Wii http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/170/all en-US Is the Wii Fit a cheap workout? http://www.wisebread.com/is-the-wii-fit-a-cheap-workout <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/is-the-wii-fit-a-cheap-workout" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2394334698_03d0a6525a.jpg" alt="Work It" title="Work It" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="364" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I’ll be honest, I’m not a fitness nut. I don’t like exercising, it always seems like a chore. But what if it wasn’t? What if it were, dare I say it, almost a game? That’s what Wii Fit promises…but will it pass the test?</p> <p>For the benefit of Wisebread readers who own a Wii (or were thinking of buying one), I decided to put Wii Fit through its paces. Although to be fair, it was more like the Wii Fit put me through mine. Remember though, I’m not exactly a fitness freak. </p> </p> <p><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/j2XYRd28TOM&amp;hl=en" wmode="" quality="high" menu="false" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="355"></embed></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2XYRd28TOM">Wii Fit concept</a> is great; a complete fitness routine that uses the current Wii technology. At around $80, it’s certainly not cheap as games go (although that price does include the Wii Balance Board…more on that later).</p> <p>But here’s the big question…is it really a game, or a fitness machine? Let’s face it, $80 for a fitness machine is dirt cheap. And with gym memberships costing anywhere from $20 - $300 a month (and that’s just here in Colorado), could this in fact be one of the cheapest workouts around? Let’s start with the technology.</p> <p><strong>Here’s a description of the Wii Balance Board (BB)</strong><em><br />With dual sensors that can detect your weight and balance on each side as you exercise to the various on-screen Wii activities in Wii Fit. The board is wireless, and holds the potential of full-body games involving the Wiimote and the Wii Balance Board simultaneously. If you&#39;ve had enough gaming, you can also have the Balance Board diagnose your body mass index. Or not. No word on when these two will launch, or for how much.</em></p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/tn_WBB_0706.jpg" alt="BB" title="BB" width="323" height="198" /></p> <p>So as you can see, the Wii balance board doubles as a weighing scale that actually measure Body Mass Index (BMI), which is a fair indication of just how lardy you are. It’s not always accurate, most body builders have a huge BMI, but for most of us it’s a fair idea of how chubby we are, or aren’t. The board itself is cool-looking, like a scale that went through the Apple filter. At almost 9lbs, it’s sturdy and will take the weight of a 330lb adult. </p> <p><strong>Now, the setup.</strong><br />Like most other Wii games, there’s a setup screen. And in typical Nintendo fashion, it’s cute and simple. I was asked to enter my date of birth and height, and then I stepped onto the BB for a Biggest Loser-style weigh-in. This gave me my BMI - 27.9 (not the 26.53 pictured). Yup, I’m officially overweight.</p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/942009_20080220_screen054.jpg" alt="BMI" title="BMI" width="303" height="170" /></p> <p>Next, I did a balance test. As it turns out, I must have all the balance of a one-legged horse in a hurricane. My actual age is 34, but my Wii Fit age came out at 39. This can be recalculated daily, though, so one plus is that Wii Fit helps you feel younger as you get fitter. I plan to be 18 by the end of the year. Of course, all of this is pseudo science, a doctor or health/fitness expert is really the only qualified to tell you these facts. And this was my first experience of the Wii Fit being what it is…a game. </p> <p><strong>Finally…the workout!</strong><br />First, if anyone is familiar with the way Wii games work, you won’t be disappointed here. It reminds me a lot of Wario Smooth Moves, especially the yoga section which mimic the Wiimote exercises you do in various stages of Smooth Moves. </p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/wiifit_sslg1.jpg" alt="yoga" title="yoga" width="297" height="297" /></p> <p>There are four categories in Wii Fit: balance, aerobic, yoga and muscle. Let’s start with the latter first. Your average yoga poses are probably not going to impress anyone with even a modicum of yoga training. Some of them required me stand and breathe. I could do that one with one hand tied behind my back. Others try to mimic various classic yoga stances, including lunging and shoulder stands (which I passed on…sorry, not ready for that yet).</p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/wiifit_sslg3.jpg" alt="PU" title="PU" width="294" height="294" /> </p> <p>In the muscle workout, there are also push-ups to do and a ton of other muscle-building exercises. It’s not exactly like benching 250lbs though, but your virtual trainer (male or female, you decide) will keep your spirits up. </p> <p>I got most out of breath on the balance and aerobic sections. If anyone has pictures of me doing hula hoops, I’ll pay cash for them. Now. My favorite balance activity was….none of them. I sucked, that’s why. But snowboarding and the table-tilting game were fun, even if they were demoralizing. </p> <p><strong>The verdict. </strong><br />I could get deeper into features like new games you can unlock, multi-player workouts and tailored workouts, but that would take another two pages. Let’s just get to the crux of the matter. Is it worth it? Well, in a word, yes. But is it going to replace your gym membership? Probably not if you’re a regular workout fanatic. </p> <p>Remember, this is $80, and with most Wii games coming in at between $40-$60, it’s a great price for what you get out of it. It’s fun for the most part, and after 30 minutes I did feel like I’d lost the use of my legs and lungs. The exercises are challenging at times, and the interaction makes it feel less like a workout and more like a game. And that, Wisebread readers, was a big plus for me. I really don’t like staring into space while I sit on my rowing machine or ride the exercise bike. It made the time pass more quickly. </p> <p>I think the Balance Board will also serve as a something even more fun in future Wii games. I can already see so many uses for it, including skateboarding/surfing games and those crazy dance games.</p> <p><img src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/41iQxZxxHcL__SS400__0.jpg" alt="fit2" title="fit2" width="253" height="169" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000VJRU44?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisebread07-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000VJRU44">Wii Fit</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wisebread07-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B000VJRU44" width="1" height="1" /></p> <p>But for right now, as a fun workout, the Wii Fit gets my vote. If you’ve got $80 to spare, and want something that will actually help you stay fit, this is a great place to start. If you&#39;d like to pick one up though, you&#39;ll need luck on your side. As with most Nintendo Wii games, they&#39;re sold out in many places but as always, Amazon is usually a good place to start (link above). Don&#39;t pay over the retail price though, if it&#39;s out of stock contact your local Target or Circuit City and ask them when they&#39;ll get their next shipment. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-the-wii-fit-a-cheap-workout">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Needless to say he wasn't happy. And it turns out he's not alone. Several people have reported problems with the Wii remotes, and as my wife recently got one I've also been a little concerned. Fortunately Nintendo is a great company. They have invented a rubber non-slip jacket for Wii remotes, and they're giving them away free to current owners of Wii systems.</p> <p>This comes direct from the <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/consumer/jacket/jacketrequest.jsp">Nintendo website</a> :</p> <blockquote><p><strong>Wii Remote Jacket Accessory Offer</strong></p> <p>Nintendo is now including the Wii Remote Jacket for the Wii Remotes in all new hardware being shipped. For Wii owners who purchased their systems prior to this addition, we are offering to send free Wii Remote Jackets for their existing Wii Remotes. If you would like to request a Wii Remote Jacket, please start by completing the information form below.</p> <p>If you have already submitted a request and want to check on the status of your order, please <a href="http://www.nintendo.com/cpp/orders/getOrders.do"><strong>click here</strong></a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nintendo.com/consumer/jacket/jacket_latam.jsp">Latin American users - Please click here for information for your region.<br /> Usuarios de América Latina - Por favor haz clic aquí para obtener información para tu región.</a></p> <p>Please note, <strong>we will begin shipping Wii Remote Jackets on October 15th, 2007</strong>. Once your Wii Remote Jacket has shipped, you will receive a confirmation email from Nintendo. After that point, it may still take another 5 to 10 days for delivery depending on your location. Please do not contact Nintendo regarding your Wii Remote Jacket order until after that time period has passed.</p> </blockquote> <p>You can also call Nintendo customer service at 1- 866-431-8367. I'm putting my call in first thing in the morning. I just can't get the picture of a smashed widescreen TV out of my head!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nintendo-giving-away-free-non-slip-jackets-for-wii-remotes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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On Tuesday!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/watch-all-the-documentary-movies-you-can-handle-free-online-and-yes-its-legal">Watch All The Documentary Movies You Can Handle, Free Online - And Yes, It&#039;s Legal.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-it-worth-paying-more-for-faster-shipping">Is it worth paying more for faster shipping?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buy-a-drink-get-a-free-whopper-every-single-day">Buy a drink, get a free Whopper - every single day?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/seven-ways-to-get-free-shipping-supplies">Seven Ways to Get Free Shipping Supplies</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Deals and Coupons cushion jacket free nintendo wii non-slip offers Wii Tue, 02 Oct 2007 05:27:08 +0000 Paul Michael 1241 at http://www.wisebread.com Nintendo Wii and Sony PS3 locator http://www.wisebread.com/nintendo-wii-and-sony-ps3-locator <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/nintendo-wii-and-sony-ps3-locator" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000051608714_Full.jpg" alt="playing playstation" title="playing playstation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Running around frantically searching for the Nintendo Wii or Sony PlayStation3? Save yourself some time and hassle by checking out <a href="http://www.xpbargains.com/wii_locator.php">XPBargain's Nintendo Wii locator</a> first. They also have a <a href="http://www.xpbargains.com/ps3_locator.php">Sony PS3 locator</a>.</p> <p>These two pages are an invaluable resource for folks looking to pick up one of the season's hot new video game consoles. The list currently says both PS3s and Wiis are sold-out everywhere... but keep watching those pages. Just today, they posted news of Wiis available at Sam's Club, but they sold out within an hour both times.</p> <p>To help you stay on top of the trackers, XP Bargains can send a&nbsp;pop-up alert&nbsp;to your PC when the trackers update.</p> <p>Finally, if you reeeally need to pick up a Wii or PS3 this season, you can always join fellow procrastinators by searching on eBay.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/greg-go">Greg Go</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nintendo-wii-and-sony-ps3-locator">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-the-wii-fit-a-cheap-workout">Is the Wii Fit a cheap workout?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-times-you-should-demand-a-discount">8 Times You Should Demand a Discount</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-anti-aging-creams">The 5 Best Anti-Aging Creams</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-outsourcing-chores-can-save-you-time-and-money">4 Ways Outsourcing Chores Can Save You Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-clippers">The 5 Best Hair Clippers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping locator PS3 Wii Thu, 21 Dec 2006 05:07:58 +0000 Greg Go 95 at http://www.wisebread.com