Tuesday, August 12, 2008

LIZ'S wii fit DIARY…

I’ve been having fun with wii sport for a week. First I built a mii. I like her. She is small, a bit tubby, wears glasses and has grey hair and has a jolly yellow t-shirt. Mii…

Over the week I’ve brought my age down from 80, via a dip to 40 (when I didn’t have any baseball or bowling), to settle at around 53, which is shy enough of my true age to make me feel slightly smug. The tennis has improved hugely and I can now, occasionally, hit the ball in baseball. I even managed a fair result in bowling. It’s fun. I’m enjoying it.

But now I’ve moved on the serious business of stepping up onto the wii fit that arrived this weekend.

Day 1

It had me put in my year of birth and height and then it weighed me, measured my bmi (ouch) and then put me through some assessments, showing me where my centre of balance was – not bad actually. At least when I stand still. When I moved things went totally to pot. (Do I trip over things? it asked me. Er, yes…) We -- and his is very much an interactive system and the guy inside the television is really sweet and encouraging -- settled on a plan for me to lose 5lbs in a month. Then we started on the serious stuff..

Oh, dear. The old eye/feet co-ordination is not what it should be. It doesn’t help that I have trouble distinguishing between left and right when doing yoga stuff, or stepping.

The wii is comforting, though. It helpfully suggested I follow the feet of the guys on the screen when stepping. It also noticed that my left leg wobbled when I stood on it without the support of the right and told me that it will help me build my strength so that I can support my upper body weight. It did not say that it would help if my upper body weight was reduced substantially. I appreciated that.

I'll keep you posted...

9 comments:

Snookie said...

Liz that sounds like a fun way to get fit I'm going to have to check it out once my foot heals.

Michelle Douglas said...

Do keep us posted Liz. I loathe exercise (although I love walking - more for relaxation than fitness, though).

Will be very interested to know if this is still fun in two weeks time (somehow I always seem to lose interest at the two week mark). Sounds pretty innovative, though... and convenient... and I like the encouraging guys over the sergeant-major types.

Kate Hardy said...

Hilarious, Liz.

If you skip a few days, it tells you how long it's been since it last saw you, and can get a bit sarky...

My favourite one is the fish one. The boxing's great fun, too.

Liz Fielding said...

I loathe exercise, too, Michelle, but this is a pick and choose job -- today I missed out the running because my hips joints were a bit sore, but I did more stepping.

I'll post a weekly diary -- which should keep me on my toes. And I have the dd's wedding as an incentive, too.

I haven't tried to fish or box, Kate! Having football boots hurled at me is bad enough!

Michelle Douglas said...

Running!

Did you say running?

Ooh, I think not!

Kate Hardy said...

Ooh yes, running. If you run past your 'pace-setter' you can follow a dog and it gives you a different route to follow.

Actually, the running isn't so bad. The step classes are good. But the fish is still my favourite. (It dresses you up as a penguin.)

Penn said...

Okay, Kate, you must tell us about the fish. What does one do with the fish? Are you a penguin hunting fish? What?

BTW Kate, I finally finished up your London General Trilogy yesterday. Posted my review at eHQ. I can't believe it's been in my TBR for 3 years. How does time fly by like that?!

Penn

Michelle Douglas said...

Yep, need to know. What's with the penguin?

Liz Fielding said...

The fishing is fun...

wii dresses your mii up in a penguin suit and you have to tilt the iceberg to catch the fish jumping out of the sea.

The chicks would go hungry if they had to rely on me. But I did knock out the trainer in boxing this morning!