Posted on July 30, 2007, William Vancouver Gym Using The Nintendo Wii
Numerous gyms around the world are starting to embrace the Nintendo Wii as a legitimate way to get in shape. Although the Wii may not be the most effective form of working out, I think it’s a great option that could really give some people the added motivation they need. Anyone who has worked out before knows how important motivation is when it comes to getting in shape. They probably also realize how hard it is to keep motivation going. Nintendo has been tying in healthy living to video games for many years. Some of you may remember the fitness peripherals from back in the NES days when it all started. I’m a little surprised to see gyms embracing the Nintendo Wii, considering it could be easily purchased and used at home, but I am pleased to see that this gym in particular seems to be taking a responsible approach to fitting the Wii into an overall workout routine.
Studeo55 fitness center has just put a Nintendo Wii gaming system in their gym, where clients can challenge their personal trainers to sporty video games and feel the burn in a very high-tech way.
The Wii console offers simulated sports like boxing, tennis, and bowling, and gym owner Nathan Mellalieu says it’s been a big hit among his patrons.
But while having the latest Nintendo console in the gym may seem like a potential fitness distraction, Mellalieu says the use of the Wii comes with some healthy rules.
He explains, “We highly suggest our clients pick very physically active sports like boxing or tennis to play on the Wii because those ones get their heart rates up. Our clients use it in three minute intervals, which is just enough to have fun and burn calories, but not too long to get sucked into playing video games their entire workout.”