wikiHow to Lose Weight with Wii Sports

The Nintendo Wii is probably the only other console than Xbox Kinect that requires you to move almost your whole body to play a game. It comes with a free game called Wii Sports. You can have a swing at the baseball or train up hard on the boxing. You may have also discovered that it is a great way to keep fit while having fun and bonding with friends or family. This article shows that it is possible a daily work out can be fun, without the extra expense of a Wii fit!


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    Purchase your Wii. Most game retailers will sell them, however due to high demand you may have to be put onto a waiting list (which could be anything from days to months, depending on the popularity in your particular area and whether or not there are other game retailers in the vicinity). You could also scour the internet on sites like eBay for second hand consoles if you can't afford one brand new or you simply can't wait on that list any longer!
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    Set your Wii up once you get home. Follow the instructions in the manual on how to plug it into your TV and sync your Wii remote (If you have purchased more than one remote). Everything you need (eg Wii remote, Nunchuk, cables etc) will be included in the package.
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    Open your Wii sports game. Your Wii sports game will be included in the box your console arrived in. Remember it is very important you use the wrist strap as there is a chance it could come flying out of your hand during game play and injure someone. It could also damage possessions like that very expensive TV you might have.
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    Do a Wii fitness age test, or you can simply start training. Aim to do 30 minutes game play everyday on Wii sport. Make sure you use full body movement, e.g. when hitting the tennis ball, do it as if you were playing real tennis, moving around and using full swing.
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    Decide which sport you're going to play. Boxing is really good and done right, you can burn ~125 calories per 15 minutes. Golf and bowling don't require you to move much and thus aren't very effective.
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    When you get thirsty, stay away from the tonics, juices, or other high caffeine, sugar drinks. Guzzle water instead.
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    Keep your original diet if you want to, or you could cut out sugary snacks and substitute healthy fruit and veg to speed up weight loss. Even if you don't change your diet, it is still possible to lose weight
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    Don't expect results straight away. It takes dedication, patience and motivation for anything to start happening.
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    Keep at it! If you really can't be bothered, get up and try it anyway. If after 10 minutes you still feel lethargic, stop playing. However you may start to enjoy the movement and continue to play the full 30 minutes.


  • If you want to speed up weight loss, make some changes to your diet. Eat healthily and drink more water instead of soft drinks and caffeine.
  • Make sure you get enough sleep at night or you will feel tired.
  • Do some simple stretches to warm your muscles up before play and prevent the risk of pulling anything during extravagant gameplay.
  • It is normal your upper arms will ache the day after playing Nintendo Wii for the first time. This is just your body getting used to the exercise and the ache will go in a few days. If it doesn't or is absolutely agonizing, discontinue playing your Wii and arrange to see a doctor.
  • Keep a diary and weigh yourself weekly. This will help you keep track of your progress and give you motivation when you feel like giving up.
  • Playing with friends or family can make it more fun and improve your relationship with them.


  • If you experience convulsions, loss of awareness, dizziness, nausea, or muscle twitching, or if you just feel ill, seek medical attention IMMEDIATELY.
  • If you suffer from epilepsy or other medical condition, consult a doctor before gameplay.
  • Take breaks when playing. Even if you feel you don't need them - it is important you don't overexert yourself.
  • Always use the wrist strap and make sure you have plenty of space to play, thus avoiding personal injury or injury of other people.

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