Wii Fit U Review
|January 8, 2014||Posted by Carrie under exercise, fitness, product review|
(Disclaimer: I was given the opportunity to participate in a Wii Fit U Review and challenge from Nintendo. All the equipment was provided to me. I was not required to write a positive review, all opinions are my own).
I was invited to participate in a challenge sponsored by Nintendo. I was so excited. I’m always looking for good home workout options and utilizing a gaming system that my family could also use was a great idea. I had some experience with the Wii Fit from the original Wii system and was excited to try the WiiU version.
The best part about the whole program is the Fit Meter. This little device clips easily at the waist band of whatever I’m wearing.
I wear it all day long and even clip it on my pj’s because I’m walking all over the house and I sure want to count those steps! Many days I surpass 1,000 steps at home before I go to work and that’s not including a workout! Lot’s of running around is involved in my mornings!
The people at Nintendo put together two workouts for me. One is about 30 minutes, the other is an hour. I’m not the biggest fan of the workouts. I want to move more quickly through my workout and I feel like the 20-30 seconds for the next movement to load on the system feels like forever to me. Maybe I’m just impatient, but I also typically only workout for 25 minutes in the morning, so it’s hard to have any downtime in that workout.
I love the strength training moves in the game. I’d like to program my own workout that is all strength – maybe I’d do that more often.
I LOVE the FitMeter. I love that all of my steps get counted. I love that my kids ask how many steps I’ve taken for the day. I love that we talk about the steps in terms of ‘activity’ for the day and how being too sedentary isn’t good. It’s not really about ‘exercise’, just about being active and that all activity is good.
As a group challenge, the bloggers participating are doing the Walking Challenge circuit of Hawaii where the WiiU will take our daily steps and march us around Oahu – 133 miles. We’re doing the Altitude challenge of the Grand Canyon – an ascent of 7,200 feet.
I love that my husband and I went to Las Vegas during the challenge and I racked up 20,000 steps two days in a row.
Most days I’m managing to get in my 10,000 steps. I’ve found that just walking for 45 minutes on my lunch hour plus all the sporadic running around in my day is enough.
I love that I work in a really hilly location and my lunch time walks get me a lot of elevation credit towards the Altitude challenge. However, I’m shocked at how my gnarly, hilly walk only gets me 250ish elevation feet. The hills by my work are brutal!
Ok, so I’m really competitive. Give me a challenge and I’m going to set my mind to kicking some butt. I can’t always see where everyone else is in the challenge, I think the system logs you out of the Miiverse after a while. When people are logged in, I can see their Miis scattered around Hawaii. At last check, I’m at 114 miles in the last 4 weeks. :-)
If you have experience with the Wii Fit on the Wii, you’ll see the similarities to the WiiU. There are yoga programs, strength programs and games that give you a workout without realizing that you’re working out. Try the hula hoop game for a good one!
Nintendo doesn’t claim to be a fitness program. This is a great option for getting active in a fun way. The FitMeter is an excellent device to encourage you to get more movement into your day. I know I need to do that on work days for sure when I sit at a desk for 8 hours. On Tuesday this week I think I hit a huge goal of over 20,000 steps on a work day! That didn’t even count my activity of my 20 minute strength workout.
Overall, there’s a lot I want to explore with the Wii Fit U. I know that it’s not an inexpensive workout option, but if you are looking for a gaming system for your family, this is a great option to also encourage activity. With the purchase of a FitMeter, you can download the Wii Fit U software for free. The FitMeter is about $20.
Do you count your daily steps? What do you think of a gaming console as your workout option?