How to buy the best Wii fitness games
A Wii fitness game buying guide
Working out isn't always enjoyable, but with the top Wii fitness games, you can make your workouts fun and interactive. Wii fitness game features include instruction for various workout routines, the ability to customize your routine and the ability to track your progress.
>> Consider who will be playing the game
You can buy Wii fitness games for children and adults. The best Wii fitness games are ones that the whole family can enjoy. Family Party: Fitness Fun and Just Dance Kids are both Wii family games that contribute to daily exercise while creating a fun environment. Many of the top Wii fitness games for kids focus on dance or sports, fun activities for children.
Fitness Wii games for adults often feature a personal trainer. These video games center on a certain activity or focus on a certain muscle group, like the abs or glutes. Some of the best Wii fitness games for adults feature celebrities such as Jenny McCarthy and Jillian Michaels. Other adult workout games include Zumba games, Just Dance, Wii Fit and workout games that focus on sports, such as NFL Football training or UFC training.
>> Consider the types of Wii fitness games
There are many Wii fitness games centered on dance that kids and adults can enjoy. There are general dance fitness games, like the Just Dance series and Gold's Gym Dance Workout. Just Dance also has a series of kids' dance games, which have a dance-for-fitness mode. You can burn 150 to 300 calories an hour playing the dance games.
If you like dance, consider Zumba exercise games for the Wii. Zumba is a fast-paced Latin dance workout that has gained popularity in the United States over the last decade. The Zumba Wii fitness game collection encompasses many different types of Zumba games that focus on specific areas of the body, like the core.
The chart below describes some Wii games.
Wii fitness games type
|Average calories burned* ||150 to 300 per hour ||Up to 1,000 per hour ||150 to 400 per hour ||150 to 500+ per hour ||50 to 300 per hour |
|Workout level ||Fair to moderate ||Moderate to intermediate ||Moderate ||Moderate to intermediate ||Fair to moderate |
|Fitness plans ||Yes, but limited ||Yes, depends on game ||Yes, 30 days to 9 weeks ||Yes, 30 to 90 days ||Yes, 30 days to 9 weeks |
|Accessories ||None ||None ||Resistance bands, heart rate monitor ||Balance board, resistance bands and heart rate monitor ||Balance board |
*Calories burned depend on the quality of the workout and the actual time spent working out.
Personal training games are some of the best Wii fitness games to buy if you're serious about working out. These include games with personal trainers such as Jillian Michaels and Harley Pasternak and The Biggest Loser Challenge (with the Biggest Loser coaches). Many of these games focus on the entire body, but they can be customized according to the type of workout you want. Personal trainer Wii games have great reviews overall and allow you to get in shape if you work hard at them.
Wii sports fitness games are challenging. They offer the same training moves and workouts as the sports they tout. The EA SPORTS Active games offer you a challenging workout with excellent results if you follow the program and recommended amounts of exercise. Active NFL Training Camp is one of the EA SPORTS Active games; users consider it the most challenging. You will go through the rigorous workouts the NFL players go through, which will whip you into shape. Consider trying the Wii UFC Trainer, which walks you through the training moves of the top UFC fighters.
Another category of the top Wii fitness games is general fitness games, such as Wii Fit, Wii Fit Plus and Gold's Gym Cardio Workout. These games offer different types of workout moves that incorporate stretches and cardio. You can customize your workout and the games and even keep track of your progress over time.
>> Consider Wii fitness game accessories
Some new Wii fitness games come with extra accessories. Wii Fit games come with a balance board when purchased as a bundle. If you purchase any of the EA SPORTS games, you will receive a kit with accessories that include resistance bands and a heart rate monitor.
Many of the best Wii fitness games require specific accessories in order to work. You will need at least one Wii Nunchuk and Wii Remote Plus for all the top Wii fitness games. Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus require the Wii balance board. The EA SPORTS games do not require the accessories they come with, but those are helpful. Each of the EA SPORTS games works with a Wii balance board.
>> Considerations when buying used Wii fitness games
When you think about the best Wii fitness games to buy, don't discount used games. You can find a huge list of Wii fitness games in used versions at reasonable prices. The main difference between used and new Wii fitness games is that sometimes accessories do not come with a used game. This means that when you buy used Wii fitness games, you may also have to purchase the video game accessories associated with them. Most items, like the Wii balance board, can also be purchased used.