Video game critics bestowed glowing reviews to Wii Fit, Nintendo’s virtual yoga-aerobics-exercise experience, but is it really a good workout system? The New York Times ran a piece in which four different types of people tested out the game. The consensus was that while Wii Fit wasn’t for serious workouts, it was surprisingly effective as an inexpensive exercise regimen for busy parents and kids.
Users set weight loss or gain goals, and Wii Fit tracks your progress according to the body mass index (BMI) and the player’s performance on each of over 50 different exercises (Wikipedia’s got a full list). The game comes with a sturdy piece of hardware called the Balance Board, which is more or less a Bluetooth-enabled bathroom scale that lets Wii Fit know when you’re doing pushups, sun salutations, or spinning an imaginary hula hoop. (Interesting fact: the Japanese board supports players up to 300 lbs., whereas the “Western” model can support up to 330 lbs.) Read more »