One Year With Wii Fit U

Wii Fit U

Two days ago I noticed a battery indicator flashing on my Wii Fit Meter. I realized it was time to get a new battery for it and I researched what I needed to do. Come to find out, it’s been about a year since I got Wii Fit U . The software was free since I bought the meter and already owned a Wii Fit board. The replacement is easy to do, it takes a 3 volt watch battery, a CR 2032 type. Unscrew the back and it comes off. Then press on the old battery and pull it out. Then put the new battery in. You have to put one end in and then press down on the other end. The top part is where you put the new battery in and then push down on the bottom.

Wii Fit Meter

After replacing it, I’m thinking I will have two years until I have to buy another battery. The pack I got at Target had two batteries. Also, make sure you transfer your data from the meter to your Wii U BEFORE you replace the battery. I noticed that my record got erased when I changed the battery. It still had my calorie goal and the time was correct. Everything else gets wiped.

Looking back on my year’s progress, it looks like I’m at just about where I started. I gained some weight by the time I got Wii Fit U. I wasn’t exerting often back then. I do tend to have trouble sticking with it, but since my first physical exam from my doctor, I’ve lost about 10 pounds. That was 6 months ago. I have been able to keep up with it and now I have added The Iron Gym to my workout. I feel like my workout is more complete. I’m happy that I can use Wii Fit U for aerobics, yoga, and lower body strength training and use The Iron Gym for upper body. I’m unstoppable! Haha, well, not yet. 😉

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June Gloom Walk

Yesterday morning I decided to take a little detour from my typical Wii Fit U workouts. A friend of mine, Mark, visited me he other day to help give me some exercise tips. I thought I’d share some interesting pictures of my little trek: IMG_1008I think that was my favorite shot. The lake is man-made and quite big. There a lot of people walking and running around the lake. I passed runners while I was walking. I passed a woman running around the lake three times. I thought that was impressive, at least compared to my ability. No, I didn’t giver her the thumbs up or say anything. There are several stations around the lake that one can use to exercise. I had decided to use one in particular Normally I workout using Wii Fit U. I’ve talked about it before. The nice thing about having it is that I don’t have to go far to exercise. I also like the privacy. The only downside is that there is a limit to what you can do with your upper body. Sure there is the push up and side planks and a few others, but not enough. IMG_1010 This particular area has plenty of bars to do all sorts of things. I tried doing chin-ups and dips, but didn’t do well. I was able to do some pull-ups, hanging under a bar and pulling upwards. I liked those!

I walked to the lake instead of driving, so I could get a good warm up. I feel like the distance was more than enough and I may drive to the lake and some warm-ups at the station. There is a step workout area that would be a good place to warm up too. I just don’t like how long it takes to get there and I don’t really need a 20min warmup (which is about how long it takes to get to the right station from my house). IMG_1012

Probably the most fun part of the day was seeing the ducks and geese!

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Looks to me like they share a common ancestor ;).  On the way back, I ran into something I hadn’t noticed before:

IMG_1014 Yikes, looks like a repair is in order! I wonder if someone unscrewed the sign from the post. I saw another button with two missing screws from the sign, so I thought maybe someone was doing it.

Overall, the total workout was about an hour-long. That was mostly from walking. I’m thinking of doing two half hour Wii Fit U workouts to see how it compares in terms of effort.

Wii Fit U Is Here!

Wii Fit
Wii Fit (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today is the release of Wii Fit U, a game that I have been looking forward to for a long time. Nintendo is offering a special deal for people who have the previous Wii Fit titles. If you have a Wii U and a balance board, you can download the game and try it free for 31 days. After that, you can have the full game if you purchase a Wii Fit Meter for $20. Not bad at all. It’s similar to when Wii Fit Plus came out, replacing the original game, it was also $20. Of course, Wii Fit U is a better value as now  you get HD and some neat new features.

One of which are the dance games included with Wii Fit U which allow you to try different types of dancing. Jazz, Salsa, and Flamenco are three of the styles that I remember off-hand. There’s also a new personal trainer feature that allows the game to design your workout if you don’t feel like doing it yourself. There’s a lot of new stuff to do and of course you can use the gamepad for most of it instead of using a Wii Remote, which I like since it has better speakers. You can totally play the game while watching TV now, which is great. Nothing like exercising while watching The Twilight Zone!

The Wii Fit Meter looks cool. I haven’t gotten mine yet, but I will be getting in the mail today. It measures the physical activity you make throughout the day by clipping it to your pants. It can also measure elevation along with motion. It’s small too, so it doesn’t look like it really  adds any weight. You’d probably forget it’s even there! It can sync to the gamepad so you can display all the information from it onto the Wii U or you can see the information on the LCD screen right on the meter.  I think the best part of having the meter will be not needing to actually play the game. You could exercise outside of the game, like literally go for a walk and then add the data later. This is nice as before if you wanted to keep track of your routine, you were stuck with the game.

I’m happy that I don’t have to go into Wii Mode anymore to exercise and the brighter and crisper colors of the game are a welcome sight. The trainers have also gotten an upgrade and are more pleasant to look at, and sexy! 😉 Maybe that will help you get a bit more motivated! The only caveat is that there aren’t any new yoga or strength training exercises. Just the same ones from before, though still a good variety.

If you are looking for some encouragement from other users, there is a community that you can access right from the game. It’s basically like joining a club and you can communicate with other members. You can get tips, share some encouragement, right from the game instead of having to go to Miiverse. I’m not sure that I will use it, but it’s nice to know it’s there if I feel like being social.

I’m satisfied with the Wii U so far. I know there are some that are disappointed, but I think there are a lot of great games still to come. As they say, haters going to hate. For me, I’m going to stick with PC games using my Xbox controller and Wii U. Especially now that I have my Wii Fit U!