For moms who can’t make it to the gym, virtual reality exercise may be the answer to real world weight loss!
In the romantic comedy Away We Go, John Krasinski’s character Burt Farlander says to his pregnant girlfriend, “I will love you, even if it takes you months to lose this weight.” Since my husband and I saw the film when I was six months pregnant, my husband has quoted that line more often than is good for his health.
My son is now five months old and as it turns out, it is taking me months (and months) to lose this weight.
Offering a solution, Santa brought me a Wii Fit Plus for Christmas. My interest was piqued, but my scepticism was great. I just couldn’t imagine how one could get a real workout standing on a small board in the living room. The box sat unopened near the TV for almost a month until my husband finally cracked it open and gingerly, I got started.
Would you believe you can break a sweat pretending to spin 5 hula hoops around your waist? Or that cartoon images of your friends cheering you on could make jogging in place for 3 minutes bearable? Or that your competitive spirit could get sparked by a virtual attempt to snow board down a mountain? I was hooked.
Wii Fit offers about fifty different activities, including strength training, yoga, aerobic exercise and balance training. The computer can combine exercises into a routine; and unlike a video, which can get monotonous and repetitive, Wii Fit routines change.
Before I begin each workout, the Wii measures my weight and body mass index or BMI (the measure of body fat based on height and weight). Then, I perform two balance and agility tests to calculate my “Wii Fit age,” which is meant to give me a sense of whether or not I am in good condition.
I’ve found the daily weigh-ins motivating and the desire to keep my graph trending downward into “ideal BMI” territory helps curb those late-night sugar cravings. But what I really love is that I can work out whenever it’s convenient for me with my son close by on the floor. If he needs some attention, I can put my workout on pause for him.
It’s been fifty days now and I’ve used the Wii Fit all but three – it’s addictive! In combination with longer walks and better eating, I’ve lost seven pounds. It isn’t dramatic weight loss, but it’s heading in the right direction. Mii, myself and I feel much better for it!
After exploring five careers in five cities in just over five years, Meghan Thompson has built up a wealth of knowledge about what she does not want to do with her life (including teaching, politics, banking, communications and PR). Meghan is finally doing what she does want to do (writing) where she wants to do it (in England) with the support of her husband, the amazing “rugby bloke” and their incredible son, “Sir Grinsalot,” who joined them in October 2009.