Getting in Shape with a Nintendo Wii?

I see that some new Nintendo Wii games are being heavily advertised right now for the fitness benefits... I am just wondering if working out via video game is actually good exercise.  Doctors - do you think that exercising with Wii video games will actually help me get in shape? 

Doctor Answers 3

The best exercise is the one you will do!

If you are a Wii fan, then by all means, keep it up. Exercising is so important not just for its calorie burning abilities, but also for its cardiovascular benefits. It also can help you sleep better. It's also great to have access to a workout at home.  Happy exercising!

New York Bariatric Surgeon
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Absolutely! It is interactive and goal oriented, which is a must for getting results!

Successful exercising requires discipline. The best part about the Wii fit (I have it at my house) is that it is goal oriented. You are actually interacting with the game, which almost feels like you have a personal trainer. I highly recommend this to most patients.

Bhupesh Vasisht, MD
Voorhees Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 86 reviews

Wii Fit can help with weight loss

Hi there-

The new Wii games, such as Wii Fit, are actually very effective in teaching you proper exercise technique and will definitely get your heart rate up (I tried it in a local store and left with a good sweat!).

Many retailers have a Wii on display and will let you try the program- check it out- I bet you are convinced it will be a good workout.

The bottom line when you want to lose weight is to burn more calories than you take in each day- anything that increases you caloric burn by increasing your body's workload will, when combined with a healthy reduction in caloric intake, cause you to lose weight. The Wii Fit certainly would work.

And it's fun!

Good luck with your weight loss, and Happy New Year!

Armando Soto, MD, FACS
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 159 reviews

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