Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Move over Wii Fit - It's Zumba Time!

It's been out for ages but I bought Zumba Wii yesterday and my verdict is... BRILLIANT.  I'm not going to give you a review,  you can read tonnes of reviews at Amazon UK and Amazon US.  All I will say is that my Wii Fit might be going into a corner for a little while. :)

Zumba Wii has all the songs they play in my class. I am not sure why it's surprised me but it has, and I am SO happy about that. It's always a let down when you buy a really good DVD and it's set against crap music.

Here's the trailer if you  haven't seen it:

I'll let you know how I get on.  I know Zumba 2 is out but I want to save that for when I am fed-up of this one (it might be a while). Plus, I paid £17 for it. Bargain!


Monday, March 5, 2012

Do you Zumba?

I have been going to Zumba for the last four months and I love it! There is something about the music and the routines that put a big smile on my face. I love it so much I have thought about training as a Zumba instructor (when my little one is old enough) but I expect there is a big difference in taking a class and teaching a class.

When I Zumba (yeah I've turned it in to a verb) I think I am pretty good: I wiggle my hips in time, shake my shoulders without hitting anyone in the face with my 34DD breasts, and smile. I feel great, I feel sexy... and then I catch sight of myself in the mirror and this wonderful illusion in my head is faced with the reality: I look like an elephant, and a really stiff one at that.

Don't think I am being hard on myself. I am not. I actually look alright in my everyday clothing.  The time has come to get some new gym clothes as my current ones are not doing me ANY favours. Until this problem is sorted out, I don't think I will be training for anything just yet.  After all the aim is to get people to the class, not scare them away.  :)

Friday, March 2, 2012

The Wii Fit doesn't work?

Those aren't my words, it's what I have been reading in the news today. The sources say that the Wii Fit and balance board do not help children to get fit. That's true, but in conjunction with other things it can help.  The Wii Fit is never going to replace exercise completely, especially for children.

Kids should be getting plenty of exercise naturally. They should be playing outside in their gardens,  with their friends in the park or out on the road. If it's too cold (or unsafe) they can play games indoors like Hide & Seek, or dance around to music.. that in addition to playing 'active' games on the Wii. 

The Wii Fit is primarily for adults. It helps motivate and get us moving when the last thing we want to do is travel to the gym or undertake strenuous exercise. It spurs us on and in doing so we make changes to our diets, and start upping the ante a little by adding more activity to our daily life.  That's what it did for me anyway.

It's a great tool for adults and there are some fun games for children, but if that is the only source of activity in your child's life then it is safe to say they are not getting the exercise, that as a growing human, they need.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Let me introduce myself....

'Arwight! Hello! G'day! 

(I can only speak English, American and Australian therefore I have no further salutations to add to my  'Greetings of the World' repetoire.)

My name is Jackie and I am a married mum of one who recently discovered the Wii and I LOVE it! Like most other new mums I was attracted to the Nintendo Wii because of the Wii Fit; my baby weight needed some help in shifting and I thought the Wii Fit would help motivate me to exercise at home.

Needless to say it worked, but ONLY because I persevered. No way am I svelte but I am two stone lighter and I attribute a lot of that down to the Wii Fit. This has left me with an addiction of another kind... playing on the Wii.   I thought at 32 I would be 'too old' to get into such things but it's great fun and I now consider myself a genuine girl gamer.  ;)

I play a lot of Brain Training too which helps with exercising the grey matter; in this case, helping to keep it grey and active, and not allowing it to blacken and rot - I desperately need all my brain cells. Baby brain is real I tells ya!

Anyhow, I thought I would write about my current favourite hobby and if I come across any interesting news, games or accessories. I will share them with you.

Bye for now.  Jackie. x