Step Workout with Wii Fit

I likes exercising with the Wii Fit but it’s not really a work out. We went out looking for the EA Active, but we found the Everlast 3″ Aerobic Step on the shelf in the Wii section instead.  This Wii Fit board accessory turns the Fit board into … well  a 3 inch aerobic step. With the attachment, the regular Wii Fit step exercises is intensified. It’s a great way to have a fun workout and actually feel like you actually worked your muscles. I highly recommend this accessory if you are using the Wii Fit to try to get in shape.  Note: Do not do the body test with the step accessory attached. The Wii Fit will miscalculate your weight by 50 to 70 pounds!

If you’re wondering about the design on the board, it is a cover or skin for the board made out of neoprene. It feels very nice under your feet and softens your steps. The one we got was the React Board sleeve found at BestBuy.

We like the Everlast 3″ Aerobic Step so much that we were thinking about getting the Everlast 2lb dumbbell Wii remote attachment for the next level.

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Wii Fit Board Connectivity Fix


I bought my Wii Fit for the Christmas holiday and I have been getting a surprisingly fun workout. I have found that every so often, especially while stepping on the board, the Wii Fit would get disconnected and I get the message “Communication has been lost, hit “A” and power button on the board”. I changed the batteries but that did not help. I did a little research and found some interesting clues to why it might be happening. I had a theory. Since the batteries are at the bottom of the board I thought the vibration of stepping plus the pull of gravity might be loosening the battery connections enough for the board to lose power temporarily. To test my theory I made a shim out of cardboard from a cereal box to hold the batteries firmly in place. This seemed to have done the trick since I have not had the problem since.

Print out the template and trace the pattern on a piece of thin cardboard from a cereal box or shoe box. Cut out the darken shapes on the template. Place the cardboard on the battery cover. The tabs on the Wii Fit battery cover should fit through slots cut out of the template. I used 2 pieces of cardboard to hold the batteries snugly in place. You can use a piece of tape to hold the cardboard in place.
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Working out with the Wii Fit


The Nintendo Wii Fit is technically an accessory for the Nintendo Wii Game System. The Wii Fit consists of a pressure sensitive board that is used in conjunction with the Wii remote control. The board requires 2 AA batteries which are included and is quite sturdy.
The Wii Fit tracks your weight and how long you are exercising each day, and let you know when your 30 minutes are up. It also calculates your body mass index (BMI) based on your age and weight. You can choose from yoga, aerobic, strength, or game workouts.
It is possible to lose weight using the Wii Fit. If you use the Wii Fit for 20 -30 mins four to five times a week accompanied by a low calorie diet you will lose weight. The Wii Fit will track you’re progress and allow you to set goals and deadlines to give you additional motivation.
My experience with the Wii Fit has been a good one. The exercises are varied enough to keep you interested and it makes exercise fun. Since you can compare stats with other Wii Fit users, competition is another motivating factor. I like being able to do different exercises depending on my mood and energy level. Just like any other piece of exercise equipment, consistency is key, but the Wii Fit’s fun activities keeps you coming back. Good Luck!

Update:

I had an issue with the Wii Fit board losing connection to the Wii but it appeared to be a battery problem. Here is how I fixed it.

Here is a fun quiz on how many calories yo can burn on the Wii: http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/wii-calories-quiz.htm

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