Get a Better Quad Workout with the Wii Fit

Winter is tough for me, as far as fitness and weight loss. As you well know, we have very cold temperatures and snow off and on for about 4-5 months each year. It’s so easy to curl up under a blanket with a big plate of pasta (after all, I am half Italian) and wait for winter to pass!

When we had that HUGE snow storm a few weeks ago, totaling about 12 inches of snow in less than 18 hours, we were floored!  I really love one good snow each year, as long as we can get out of the house in a day or two. But the thing I don’t like about the big snow is the cabin fever!

We had a fabulous time with the kids, playing Wii and Wii Fit, expending some of that pent up energy. They ran with me, and had competitions with the Ski Jump and other games. We played Tennis and Bowling, and it was MUCH nicer than just sitting around all day. (lots better then the bickering that happens between three girls, too!)

That night, we had our ritual game night with the neighbors, who are kidless in their early 20’s. It seems we are so busy that it’s hard to connect, unless a big storm stops us in our snowy tracks. It was very interesting watching folks play the Wii Fit for the very first time. I guess I’ve been using it so long that it just seems like second nature. And it was a little comical watching their reactions, I have to admit.

One thing I noticed was that playing the balance games, they bent at the waist while trying to shift their weight. It was frustrating for them to try to make the Mii move this way.

My tip for making the Mii do what you want is to bend your knee in the direction you want your Mii to shift. Start in a slight squat with both knees slightly bent. If you want your Mii to go left, bend your left knee, etc. Keep your core tight, as you hold in your abs and glutes. This naturally results in a better quad workout. Try doing the advanced soccer a few times without feeling the burn!

The Featured video on the top right of the page shows me doing the technique.  So click it if you are more of a visual learner, or just want to laugh at me!.