Does Your Wii Make You Sweat?

Okay, I guess that sounds a little obscene. I’ve been thinking about my lack of an active exercise regime and I think it boils down to one thing: exercise is boring.

I was in much better shape during college, when I played organized sports with local leagues. Roller hockey and pick-up football and basketball were great ways to stay in shape and have a bit of fun as well. Now, I’m so damned busy, waking up at dawn for the commute and getting home from work well after dark, that I barely have time for a jog, much less the motivation to go punish my body with mindless running.

So then this article from the WSJ surfaces, talking about how "Nintendo’s new [Wii] system forces players to move their bodies," and details a few Wii enthusiasts who are getting their workouts from the new gaming console, and waking up sore the next day.

I guess it’s probably too good to be true. Nintendo PR’s response to the whole thing: "If people are finding themselves sore, they may need to exercise more."

Part of me wonders how much of this is truth and how much is Nintendo walking the PR line. I mean, let’s face it: gamers aren’t typically the most fit bunch, right? So maybe the last thing that Nintendo wants its target audience to think is that this new Wii thing? It’s a hell of a lot of work and if you’re looking for a game you can cuddle up with before bed and wind down to, you should maybe look elsewhere.

If I had the money, I’d get one. I’m sure it’s not much of a workout, but at this point, anything is an improvement. Either way, it sounds like a whole lot of fun.


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