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  • And now for something completely different:

    Whoa, felt like John Cleese there for a moment. And if you're my age and don't know who that is....well, you missed a little growing up.

    But today was completely different, at least as far as exercise goes. I'm always open to new things, so I decided to check out the Wii Fit program. And I have to tell you, I am impressed.

    First, after selecting your Mii and setting up your information, the program guides you through a Body Test to help you see where you are at the moment. You do a few movements to determine balance and strength, then the program shows you your weight and Body Mass Index. You can even do a set of balance tests to more accurately give you an idea of your fitness.

    When you have completed the Body Test, the program takes you to a board where you can select several activities, including Yoga, Strength Training, Balance Games, or Aerobic Activity. There is a fifth choice labeled Favorites. Apparently, when you have done this several times, the program will remember the activities you like to do most often.

    I went through the first eight positions of Yoga, then on to eight Strength Training exercises. Many of the Yoga moves are coupled to equivalent Strength Training moves that work on the same muscle groups. After I was mildly perspiring, I chose the Balance Games area and found out I am not a talented ski jumper, tightrope walker, or balancer of balls on platforms. But each game forced my body to move and bend in all sorts of directions, and I could feel the various muscle groups getting their workout. I concluded my thirty minutes of exercise with a 3 minute jog in place behind a guide runner.

    Then I added my abdominal exercises to the routine. After 30 minutes of the Wii Fit, the 60 bicycles and 150 situps were not that easy to accomplish. I finished them, but I could feel my heart rate up near the same amount I usually get on my Gazelle.

    Mind you, the Wii Fit program is not a substitute for my weight bench or my Gazelle, and tomorrow I will be back to my regular routine. But if you are looking for an alternative to weights and running, you could do worse. It's an excellent product and actually a lot of fun.

    I hope you are all having a blessed day.

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