Friday, May 30, 2008

Product Review: Wii Fit

Because of H's sister, we were able to get our hands on a Wii Fit. As expected, you can't find them anywhere in our area, and the store personnel do not have much information on how to get one. I hope it's not going to be like the Wii console and take over a year-and-a-half to actually have them available.

Okay, enough griping. Before we even got the game, we had heard that it's not very forgiving with respect to weight and BMI, and that the exercises are difficult. Those things are true, but I don't really care. I just got finished with 20 minutes of exercising for the evening, which is time I might have normally spent sitting on my ass either watching TV or surfing the web. No, I cannot do the exercises perfectly, but I don't think that's the expectation. The exercises are split up into four different categories: yoga, strength, aerobics, and balance. Before beginning, you step on the balance board and get weighed and such, and your Mii profile changes accordingly. Sadly, now my Mii has a belly. Hey, I'm just glad they didn't make my Mii butt huge. After getting weighed, you can develop some fitness goals for yourself, then you begin exercising. Even if you're out of shape, like myself, there is at least a few exercises that a person can do. The Wii keeps track of your performance on tasks and graphs progress over time, which is nice to see. Also, as you put in more time, then you unlock more activities in each category so that you don't become bored with the few that you start out with.

My initial impression is that I like this game. At least it's a game that you do while not being sedentary. I think that, in order to reach my personal fitness goals, I still need to do more walking outdoors, and then use Wii Fit in addition to that. If you're already fit, then this is something you can do to change up your workout routine a bit. Also, because more than one Mii's information gets stored, if you're competitive, you can see where your scores rank as compared to other Miis. The downsides are, as mentioned before, it's not very forgiving on weight/BMI, some exercises are difficult, you start out with only a few exercises before unlocking more, and the availability of the Wii Fit is not great yet.

Overall, I'd give Wii Fit 8 out of 10 dancing feet. It's a fun and motivating way to get off your rump!

Monday, May 05, 2008

What I Like Best About My Mom

From when I was born, and even still, she gives me hugs and kisses.
She wants me to be happy.
She accepts me for who I am, despite my flaws, and loves me anyway.
She is fun to hang out with.
I can tell her anything and not worry about being judged.
She keeps her mind active.
She taught me some of my best swear words.
She's funny.
I can always count on her to help me when I need it.
She doesn't tell me how to live my life, but lets me find things out for myself.
She still fixes me macaroni and cheese.

I love you, Mom! Happy Mother's Day!!