Whereas Wii Sports really only gave you five different activities to enjoy, Wii Fit goes much further than that, offering you whole families of daily training activities falling under four broad reaching categories.
Under each of these categories, you will find more than a dozen different things to do. These are not all available right off the bat and you unlock them as you log in more exercise time and Wii credits. This is somewhat unfortunate from an exercise standpoint, but it provides for some motivation to keep training every day.
On a side note, I found the “witty banter” of the animated Wii Balance Board on the screen to be a bit strange. There are some stereotypical “Asian” tendencies to its character, like asking if you have eaten yet or reminding you to brush your teeth before going to bed. It’s a cute character, I suppose, but it’s a little discouraging when it gives out an “Oh!” when you step on the Balance Board for confirmation.
Yoga and Strength Exercises
With the first two sets of exercises, you will be walked through the process with an on-screen trainer. There’s not much customization on this front, so you just get to choose between a male or female trainer (both in spandex and with mannequin-like faces). He or she will then demonstrate each of the yoga poses or strength exercises for you as needed.
For many of these exercises, I’d say that it’s pretty easy to cheat. For many yoga poses, for example, your goal is simply to keep the red dot (representing your center of balance) within the yellow area. There’s no way for Wii Fit to know if you’re doing the pose properly, so you can “fake it”, so to speak. That effectively eliminates the health benefits though, so you probably don’t want to do that.
The variety of exercises is good, but you may find them to be somewhat repetitive after a while. It’s also unfortunate that you can’t really build up a proper exercise regimen or routine in Wii Fit. It’s pretty haphazard, aside from the occasional suggestion that you should pair exercise X with activity Y for a combined benefit of some kind.
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