September 7, 2008

Wii Fit!

Posted in ADHD, Exercise, External Links, Posts by Renee, Self-Therapy, Tools at 12:24 am by bloggingawayadhd

I have a new game to distract me from work – but at least this time it’s somewhat beneficial to me! I got the Wii Fit!

I know it’s no replacement for real sports or weight-lifting workouts, but it’s a great way to get me off of my butt when I’m too lazy to work out, or when it’s cold outside.

I like the Wii itself – especially the tennis and golf sports games, so I was eager to get the Wii Fit. I also read in “Delivered from Distraction” by Edward Hallowell and John Ratey that balance board training helped some kids with their ADHD symptoms, so maybe working on the Wii Fit Balance Board will help my concentration, too!

I think that Wii Sports and Wii Fit are perfect games for people with ADD because they’re short and there’s a lot of variety. You can play for 10 minutes, have fun, and get back to work, unlike other video games that try to suck you in for hours with some complex storyline. Most of the Wii Fit games are 1 to 3 minutes long, and there are about 20 games/workout segments to choose from right off the bat, with more added as you unlock them by playing.

When I play, I check the clock and set a 15 minute break limit for myself, play, then when I’m done with whatever game I’m playing at the 15-minute mark, I turn it off. That’s tough, though, because it’s so fun!

One benefit I believe it has over “regular” workouts is the instant feedback. It lets you know if you are not standing with the proper center of gravity, or if you have bad rhythm, or if you are overweight. Actually, I’d assume it’s pretty hard to get on the Wii Fit every day if it tells you you are fat all the time! Luckily, I’m just at the high end of “normal” weight, so the feedback is positive and welcome. It recommended that I lose 10 lbs (by recommending an “ideal BMI”) and I guess that’s a good goal – though I’m using it more to motivate me to get up and moving and get toned rather than as a weight loss tool.

There are 4 categories of games: Strength Training, Aerobics, Yoga, and Balance Games. As you play, you gain points over time that unlock new games. I just unlocked a cool game where you turn the Wii Fit board sideways and ride it like a snowboard! 

Anyway, I’m just babbling now, but I wanted to let you know about my new toy that has added benefits of helping me be healthier and possibly helping reduce ADHD symptoms. I’ll let you know if I notice any changes!

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