The Nintendo Wii is a revolutionary game console that allows you to get up and move while gaming. It is also an excellent tool for losing weight. To lose weight using your Wii, you’ll have to get the games that burn the most calories. It’s also helpful to invest in Wii accessories such as the Wii Fit balance board and Wii MotionPlus accessory. Consult with your doctor before beginning this or any exercise program.
Planning an Effective Weight Loss Exercise Program for the Wii
When you’re using a Wii game console to lose weight, you must plan to have a warm up, an active phase and a cool down in your daily workouts. The warm up and cool down should be no more than five minutes long, with the rest of your workout devoted to the active phase. To lose weight effectively, you will need to have a general idea of how many calories are burned during different games for the Wii. If you can’t find the calorie count, you should at least determine the intensity of the games. Choose more intense games for the active phase of your workout, and choose less intense games for the warm up and cool down phases. For the fastest weight loss, plan to work out for at least thirty minutes to an hour, five days a week.
Losing Weight with Wii Fit
Wii Fit is an accessory for the Wii game console that can help you to lose weight. It consists of a balance board and a game disc with activities such as yoga, strength training, aerobics and balance games. Wii Fit Plus also has Training Plus games in addition to the games that come with the original Wii Fit. The calories burned by the games in Wii Fit are measured in METs. A 1 MET activity burns very few calories. An activity with 4 METs is very aerobic, burning lots of calories. While there are no specific warm up or cool down activities in Wii Fit or Wii Fit Plus, you can easily select activities that will work for these phases of your workout. The best bet is to choose an activity worth 2 or 2.5 METs from the yoga or balance game training modes for your warm up or cool down. Then switch to a 3 or 4 MET game from Aerobics or Training Plus such as Hula Hoop, Basic Run, Free Run, Basic or Advanced Step, Skateboard Arena or Island Cycling for your active phase.
Additional weight loss games for the Wii Fit balance board include Jillian Michael’s Fitness, The Biggest Loser, EA Sports Active and Jump Start Get Moving Family Fitness.
Other Games for the Wii that Will Help You Lose Weight
All new Wii game consoles come with Wii Sports a game disc. The disc includes 5 sports games; Tennis, Golf, Baseball, Boxing and Bowling. Of these games, Boxing is the best to help you lose weight. However, if you’re not accustomed to working out with your upper body, this game can make you very sore. It’s best to limit yourself to no more than one or two rounds of Boxing when you’re getting started with Wii Sports. Next on the list of calorie-burners in Wii Sports is Tennis. When you set up your Tennis game, set yourself as two players on one side in a game of doubles. While Baseball, Golf and Bowling don’t burn very many calories, they’re perfect for your warm-up and cool-down phases. You can also switch to these less active games if you start feeling tired.
Just Dance is another Wii game that will help you to lose weight. The dances in Just Dance are ranked by difficulty and effort. If a dance has one star in the difficulty area, it means the steps are very easy to do. Two difficulty stars means the dance is moderately complex. Three stars means it’s very difficult to perform. If a dance has one effort star, the dance doesn’t burn very many calories. Two stars in the effort area shows that the dance provides a moderate workout. Dances with three effort stars burn the most calories of all. When you first start out playing Just Dance, it’s best to begin with the dances with one or two stars for difficulty. You can use the “Warm Up” activity to begin your workout. You can also use dances with one or two effort stars for your warm up and cool down. Use dances with two or three effort stars during the active phase of your workout. Just Dance compares your movements to those of professional dancers, so don’t expect to get perfect scores the first time you play.
Another Wii game that will help you to lose weight is Wii Sports Resort, which comes with a Wii MotionPlus accessory. Wii MotionPlus can help you to play Wii games more effectively by increasing the accuracy and precision of the Wii Remote Control. Wii Sports Resort includes activities such as Swordplay, Wakeboarding, Frisbee, Archery, Basketball, Table Tennis, Golf, Bowling, Power Cruising, Canoeing, Cycling and Air Sports. Of these games, Swordplay burns the most calories. The next best activities for burning calories in Wii Sports Resort are Table Tennis and Cycling. The rest of the activities are best for warm up or cool down, especially Basketball, Golf, Bowling and Canoeing.
Additional games that work with the Wii game console alone include Deca Sports, Dance Sensation and Game Party. Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party for the Wii also requires a dance pad that’s sold separately.
As with any other weight loss program, it’s important to follow a sensible reduced calorie diet to lose weight with the Wii. You can get diet tips and advice for weight loss on WebMD.com.