Does anyone else love the Nintento Wii like I do? Yes, it drives me crazy when the kids whine about wanting more video game time, and the fact that the Wii controllers keep going bad makes me want to scream. (Does everyone have that $50 problem?) You’ve heard this before, that it can really be a FUN way to have family time and get your body moving, but what I love is that ALL ages get into it. Toddlers and teens (of course), their parents, and read below for a story about why you might want to give one to your retired parents, too!
The only bummer is that I don’t get enough time to play around with it, so I know there are a zillion other cool games I’ve never explored. I hope you’ll tell us what are your favorite Wii games?
Here are the top 4 reasons I love exercising with the Wii :
- Wii Rock Band – There is nothing like a bunch of neighborhood 40-something rocker wannabes getting together with a few bevies and a bunch of old songs to rock out to. It is SO fun. If you’re playing the drums you can get a work out, too. Kent admits to having very little hand-eye coordination, so he doesn’t like it as much as I do. I love the challenge of beating the last guy’s score. I wish they’d add more good 80’s songs, though. (I looove 80’s music.)
- Rayman Raving Rabbids – Our ten year old got me onto this game where you have to get your timing down right and bounce the rabbits off the stage. Sounds dumb but it’s challenging and a riot and your arms get tired. You actually can play a lot of different games on here but the others all seem to involve toilet plungers (?) and I love how you feel like you’re dancing with this one if you get your beat down.
- Just Dance – This is my latest favorite that Megan got me hooked onto. It brings back my Pom pon days – pathetic, I know, but I loved those days! For this one you get points for moving your body just right and matching the movements of the fake person on the screen. You get to pick your music and this one is the best for working up a sweat!
- Wii Sports – The day after I do some of these games my muscles are sore. I could hardly move my arms after boxing the night before. Home Run Derby is a blast! Even when our youngest was three he was hitting more balls out of the park than I did. (The little snot.) By the way, for some reason I couldn’t find a link for Wii sports, so I thought I’d show you this one instead: Wii Sports Resort. Our son is getting this for his birthday soon, so I’ll know more about it then.
My friend, Mary, was telling me that she and her siblings got their retired parents a Wii for Christmas. What a great idea! Read what she had to say…
They have the regular Wii Sports that comes with the Wii, along with Wii fit with the balance board. (Wii Ultra Fitness Bundle) Mom's balance was the biggest issue she had after her strokes and this has really helped her. She had completed almost 9 months of physical therapy on and off with some improvement but after working on the balance session on the Wii Fit she has greatly improved. Around Thanksgiving time she could hardly walk up the bleachers alone at our son's game, but six weeks after working out with the Wii Fit, she was able to get up and down the bleachers by herself.
Mom and Dad have a Wii fit workout that they do almost everyday. I think it has been great for them to keep moving in the winter months since they do not feel comfortable walking too much around the neighborhood in the cold and on the icy sidewalks. They have also been playing the bowling and golf games together instead of just sitting and watching TV at night.
We weren’t sure how much they would use it but thought it was worth a try. We thought Dad might play the golf game but to our surprise he doesn’t like to miss his daily workout. The Wii keeps track of his progress and I think that helps keep him motivated.
My parents are 70 and 71 and I this definitely helps keep them moving a more. It is also another great way for them to play with their grandkids when they want to play something other than golf, cards or a board game.”
Isn’t that awesome?!
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