Want a Nintendo Wii and need an excuse to buy one? Here’s an great excuse, it is a great diet aid. It can help you get the exercise you need to loose weight.
Are you shaking your head? Maybe you won’t be after reading this. According to an article on newstarget.com a man by the name of Mickey DeLorenzo has lost weight just by playing his Wii. He didn’t change any of his other daily habits.
He just played the sports DVD that comes with the Wii machine daily for a thirty minute session. The sports CD houses five different virtual games you play with your Wii remote. These games are bowling, golf, baseball, tennis and boxing.
Mr. DeLorenzo called his experiment “Wii Sports Experiment”. The games he has been playing has been the baseball, tennis and the boxing.
How much did he loose? Since starting the experiment on December 9th 2006, he has lost 9 pounds, in six weeks. His starting weight was 181 and now he is down to 171. For many people that would be a dream.
He used a body fat caliper to measure his body fat. He estimated that he lost about two percent of his body fat. He also realized that his resting heart rate fell ten points. But more amazingly is the fact that before the experiment his body mass index was 25.2 (considered in the overweight category) and it fell to 24 (within normal range) after the experiment.
Which games seem to burn the most calories? Not so surprisingly, boxing burn the most calories. A fifthteen minute game of punching and jabbing can burn about 125 calories. Tennis is also a pretty good calorie burner, if you play aggressively for about fifthteen minutes. It will help you to burn 92 calories. Surprisingly, even bowling will help you to burn calories. You can loose about 77 calories playing it for about fifthteen minutes. A person weighing about 190 pounds who would play a real game of bowling at their local bowling alley for an hour would burn about 250 calories according to www.shapefit.com. That would mean you could actually burn more calories bowling at home with your Wii.
Mr. DeLorenzo began his experiment after playing a game of boxing with his girlfriend and realizing that he was actually sweating. Then he came up with this brilliant plan for those of us who hates real exercise and likes playing games. He decided to play his Wii everyday and see if he actually lost weight. He even set up a blog at WiiNintendo.net and charted his progress for others. He even was brave enough to post a before and after picture of himself.
What is in store for Mr. DeLorenzo for the future, plenty more video games, I am sure. Plus, he has bought his own website WiiWorkout.net where he plans to continue charting his fitness progress and maybe even adding some weights to his routine, so he doesn’t become to skinny.
What about the rest of us? Well, does your family love playing video games? Does your family eat too much junk food and not get enough exercise? Do you like beating games? Do you think you might like playing tennis, boxing, baseball or even bowling virtually? If you answered yes to these questions, maybe you should think about purchasing a Wii.