Does Wii Fit work?

GR: After years of experience, do you take offense to the game calling you a newcomer?
Sally: Yes! Totally!

GR: How do your feet feel about the Board after the exercises?
Sally: It just seemed weird that you had to stay in one spot trying not to wiggle or get off. On a mat, it’s totally different. You don’t always have to stand shoulder width apart for every asana [pose]. Some change with foot distance… so it was a very strange feeling. Also, it’s alright in class to play around with the pose. Sometimes you have to fail and surrender to the pose to know what body part has to work on it next time. It’s part of the process.

GR: What about the music? New Wave-y enough?
Sally: Don’t remember it at all (and I love music). It could be more ambient and relaxing with more bell tones. Maybe more India influences, although I’m sure that would drive people nuts. But it could be better.

GR: You saw how Wii Fit emphasizes taking your time and working out properly. On the other hand, the “game” aspect rewards you by the time you’ve spent playing with new, unlockable exercises. Is there a danger to that reward system? Or is that a healthy incentive to keep playing?
Sally: People could push themselves and possibly injure themselves. Even with DVD’s, it’s better to have an instructor there to help with proper alignment with the pose. The whole game concept is very weird to me.

GR: Would you recommend these exact poses for children?
Sally: For kids, I’m really not sure about any of it. Older kids, yes. And adults too.

GR: Does Wii Fit do it for you? Would you play it again? Or would you tell Nintendo to suck it?
Sally: No. No. And yes on the suck it part!

Namaste, readers.

May 23, 2008


  • gishstar - October 5, 2011 7:09 a.m.

    I realize this article is a little old. Thanks for sharing this information. My job has recently become more stressful and I was thinking of using my Wii Fit for Yoga to calm and center myself. I figured there was going to be some differences between real yoga and Wii Yoga, I just didn't know how beneficial it was going to be relaxing-wise. I think the Yoga instructor is correct in saying that when you learn yoga, it's an experience that a computer just can't measure. However, one thing I will share about is the Wii Fit Age. While it's encouraging or discouraging to see the age on screen, the board is just a computer taking measurements. Think of it like a really expensive leveler. All the board is measuring is your ability to correctly perform the tasks, in the way it wants you to perform the tasks. It measures your speed, and you body and eye coordination (which can dwindle as you get older), and your balance (which can also decline with age). I'm not a doctor, but I think we all agree that as our Grandparents aged, their physical and mental agility doesn't exactly improve over time. Unless they're committed to keeping their minds and bodies agile. If you're unfamiliar with video games, and the concept of just "giving the board what it wants" your Wii age will be higher than your actual age. However, if you practice the tests it gives you, you can decrease your Wii age by just simply knowing the concept of the various balance games it gives you. The Wii Fit cycles through a few different balance games to calculate your Wii Fit age. So if you're patient enough to listen to all the instructions for the balance tests over and over, you can lower your age by a lot.
  • MSCR - September 11, 2008 3:44 p.m.

    Well its a good thing she's just a yoga instructor and not an actual health professional otherwise her opinions might actually have influence on something. Also, doesn't it say right there that the game is designed for over 16 yrs (something like that)? Course you showed up as a fatty little girl, you're not supposed to play it. Never mind the fact that BMI is junk and based on dubious and outdated scientific data.
  • Sizzler - October 17, 2008 3:38 p.m.

    Burn. This was interesting.
  • GamesRadarShanePatterson - October 10, 2008 4:24 a.m.

    Because yoga's included in the game, we figured who better to judge the yoga then an actual instructor? Yoga instructors aren't health professionals either smart guy. You think the woman teaching your mom at 24 Hour Fitness has a medical doctorate? Also, Wii Fit is for all ages. Never mind the BMI - if it's made for all ages, it's made for all ages. Get your facts straight.

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