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Ditch the gym and buy a Wii?

Are you planning on using the Wii-fit to lose weight and increase your cardiovascular fitness? If you are, it may be time to think again.

A recent study of 10 women aged 30-58 conducted by the University of Queensland, found that using the Wii-fit for 30 minutes twice a week for 10 weeks did not significantly improve cardiovascular endurance, mobility, weight loss or overall wellbeing. The study did find that using the Wii-fit significantly improved balance and lower limb strength of the participants.

Take home message

Increased physical activity is beneficial to good health and can help an individual lose weight and increase their fitness. However, I would not recommend that the Wii-fit be the only exercise an individual engages in, as there are more effective and lower cost exercise routines available. If you would like to give Wii-fit a try I recommend you use it in addition to a well structured exercise routine.  Based on the University of Queensland research, balance and strength training games are more likely to yield the best results.

– Chris Vavakis

 

Reference:

Is the Wii Fit™ a new-generation tool for improving balance, health and well-being? A pilot study

J. C. Nitz, S. Kuys, R. Isles and S. Fu
Climacteric
October 2010, Vol. 13, No. 5 : Pages 487-491

 

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