So that was your plan Nintendo, spend years making us fat playing your videogames and then reap the profits but providing us with a way to get skinny again. Many of you may know I have a habit of getting a little obsessive with weight loss games, I create some sort of competition, work my arse of to ensure I win and then spend a few months piling the pounds back on. I am currently back to about 240 pounds, am feeling very lethargic and have started getting heartburn, this is not good. Over the course of the next few months I will be sticking to a calorie controlled diet (between 1500 and 2000 per day) while utilising the various tools provided by our beloved Nintendo systems.
The plan is to start with 4 weeks of Wii Fit moving onto 4 weeks of Wii Fit Plus and finishing off with the 30 day challenge provided by EA Sports Active. I will update this thread as many times as possible, hopefully daily and will end the month with a review of the title I have been utilising. I may also throw in some bonus reviews of things like Cooking Guide on the DS just for kicks.
I have found a good resource called Wii Fit Routine which I will be using to put together a routine based on weight loss and will see how that goes, I will be starting my first workout tonight and will post the routine here. I was planning on doing Wii Fit Monday, Wednesday and Friday while doing a 30 minute run Tuesday and Thursday giving me the weekend off.
Feel free to comment below, provide any tips you may have for working out or dieting and feel free to join in if you fancy losing a few pounds yourselves.
Haha, I remember the Wii Fit contests you used to hold I only seemed to lose about 5 pounds overall when I competed in them, but since then I've lost more than 20 pounds. I'm not sure what changed, but I can't complain
Good luck! I'm not sure I have any good tips, over the years I have found my own exercise routine that works well for me. Just remember you're doing this for your health, since a healthy body is a happy one that will be better prepared for the upcoming years in life.
Lose weight? I'm trying to gain muscle mass! Although to do that I probably have to hit the gym more often that once a week.
And I guess the best tip I could give you besides not drinking sugary drinks is try to not consume empty calories. I think too many people put emphasis on how many calories you put in, instead of what type. In the morning, something like whole-grain wheat and egg whites or pasta can go a long way in energizing your body. if you do that, and adequately burn those calories, you'll have more energy in the long run.
Good luck! I've found cutting down (not cutting out) carbs helped me immensely. For starters, use wraps instead of bread for sandwiches.
Though one thing about your OP is a head-scratcher. I'm not sure I understand the four week of Wii Fit followed by four weeks of Wii Fit Plus...they're essentially the same thing (with a few new workouts/mini-games thrown in). Why not just do eight weeks of Wii Fit Plus and change your routine every two weeks or so?
Tricep Extensions - 20 reps each leg Deep Breathing - 2 minutes Palm Tree - 2 minutes Single Leg Twist - 20 reps each leg Super Hula Hoop - 3 minutes Free Step - 10 minutes Penguin Balance Game Ski Jump Balance Game X 2 Sideways Leg Lift - 20 reps each leg Triangle
Comments Well its like returning to an old friend, I spent so much time playing Wii Fit that returning to it was like second nature. I really enjoyed myself and although I didn't find anything too strenuous I did break a little sweat. Wii Fit is really good software and even though games have taken the ball and run with it I still don't know if anything really surpasses it in terms of presentation. I do have my peeves and some are quite obvious but I will keep those to myself for a future update.
Nice, I used to work out with Wii Fit Plus pretty regularly, but then my Wii started acting funny with the 'system files are corrupted' message every time after playing. Still it's not so bad as I haven't put back on any of the 40 pounds I've lost since I started back in 2008!
25 minutes interval training (walking then running)
5 minute walk 90 second run 90 second walk 3 minute run 3 minute walk 90 second run 90 second walk 3 minute run 5 minute walk
I had so much trouble getting up for my run this morning, I don't know what it is but the thought of going out running just makes me want to stay in bed. The problem is running is one of my favourite things to do, I love it. I feel so good getting out in the morning getting some fresh air and a bit of exercise and of all the things I have done in the name of exercise running is the thing I always come back too. It really sets me up for the day and fills really gets me feeling energetic all day.
I really need to find a way to get rid of this preconceived notion that running is the last thing I want to be doing when I wake up, I think this will be key in actually sticking with it and making it a lifelong passion.
As a sidenote I am using a running program produced by our National Health Service that aims to get you running 5k non stop after just 9 weeks. Due to my previous running experience I have started at week 3 as the first few weeks seemed too easy and today did to an extent but its probably best to start of slow and build up gradually. for anyone interested the podcast can be found here, it tells you exactly when to run and when to walk which is great as I usually just run until I am exhausted ands then walk home feeling defeated. This podcast splits it into easily manageable goals and you actually feel like you accomplished something rather than being beaten.
You know, I need to get back into some sort of workout routine. A few years back I went from 225 o 180 with a workout called Power 90. I actually did 3 days of cardio and 3 days of lifting weights. Something happened and I stopped completly after almost 2 years of working out.
I am only about 205 now, but I need to really to tone up as well as lose weight. Power 90 was pretty hardcore, I want something that will make me sweat, but at the same time not so hardcore, at least until I get back in shape. So, how is Wii Fit in this regard? Will it make one sweat? To properly lose weight you have to get your heartrate up and the workout should be at least 30 mins or longer. I know at first I may not be able to handle 30 mins of high intensity workout, but I can work my way up to that.
ugh.... I just did the workout room for the first time in probably like 2 years. I had to put like no weight on the machines. And then i walked 2 min, ran for 5 min, and then had to walk again.. and then my workout partner (who I tagged along with) was done with his stuff so I could leave. And then I feel lightheaded for the next half hour... maybe I do have low blood pressure like the health check lady at work mentioned...
But I need to do this a couple more times before Tues, when I signed up for an hour with a tennis ball machine! I probably shouldn't have done that... I haven't played tennis in like 5 years. But the opportunity for a ball machine (that I've never done except in Mario Tennis) and to try a clay court was too much to pass up, who knows when I'll have the chance again! I just hope I don't knock too many balls out of the court....
I think my biggest problem with exercise is motivation. I can always find something "better" to do.
I exercise quite often. I was a D1 athlete and at that time working out was like a job. Squatted 650 benched 480 and could pull a 395 power clean with very good form. Heavy lifting like this sucks after doing it for so many years, especially since I also racked up 7 different surgeries while playing. Always hated gyms, being a big guy and lifting large weight u get a ton of people talking to and asking what you bench and such. I'm seriously INTP and can't stand this.
Now I do mostly bodyweight, kettelbell and recently started some yoga. My body feels much better than lifting heavy all the time. I'm also certified personal trainer and have worked as a strength and conditioning coach.
So I am pretty knowledgeable when it comes to exercise. I think wii fit is a great starting point for people who don't exercise regulary. It can seem a little more fun which is always a plus and is pretty easy othe body in general. People either over do it or don't do enough. Over doing it can lead to never wanting to work out again. As you progress you will probably find you will need more than just wii fit.
Also I'm a huge advocate of bodyweight exercises. It makes no sense that people want to jump into weight training when they can't properly handle their own bodyweight. So here I think the wii fit is a great option.
Shoulder Stand 2 Minutes Torso Twists 3 Minutes Sun Salutation 2 minutes Super Hula Hoop 10 Minutes Football Balance Game 2 Minutes Super Hula Hoop 6 Minutes Tilt Balance Game 2 Minutes Warrior Pose 2 Minutes Deep Breathing 2 Minutes Tricep Extensions 2 Minutes
I really enjoyed Wii Fit again this morning, I always forget just how much fun this game can be. The weight test told me I had lost 3 pounds since last time so that a bonus (I understand water weight etc..).
I had a bit of a fail moment last night and ate some corned beef pie that was sitting in the fridge. I feel sometimes that by staying up late I am bound to get hungry at some point after dinner and eat again so maybe I should be going to bed a little earlier than midnight, its these late night snacking sessions and probably bordom eating in work that contribute most to my putting on the pounds. Does anyone have any tips for staving off the hunger pangs?
Time for a bit of user interaction if anything to stimulate the comments, how many of you here regualrly exercise. If you don't why not? do you find a lack of time to be the cause or would you just rather be doing other things? For people who do exercise do you prefer going to the gym or would you prefer more outdoorsy pursuits? I also wonder what people who regularly exercise feel about tools like Wii Fit, do you feel they are a good starting point for people who don't exercise regularly? are they a good replacement for using the gym or should people just suck it up and get outdoors or to the gym?
I have decided to start making these weekly as daily is a bit much. The diet didnt go so well this week but it wasn't terrible although I did stop counting the calories. I kept up with the exercise though and did 30 minutes of Wii Fit aerobic exercise on Friday and another run the same as above on Thursday. I have decided that this isn't enough though and I have been making some mistakes. I have been targeting weight loss with Wii Fit which has meant doing a load of aerobic exercises but I feel I am getting this from running so I will be focusing on strength with Wii Fit. This means upping the running to 3 days a week Monday, Wednesday and Friday and doing Wii Fit strength training Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. I will begin running tonight and I will see how it goes this week.
To answer Gamewizard I have not been getting much of a sweat with Wii Fit, i would call it more clammy than anything, hopefully using it for strength training and not aerobics will change that though as the plank is a bitch and I am not good at push ups. Thanks to all the people above for your support too, hopefully this will yield some results. I have kinda decided to go for P90X when I am finished with EA Sports Active in October and am hoping that this will at least provide a little fitness to make it hurt a little less.
To end this on a positive note though 5lbs down week one so thats something to be happy about.
Thanks for the input. Since it has been 2 or 3 years since I really worked out hard, I definatly want to start with something slower, but at the same time, I want results as well. I think this will be a fun way to work myself up to doing the Power 90 again....which really made me sweat....ALOT! I hope the Wii Fit makes me sweat a little and I am sure it will since I am pretty much out of shape...hell on these really hot days, just walking to the car makes me sweat...but Ive always been a sweater though, even when I was really young.
Just remember, if you are serious about losing weight, you have to being working out to the point where you are sweating.
To anyone out there trying to lose weight, don't worry about counting calories. Seriously, its all a waste of time and will bring you down more than anything else. Just make sure to eat the right foods, plenty of fruits and veggies, lean meats like turkey, tuna, chicken, along with lean cuts of beef. Try to drink 1% or skim milk. I know alot of people find it hard to drink anything less than 2%, but for me I hate whole milk and 2%...in that case drink the 2%. Go for whole wheat bread, but still not too much. Lots and lots of water. Seriously, if you eat this way, you do not have to count calories and I always ate as much as I wanted and still lost weight, and one day a week I would treat myself to anything I wanted, but over time I honestly got addicted to healthy eating and I didnt desire the foods that are bad.