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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Is the Nintendo Wii Fit Making the Game Console More Useful?

By Julie Fletcher

The traditional perception of video games as being a pastime of couch potatoes and encouraging laziness is rapidly changing. The introduction of Wii Fit by Nintendo is one significant step to making the games console useful for more than simply shooting aliens or motor sports games. Wii Fit is an exercise game, featuring a range of activities to help you keep fit and healthy in the comfort of your own home, and is taking the world by storm.

The game utilities a special controller known as the Wii Balance Board for interaction with the user. This controller is capable of measuring the user's weight and centre of gravity, and when told the user's height can then work out their body mass index (BMI). Wii Fit then assesses your current fitness through a range of activities and works out your current "Fitness Age". Wii Fit also adds a channel to the Wii Menu where you can easily keep track of your current fitness level.

Wii Fit contains some 40 different activities for you to engage in that are based on four exercise categories. The categories are Yoga, Strength Training, Aerobics and Balance and the variety of exercises available include a range of yoga positions and techniques, traditional strength training such as push-ups and lunges, jogging and hula hoop exercises in the aerobics category and games like ski jumping and tightrope walking in the balance section.

There has never been a more fun packed way to keep fit. Simply buying this game and controller provides everything you need for a decent workout at home, whether on your own or with the kids. - For the best prices on Wii Fit in the UK

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