After a great deal of persuasion I finally gave in and ordered a Wii Fit to go with my son Jake's Wii console. A small 'step' thing arrived with a disk and various instructions. After a few moments of 'setup' it was talking to the wii and then the fun started!
I had resisted Wii Fit on the basis that it would probably be a bit of a gimic, soon to be covered up like the 'excellent condition' exercise bikes you see advertised in supermarkets and local papers. But maybe I was wrong?
It was installed on Monday, we're now on Thursday and every member of my immediate family (including my pensioner parents who also bought one) has been weighed, had their height measured, input their age, had a 'humourous' Mii character created and has completed at least 30 mins (sometimes more) exercise a day - all this from a family of dyed in the wool couch potatoes?
We're even getting competitive, trying to achieve a younger fitness age, mine is 34 which given that I'm actually 40 was a lovely ego boost! Although it did say I was also obese and made a little fat Mii character with my trademark blonde, glasses and smile :-)
My son, Jake, can't wait to unlock a new exercise. He is eight, and his fitness age started at 27! OUCH, a sharp call to action, with practise and time he's got that down to 11 and is delighted with his progress. I've never seen him so active and actually wanting to play sports, go jogging and do exercise at anything other than gunpoint lol.
So I have to admit it folks, I'm a convert! I have enjoyed it, it's fun, easy to learn, you get instant feedback and no gym fees! Or having to sit next to narcissistic bodybuilders while I sweat and feel like dying on the exercise bike.
Have you tried one, what did you think?