For months prior to Christmas there was a big push on for purchasing Nintendo Wii that was based on the notion of ‘Wii for family fitness‘. Even gyms and yoga studios began to offer ‘Wii Fit Plus‘ classes. In the first month of its release in October 2008 “Wii Fit Plus,” outsold its predecessor, and many people were stressed right out trying to acquire one to put under their tree.
If you bought into the advertising hype like some people I know, who thought they were lucky to acquire Wii Fit Plus, as well as paying for Wii Fit Plus classes, you may be very disappointed to find that the hype amounts to a lot of hot air.
What is Wii Fit Plus?
Wii Fit Plus combines fun and fitness into one product. It can change how you exercise, how you balance, and even how you move. Expanding upon the original Wii Fit software, Wii Fit Plus is packed with every feature from Wii Fit—plus new exercises and tools to personalize your exercise routine. If you already have a profile on the original Wii Fit, you can easily transfer it over to Wii Fit Plus. Source
On the morning of the big day for present opening when families I knew were tearing the wrappings off their new Wii’s in preparation for Wii Fit Plus classes this was published:
ScienceDaily (Dec. 25, 2009) — The Nintendo Wii Fit many people are considering as Christmas gifts may be great entertainment, but a University of Mississippi study indicates the console has little effect on family fitness. …
The study was conducted by Scott Owens, UM associate professor of health and exercise science. Owens concluded that Wii Fit had little impact on daily fitness and that that “modest amounts of daily Wii Fit use may have provided insufficient stimulus for fitness changes.”