Play With Your Wii And Get Fit?!
The Wii phenomenon is pretty interesting. Whoever said playing computer games is a non healthy alternative to being outside having a kick about or a run around the park?
The Wii is making people move. So what’s the next logical step here? Yes – the Wii Workout.
Zander Urquhart, 32, is a personal trainer from Glasgow and is taking the Wii Workout to the next level. After observing his client’s son playing with the console he figured he could probably make a buck or two out of it.
Zander initially targeted kids – but soon realised adults were just as keen. He said: “It’s been great for adults coming back from injury and for OAPs.”
Zanders is now using the Wii as an exercise machine for his clients. Four people at a time can exercise using the Wii’s unique motion sensitive controller to mimic sports aparatus such as a tennis racket, baseball bat, golf club or boxing gloves.
In an average 12.2-hour gaming week, Wii players can burn 1830 calories – shifting 27lb a year.
A Nintendo UK spokesman said: “We’re not aware of anyone else doing this but it shows what the Wii can be used for.”
(No…but I bet they are now realising the further goldmine they are sitting on?)
According to statistics released by Food Magazine, calories burned using a Nintendo Wii for 15 to 20 minutes compare favourably with other forms of exercise.
Aerobic dancing – medium intensity, equivalent to jogging – 130
Cycling on flat ground – 125
Playing golf – 100
Playing tennis – 140
Playing football – 140
Are you going to the gym tonight? Or staying in to lose a few pounds on the Wii?