Friday, July 11, 2008

Ray's regrets


I'm sure there are a few, but one of the things I suspect Ray might regret is asking me to blog my Wii Fit experience. Because, you know, I will. In detail.

Today I had a 20 minute workout which included
  • hula hooping
  • jogging
  • leg extensions
  • torso and waist twists
  • a lecture about my crappy balance (screw you, machine! I'll show you!)
  • step class
  • slalom skiing (which involved letting down my tiny Mii skiier, because I am unbalanced)
Life lessons taught today: I should visualise my ideal body while doing my muscle exercises (this is actually true, I should do that).

Conclusions come to about Wii today: I am going to ditch the male trainer in favour of the female one, because until now I didn't notice he has a stupid tiny ponytail and his smug gob makes me want to kick him.

Favourite exercise: Running, because it gives you nice backgrounds to run past so you feel like you're making progress, and you have a pacer Mii who runs just in front of you. Also, tiny Nintendogs run up to you periodically during your run, thus mirroring REAL LIFE. I believe it will not be long before Nintendo make a Wii Fit/Nintendog crossover, where you can bring your Nintendogs out for a run on your Wii Fit. Perhaps this has already happened.

I am thinking of making a new blog, which will just blog the Wii Fit, so that people who couldn't give a crap about my exercise "program" can avoid reading about it. I predict my enthusiasm for it will last approximately six months, though, so maybe it's not worth it.

The thing is, I do feel like a bit of a tool for having this latest gadget and getting all excited about it, but the thing is that it fulfils a long-held desire to be able to do a bit of running and training and so on without anyone seeing me.

6 comments:

Andrew Farrell said...

Nintendogs is apparently the second highest selling game of all time! Well, not counting those that you can get for free when you buy the console (eg, Tetris for the Gameboy). 18 million! Blimey.

I would be interested in your blog, either here or there. I think I'll be getting a Wii Fit when my flatmate Emma moves out in September and I move into her room. I agree about the attraction of the privacy, and also I like the idea of something that will tell you how much to do, so that you don't go mental and be knackered the next day.

Ray said...

I can always strike back by blogging about my own adventures in exercise (5 days this week - 23 minutes on the elliptical trainer each day (3 minutes at each end to warm up, 3 5 minute bursts, and two 1 minute breaks) - not as interesting as the Wii but short and hard enough not to be boring)
but that would require both blogging, and being bored by your blogging, which I amn't.

Ammonite said...

I don't have a problem with it. In fact I think it's a good positive feedback mechanism.

mylescorcoran said...

Apparently you can follow the dog and not your running mate in the jogging game and uncover whole new routes.

I'm not sure if the dog leads you to a tasty half-eaten chicken or something nasty a fox left though. That would be verisimilitude.

accentmonkey said...

Unfortunately, Andrew, it doesn't really tell you to stop. It does gently suggest from time to time that you might like to consider taking a break, but it doesn't lock you out or anything. Maybe it should (I hope you're writing all this down, Nintendo).

Myles, can you really follow the dogs? Fantastic. I'm so doing that tomorrow. After I get back from, you know, following some dogs.

mylescorcoran said...

I haven't tried it myself, but the cheats (e.g. http://www.gamespot.com/wii/sports/wiifit/hints.html?mode=secrets) say:

Alternate Jogging Routes
When jogging, occasionally a dog will run past you and your trainer. Quickly sprint past the trainer and you will follow the dog instead, taking you on a different route around the island.

Sounds good to me.