What are the Wii Balance Board and Wii Fit Plus?

The Wii has many different kinds of accessories and peripherals. One of the most popular that you probably have heard of is called the Balance Board. So, just what exactly is this device?

You can think of it as a very fancy scale. You stand on the device, which connects to your Wii wirelessly, and it tracks how your weight is distributed on your legs. So, for example, if you were to lean to the left, the Balance Board would know there is now more weight on your left leg than on your right leg.

What Nintendo has basically done with the Balance Board is turn the Wii into an exercise machine. It comes with a disc called Wii Fit Plus, which guides the user through various forms of exercise. For example, one program on the disc shows you how to do yoga poses, and as you perform the poses, the Balance Board tracks your weight distribution and gives feedback on how well you are performing the pose. To give another example, the disc also has “step aerobic” programs of varying difficulty, and the Balance Board serves as your “step” platform. Still another program has you do push-ups on the Balance Board. As you can see, there are a surprising number of ways this device can be used for exercise.

So, is it worth the $99.99 price tag? The answer, of course, is, “It depends.” Your deciding factor should be what your exercise goals are. If you are looking for a high intensity workout or are trying to lose a lot of weight, you should look elsewhere.

On the other hand, if you don’t have a lot of time in your schedule for exercise and want to squeeze some physical activity into your daily routine, then Wii Fit Plus is a viable option for improving your fitness, balance, and coordination. The simple, low-impact exercises are a nice way to unwind after work on those days when you cannot make it to the gym or on days when the weather is preventing you from going outside.

Another nice thing about Wii Fit Plus is that it tracks your weight and your performance over time so that you can follow your progress and see your improvement. It also takes up much less space than your typical exercise machine, which is nice if you don’t have a lot of room.

In short, if you’re looking for a simple way to do some light exercise, then Wii Fit Plus is a fun, unique option.

For more information here is the official site: Wii Fit

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3 Responses to What are the Wii Balance Board and Wii Fit Plus?

  1. Cathy says:

    Good post, Matt–I don’t have a Wii, but I’ve played with the balance board and Wii Fit when visiting my sister. A lot of those “exercise/games” definitely won’t give you an aerobic workout, but they’re fun, good stress relievers, and may be beneficial to older folks who are needing help with balance and stability. Cheers, Cathy

  2. matt583 says:

    Thanks for the comment, Cathy. I definitely agree with you. Wii Fit is a nice supplement to other, more rigorous forms of physical activity or, as you mentioned, a nice option for older folks. See you in class! 🙂

  3. kate583a says:

    Hmm. I’m still not convinced. My coworker has one and she loves it, but I just don’t know how it could be any better than a free 20-minute jog around the block. Plus, I want to feel like my workout kicked my butt!

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