The Wii Fit and Healthy Skeptism
One of the biggest gifts this year in the arena of 'sports/exercise' is the Wii Fit. It is billed as a game and an exercise space, only better, and it's virtually impossible to find. You can do everything from yoga to table balancing and apparently so many people are into it, a new affliction has been named for it (the Wii Knee:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechnology/3854172/Doctors-fear-a-Wii-knee-epidemic.html).
Here is a clip of Wii Fit in its idealized form:
A less idealized form (video contains possibly triggering attitude towards fat people):
Now, granted, that wasn't the best made video in the world, but it was humorous, and it does point out the fact that there is/are1. a certain amount of paranoia that comes with the weight loss aspect of the game and 2. many opportunities for machines to fuck a person's whole self-esteem up if those machines are given credit for knowing more than a doctor or your own damn self.
I myself hope that I can find a Wii out there somewhere. I love the idea of playing games through physical movement--and I think that things like this are especially awesome for women who want to move but face accessibility issues with getting outside or just aren't ready to "move" in front of other people yet.
But at the same time--if I (or you) manage to actually find one, I will be approaching it with a healthy sense of skepticism. The game appears to center weight loss over fun--and I intend on doing exactly the opposite!
Do you have a Wii Fit? Are you getting one for Christmas? What do you think of the Wii Fit so far? Would you ever buy one? Why or why not?
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