The question: “Can Wii Fit make me stronger and more toned?”The answer: “Give me four weeks to figure that out.”
It’s a lovely time of year for me once again. I’m back in Toronto for the summer and I am working 40 hours a week as a Parking Attendant in the afternoons. I am bored during the mornings before I go to work, so I have decided to do something about it. I am going to do a Wii Fit Challenge.
For the next four weeks, Monday to Friday, I am going to work out only using the Wii Fit. I used to do push-ups and sit-ups at home, however, I tend to lose motivation after a week of exercise. The Wii Fit is a video game (which is a plus for a nerd like me) that works the body in many different ways so I can’t get bored easily. I have read about other people using Wii Fit to lose weight and get in shape. However, the story is a bit different for me. Here are my goals:
1. To become stronger and more toned in my whole body.2. To reach the BMI set by my Wii Fit.3. To eat healthier (I eat a lot of junk food).
For my routine, I am going to do all of the Yoga and Strength Training exercises with Strength challenges thrown in at the 2nd week. I am going to work out by using all the combinations used by Wii Fit for a full body workout. The list is as follows:
Torso Twist (6 reps) + Triangle = WaistlineJackknife (20 reps) + Bridge + Spinal Twist = AbdominalsLunge (15 reps per leg) + Warrior = Hips/ThighsSingle-Leg Extension (10 reps per leg) + Standing Knee + Dance = HipsSideways Leg-Lift (10 reps per leg) + Sun Salutation = Side Abs/ShouldersArm & Leg Lift (20 reps per arm and leg) + Shoulder Stand = Shoulders/HipsTricep Extension (20 reps per arm) + Palm Tree = Ankles/Back/TricepsSingle-Leg Twist (20 reps per leg) + Half-Moon = Side AbsRowing Squat (30 reps) + Chair = Abs/Thighs/BackSingle-Arm Stand (20 reps per arm) + Tree = Legs/Back/AbsPush-Ups & Side Plank (10 reps) + Downward-facing Dog = Arms/Chest/ShouldersPlank (60 sec.) + Cobra = CoreThanks to TheStarbird’s Wii Fit FAQ on gamefaqs.com
I will go through the list in order but start on the next exercise the following day. For example, on the first day I will start with the Waistline and work through the training. The next day I will start on Abdominals and so on. Every day will begin with a Body Test and I’ll start and end my sessions with Deep Breathing. In addition to working out, I am also going to track what I eat so I can achieve my 3rd goal.
Before I get to the first journal entry, here is what I look like now:
Let’s begin, shall we?
Height: 6′ 0″
BMI: 18.21 (Underweight)
Wii Fit Age: 35 (for shame!)
Amount of Time Exercised: 1:03
Wii Goal Set: +6.0 lbs (19.02 BMI Normal) in a month, which means 2.8 lbs per 2 weeks.
Best Exercise of the day: Bridge. It was so comfortable to let my hips and part of my torso do some work after killing my abs with the Jackknife.
Worst Exercise of the day: Lunges, no question. I had tested another fitness game the day before and there was lunges in that game too. I guess my body really needs a rest once in a while, otherwise this wouldn’t hurt quite so much. After the fifth lunge on each leg it didn’t feel so bad anymore, but damn, it’s going to hurt to walk tomorrow. Also, I couldn’t do 60 seconds of the Plank, I had to scale it down to 30 seconds. Tomorrow I’ll try again at 60.
What I ate and drank today:
1 glass of water during workout
1 710 ml bottle of water at work
A bowl of beef stew and a glass of water for Lunch
Chicken, Rice, 710 ml of water, 4 pack of cookies for Dinner
Not a bad start to the first day, but if I hurt now, tomorrow is going to be very painful. Night!