My Return To Exercise: Wii Fit Plus Style

March 29, 2010

Right before my miscarriage my doctor told me to stop exercising. Because two drastic health events followed that, I’ve been hesitant to start up again. But with a lot of rest, medication, and supplements, I’m finally feeling strong enough. There is a sprint triathlon in August that I’m shooting for, and I’ll start training for that in a couple months. Until then, I want to build up my strength and get back to my baseline of fitness.

I mentioned before that the folks at Brand About Town chose me to be a Nintendo Enthusiast. I was extremely excited to find a Wii, Wii Fit Plus, and a book called The Triathlon Training Bible in the mail one day.

Total score!

I immediately hooked it all up, created my Mii, and did a body test. Then I started reading the book. This time, I want to have a thorough understanding of triathlon training before I begin.

Last week when I had off work I decided that it was the day to begin exercising again. Due to my recent blood loss and stomach issues I’m at a healthy weight for me, one that I want to maintain, but I have lost all muscle tone. Here I am in my workout clothes for the first time in forever:

I may or may not be wearing the shirt I slept in last night

I thought that the Wii Fit Plus was the perfect way to ease back into working out, and it’ll be nice to have in the summer months when it’s just too hot to go outside.

I started out by doing another body test. It weighs you, and then has you do a couple of mind and balance tests. I am TERRIBLE at the balance tests. I mean really. Terrible. Then based on a combination of your actual age and your performance, it gives you your Wii Fit Age. I did the body test three separate times before I got an age that I felt acceptable to display to the Internet.

Much better than 38

One of my 101 goals was to unlock all the exercises in Wii Fit, but the Wii Fit Plus doesn’t have any exercises locked. I am therefore editing my goal to read: try all the exercises in Wii Fit Plus at least once. I jumped right in a started playing around, although it was a little hard to do when I had this to deal with:

Oliver needs to attend a 12-step program for codependency

First I did a little jog. You don’t have to run on the balance board, you just hold the controller or put it in your pocket. I like to hold things when I run anyway, so I didn’t mind. Running in place is kind of awkward at first, and it works my calves more than I’m used to (which might be a good thing). I was sore for DAYS afterwards. It’s not a replacement for actual running, but it’s still a nice aerobic exercise.

Awkward picture of me running in place, taken by my camera on self-timer

Next I did some yoga stretches. One of the changes to Wii Fit Plus is that you can put together your own routines. So instead of just doing one yoga pose at a time you can kind of simulate a flow, although there is still some transition time.

My ridiculous triangle pose

And since I love to ride bikes, I tried this new addition called Island Cycle. You pick your feet up and down as if you’re riding a bike (but not really) and hold the controller horizontally to steer. You hit all the checkpoints and return to the starting point. It was fun!

Wish I had a place to ride like that in real life

The last thing I did was create a profile for my dog Cleo. I think it’s so cool that you can do this! (Works for kids & babies too.) Not only do you get to see a cute little puppy on screen that will show up in your activities (she followed me around when I was cycling), but you can track your pet’s weight. This is actually really helpful when you have a dog who is bordering on obesity and you need to know what dose of heartworm pill to give her.

She's so cute!

Looks a lot like her, don’t you think?

Too bad you can't do the training with me, little Cleo

So my goals are to do a body test once a week for at least 12 weeks, and try all the exercises once. I’ll decide which ones work best for me, and use those on the days where I can’t make it outside.

Anyone else have a Wii Fit or Wii Fit Plus? How do you use it, and what do you think of it?

Posted in: health, exercise, health, personal

Comments on My Return To Exercise: Wii Fit Plus Style

  1. 1

    From Stephany:

    I really wanted the Wii Fit before…and now I really, REALLY want it. It looks so cool and all of your pictures are so cute! And they let you make one for your dog?! I’m hooked! :)

  2. 2

    From kapachino:

    It is really fun, but know that you have to use it like any other piece of workout equipment. You won’t magically start exercising more. Still, I definitely recommend it!

  3. 3

    From Kyla Roma:

    Aw you’re so cute! It looks like you’re having fun- but if your doctor has told you not to work out? Please burn or give away the triathlon training book, okay? =)

  4. 4

    From kapachino:

    Lol, thanks for your concern, Kyla! My doctor only told me to stop exercising because she knew I was at risk for miscarriage. Obviously it didn’t help, so now I’m free to do whatever I want if I feel up to it!

  5. 5

    From Emily Jane:

    I hope it’s okay that you’re exercising again – I just want you to be careful!

    I’ve had the Wii Fit on my to-get list for a little while now – I think the balance exercises would be great for my messed-up back. I tried the one where you put one arm out and one leg out while on your knees and I’m great at one side, and the other side is ALL zig-zags, I can barely stay up!!

  6. 6

    From kapachino:

    The balance exercises are really good! You don’t realize how much it affects you until you start working on it. I’m still SO bad at them!

  7. 7

    From Mom:

    Cleo’s avatar is so cute! It does look a lot like her. Are you going to monitor her, too? Can she exercise along with you?

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