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Nintendo Wii: Wii Fit Doesn’t Help Fitness Levels?

A new study conducted by the University of Mississippi has concluded that three months of Wii Fit use produced no significant changes in daily physical activity, muscular fitness, flexibility, balance or body composition for families as a whole.

During the six-month research, University of Mississippi team followed eight families in the Oxford area who were loaned a Nintendo Wii Fit to use for three months.

The study was broken into two parts so that each family’s physical activity was charted during three months without a Nintendo Wii Fit in the home and three months with the game system in the home.

Each family was evaluated through a number of different fitness measurements, including aerobic fitness, balance and body composition.

Lead researcher Scott Owens, UM associate professor of health and exercise science, found that three months of home Wii Fit use produced no significant changes in daily physical activity, muscular fitness, flexibility, balance or body composition for families as a whole.

In addition, daily Wii Fit use per household declined by 82 percent, from 22 minute per day during the first six weeks to four minutes per day during the second six weeks.

Owens concluded that the Wii Fit had little impact on daily fitness and that that “modest amounts of daily Wii Fit use may have provided insufficient stimulus for fitness changes.”

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15 comments

  1. It’s a video game in all fairness… If you really wanted to get fit you wouldn’t be jumping up and down in front of your TV… Go outside… or a Gym.

  2. Eh… Fitness is a mental thing that has a phyical effect. If any person thought Wii Fit was made to make you fit then they are wasting Scientific research time. Wii Fit is only created to track progress of fitness, balance, and agility. It was not designed to actual make you loose weight or gain musle. And there are no advertisments about the Wii Fit to suggest such a thing.

  3. In consideration, i can understand where the decline in activity to the game comes from. People get over that “period” in which their dedicated to something rather quickly. Happens with almost anything. One reason with the obesity thing.

    Never owned wii fit before, so i can’t really comment on how it wouldn’t do the same basic thing if you used it on a daily basis; same amount of time of regular excersize.

  4. I love wii fit. all of my friends and family love it. no body really cares if its a work out or not. they just care about it being fun.

    my own personal study shows that wii fit does help me keep in shape when I can’t go out side in the cold rain.

    quit trying to prove things wrong and try to enjoy life

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