Working Out with the Wii on KTHV

THVideo: Click here and here to see me, Stefanie Bryant and Tom Brannon goofing around on the WiiFit.

I don’t just read the Arkansas business news headlines on “Today’s THV at Noon” — sometimes I’m called on to be Tom Brannon’s monkey. And it’s a role I’m been more than happy to fill.

This week, I pitched in on a C-Block segment on the Nintendo Wii’s WiiFit system. Julie Blackwood from Body Shape Pro Fitness was the guest and talked about how people could use the WiiFit system to exercise.

As I pointed out during the segment, Nintendo has done an interesting thing with its Wii system by targeting markets that don’t include typical “gamers.” Those markets include senior citizens, who can use the Wii and, to some extent, WiiFit, for low impact workouts and exercises in hand-eye coordination.

Games like Wii Sports are fun because they get you off the couch and moving. They’re even more fun when lots of people are around, making gaming even more of a social activity — in my limited experience with the system, its been a blast at parties.

WiiFit takes it step further. Instead of flicking your wrist and flailing your arms (like you do in Wii Sports), you’re moving your legs, leaning to and fro, balancing — even doing push-ups. You can do as much or as little as you like. And the system tracks all kinds of personal health stats.

It’s interesting to see video games moving beyond their traditional markets and into new territory. And consider this: A Bryant physical therapist I know, Adam Carson, is now using the Wii in his practice for lower extremity and shoulder rehab.

(Remember: You can stream the THV noon show every weekday here.)

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