don’t you get off your butt and do something?”
I got sick of the same exercises. Hula-hooping and Advanced Step and Island Cycling (which uses no actual cycle, but your feet stepping in a “pedaling” motion on the Balance Board.)
And I got sick of it. So yesterday I decided to add some variety to my workout. I went out and bought something like this Wii Ultimate Sports Pack (only without the driving wheels) and suddenly, I was in business. My wii remote could become a golf club, a tennis racket or a baseball bat with just a few adjustments.
Although I pretty much sucked at the other two sports, I was rockin’ at tennis. Fwap! Fwap! Fwap! Winning games, increasing my score and edging up to pro. I also added my activity time from playing tennis to my Wii Fit Credit balance. (I still don’t know the point of the Wii Fit Credits on Wii Fit Plus. Can we trade them in for a sports bra?)
Anyway, to make a long story even longer, I have lost weight and my BMI has reduced since I started. Not as quickly as I would have liked it to have, but isn’t that how it always is?
I don’t think the Wii Fit/Wii Sports is the ultimate replacement for actually getting out and being active, but if it can get someone of the Lane-Bryant-shopper persuasion like me to get off my butt and get moving, that’s got to speak for something.