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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Getting Fit, The modern way (maybe)

Well it is that time of year. The time when everyone starts to think they over indulged at Christmas and they have an excess of stomach/bum/thigh that they need to get rid of. In this day and age there are one million and one ways to loose weight. Shakes, Diets, Detox's, Vibration machines and of course hard work and exercise are just a few of the ways. However in recent times there has been a new entry into the fitness/health/weight loss arena and that is Fitness video games.

The advent of the Wii fit has bombarded gamers with promises to improve their health and enhance their fitness. The question is of course, do they actually work? Well I am going to test it out. One recent addition to this genre of game is EA Sports Active 2 (EA SA2). I recently procured this (on the PS3) to see if a video game can actually improve my health and well being. EA SA2 comes with 2 motion sensors (one for the arm and one for the leg), a Heart monitor and an elastic exercise band and promises the user a traditional fitness workout in front of their TV.

Caution: Large amounts of sweat predicted in the future.
My plan is as follows. I will partake in the game's 9 week challenge. I will follow this challenge to the letter and complete all exercises to the best of my abilities. I will keep track of my resting heart rate, waist measurement and weight over the 9 week challenge and note any changes for comparison. I will also follow any fitness and diet advice the game has to offer as best as possible.

The reason I am doing this is two fold. First is I need to loose weight and get fit. It is no secret that I need to drop a few kegs but finding the time to do exercise can be difficult with 2 kids, a full time job and a loving wife all demanding your attention. This may be the solution to my time problems. The second reason is do these games actually work? Can you really improve yourself by jumping up and down in front of a TV and looking like an idiot in the process.

From Monday next week I will begin the challenge and I will be putting updates on this blog weekly telling you all how I am going and what changes (if any) have occurred. So fingers crossed folks and wish me luck, because this could be a real life altering challenge brought to me by a video game!

From This to This? Only time will tell!

1 comment:

  1. looking forward to following your blog, best of luck. I am sure there are going to be some amusing stories.