Balance and budget make it time for a Wii Fit Plus

Balance and budget make it time for a Wii Fit Plus

Summary: Balance is not only a metaphor for life, it is an often overlooked aspect of health and fitness.

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Balance is not only a metaphor for life, it is an often overlooked aspect of health and fitness. Good balance is important for fall prevention, and for a sense of efficacy in the world.

Balance is something that comes a bit easier to the young, but can be regained, if lost, by practicing. Regular practice of certain yoga poses such as Vrksasana (Tree Pose) is helpful for training the body's proprioceptors to achieve and maintain a good sense of balance.

However, yoga isn't the only way to work with balance. One of my favorite readily-available tech tools for working with balance is the Nintendo Wii Fit Plus with balance board.

The system's focus on balance as a key aspect of health, combined with its ability to provide immediate feedback, along with its engaging activities designed to help you practice balance and track your successful progress, makes it a real boon in the balance department. Come to think of it, there's also yoga on the Wii Fit Plus.

The Wii Fit Plus has been used for physiotherapy, as well as in nursing homes to help residents stay healthy and balanced.

It's also a great way to get in some fun exercise sessions in throughout the day. For example, I don't know what it is but I just can't get enough of that little marching band Wii Fit Plus game. If they sold an entire game of just marching band stuff, I'd march right to the store and be first in line to buy it.

Balance may be in the budget

In early June at E3, Nintendo will be announcing its next generation console. We don't know if that's a Wii 2, or some other completely different console. In any case, the price for the Wii, which just dropped, will undoubtedly drop again. This is good news if you've been wanting one, but just haven't seen fit to buy one yet.

The original Wii Fit debuted at around $90, but you can now get a Wii Fit Plus with balance board and software for about $75 on Amazon.

Image courtesy of CBSNews.com.

Do you own a Wii? How about a Wii Fit or Wii Fit Plus? Do you think you might take advantage of lowered prices to add one to your balance or exercise regime? What about you XBox 360 and Kinect owners? Let us know in the TalkBacks below.

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About

Denise Amrich is a Registered Nurse, the health care advisor for the U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute, and a mentor for the Virtual Campus at Florida's Brevard Community College.


Nothing in this article is meant to be a substitute for medical advice, and shouldn't be considered as such. If you are in need of medical help, please see your doctor.

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  • RE: Balance and budget make it time for a Wii Fit Plus

    I have a wii but not the wii fit. I was using it to play "My Fitness Coach" for a while but the game/program had some minor issues, like with the yoga program it was hard to figure out certain poses, other times with the cardio program it would just keep repeating moves. While it was fun for a little while the repetition of it just got old. Now I just change up exercise videos.
    LoverockDavidson
  • RE: Balance and budget make it time for a Wii Fit Plus

    being fit requires no accessories.
    james347
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