I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I wasn’t even sure exactly how Wii “Fit” worked. To me, it looked like a toy to help children learn their ABCs using interactive TV technology. Needless to say, I went to my first Wii “Fit” session skeptical but soon realized I had much to learn about the new gaming system.
At first, I did not want to get on the Wii balance board because I felt like I was too “macho.” But, as I watched others play, that thought changed. Rather than worry about my masculine appearance, I suddenly was afraid of trying out the board for fear of embarrassment—it looked incredibly difficult. Despite my best efforts to avoid it, my turn soon came.
Balancing, aerobics, strength training — which one did I think I could do and save most of my dignity? I took a walk on the balance beam and managed to make it all the way across to the other side, where my fellow Wii players were encouraging me. I felt pretty accomplished, until the others pointed out that I was on the lowest level of Beginner.
My view definitely has changed, and I give the Wii “Fit” two thumbs up. I recommend the system to anyone looking for an entertaining way to exercise, but I’m not sure my calves and obliques would tell you the same.
Mark Stephan is a senior in public relations. Please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.