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Wii can make you fit

Robyn Megary

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Looking for a new way to get fit, but on a loss for time in your schedule? Wii Fit just might be what you’re looking for. If you don’t believe that a video game can offer you a workout that’s worth your time, think again. Since its release in December 2006, Wii Fit has sold more than two million consoles, and there is a reason why.

Liverpool Moores University in Britain was the first to get its hands on the newest Wii games which focus on strengthening the body, balance and flexibility. Scientists at the university tested every game offered on the Wii and came out with some surprising numbers. The first thing you do when you step on the Wii power plate is enter your age and height. The power plate then weighs you and calculates your BMI (body mass index) and you Wii Fit age. Somewhere in your process of an hour-long workout every day, you’ll see your number change.

In fact, Liverpool Moore University said that a person who works out with Wii for two hours a day burns off 1,830 calories a week and loses about 27 pounds in a year. Not only that, but along the way, you’re also toning and strengthening your core muscles and losing that excess flab, all from your living room!

Wii Fit is well worth the effort and you’ll find that you love the many offered workouts. When you begin to feel that the first level gets too easy for you, you can advance to a harder workout and watch your Wii Fit “Mii” build the same muscles you do.

Wii Fit is not something for the gym junkie or body builder, but it is a good workout for the average college student who has time for nothing outside of homework, or someone at home looking to lose a few extra pounds being carried around, without having to haul a backpack.

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Wii can make you fit