Adding to the Repertoire

After some recommendations by others, I’ve been looking at some more stuff to add – exercise-wise – to what I’m already doing with the WiiFit. Pretty much everything I’m looking at is meant to go with the Wii.

Some might ask – why are you looking to video games to lose weight? Why not go out and run, or go to a gym, or just do exercises on your own? Well…those are all legitimate questions. The first two options pretty much have the same answer: I’m self-conscious. I’m well aware of every-single-bit-of-my-body that wiggles and jiggles with every move I make, and I’d just as soon not go out in front of all the midriff-baring, perky-ponytail-bouncing, thin-as-rails girls and shirtless, six-pack-wearing, muscle-bound boys and show off my jello self. No, I do not think that it should serve as a punishment for letting myself get this way. All it’s going to do is depress me and make me lose hope. The second has another answer: I can’t afford it. I was not aware of the fact the gyms operate with freaking contracts that you can’t get out of – I could have swore that you could just cancel your membership. Well, not the gym I signed up with. When it came to realizing that we just couldn’t afford the membership, I tried canceling it, and then got told that we couldn’t. Great. Another hit on my already lousy credit. So that’s not an option. The last? I won’t. That’s the long and short of it. I’ll forget, I’ll be too convinced that I look silly, I’ll figure out better things to do. It just won’t happen.

So – I like playing video games. Why not combine that with something that can actually help me?

So…now that I’ve gotten long-winded with a post that really shouldn’t have been…here are the things I’ve been looking at:

EA Sports Active: My friend Meghan commented earlier that she’d gotten this after getting used to the WiiFit and that it’s been working wonders for her husband. I looked it up on Amazon – apparently, it was developed by Bob Greene, who is also Oprah’s personal trainer. I’m not an Oprahphile by any means, but I’ve heard good things about him. The reviews on Amazon all seem pretty positive – one person said, “It is like Gold’s Gym, the Wii Fit, and My Fitness Coach all rolled into one.” I haven’t looked at the others besides WiiFit, but, well…that seems pretty nifty to me. This also has things like resistance bands, and a leg strap where you can put your remote…which I can only imagine comes in handy, my remote gets in the way ALL the time. I didn’t really look at ‘More Exercises’ or EA Sports Active 2, I figure if I do go that route, I’ll see how I like the first one before considering the add-ons and updates.

Just Dance: My sister first told me about this a couple of months ago. Then, when I went to the doctor with Crissy and Josh yesterday, the nurse was talking to us about it too. My sister told me that just playing with her daughters helped her lose weight without even trying, and the nurse said that she dropped 12 lbs in no time flat. I like the idea of doing aerobics without actually feeling like you’re doing aerobics. I’ve looked at the song listings on Amazon, and there’s a good mix of new and classic on the 2 editions, plus the Summer Party, that are out – of course, I doubt I’d get both at once, I’d probably wait until I get burnt out on whichever one I get first. Again, the reviews on Amazon were pretty fantastic – I’m especially intrigued by this part: “The second thing that impressed me was that this game features actual dance moves to the songs. In other words, not only are you playing the game, you’re learning actual dance steps. You’ll learn the ‘Mashed Potato’ that was all the rage in the 1960’s to Dee Dee Sharp’s ‘Mashed Potato Time’. You’ll learn the best disco moves of the 70’s with songs like ‘That’s the Way I Like It’. And my personal dream come true–you can dance like MC Hammer with ‘U Can’t Touch This’.” Apparently, the first edition has ‘Cotton-Eyed Joe’, one of my favorite two-step songs…so that might be a possibility.

Zumba Fitness: I went to a Zumba class in February, and it was pretty fun…but, like I said earlier, I’m rather self-conscious. I didn’t have any problems with the moves – honey, please, I’m from San Diego, you’re practically required to know how to move your hips – but I was very aware of the thinner, more attractive females in the room, which made me clam up a little. I know some people who have gotten this game for the Wii, and they love it – and I do know it’ll give you a workout, if the moves are at all the same as the ones we did in class, which I can only imagine they would be. Once again, the Amazon reviews are all good. One snippet that made me blink was this: “Within 30 minutes I had burned nearly 400 calories.” HOLY COW! I didn’t even do that in one hour today on the WiiFit. Definitely up there.

Do you have any fitness ‘assistants’ that you swear by? I’m open to recommendations!