Does Nintendo's Wii Fit Really Work?

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Wii Fit U (E3 2012)
Losing weight or getting fit is, without a doubt, one of the most common new year's resolutions there is.

It's understandable, of course; the excesses generally indulged in over the festive season tend to be rather unkind to one's waistline, and the beginning of a new year is as good a time as any to try and get into good habits.

Over time, the excuses start to appear, though. It's too expensive to go to the gym; it's too far away; it's embarrassing to work out in front of others; it's demoralizing to see people much fitter than you doing much better than you.

If you've ever thought any of those things, Wii Fit U is aimed squarely at you. But there's plenty to like here, even for those who take a deeper enjoyment in fitness as a hobby rather than simply as a means to try and shed a few turkey pounds.

Wii Fit U's biggest strength is in its flexibility. Between the exercises built into the software and the separate Fit Meter device, you can make use of it to track your activity levels and calories burned over a variety of exercises -- even those you're not actively using the software for.

The Fit Meter is a small Fitbit-style device that clips on to your belt. Once you've paired it with one of the users of the Wii Fit U software -- if your whole family is using it, you'll need one each -- it begins tracking your activity on a daily basis, including number of steps taken, how "active" those steps were (i.e. whether you were walking slowly or running fast, or anything in between) and your changes in altitude over the course of the day. Sync the device with Wii Fit U by using the infra-red connection with the Wii U GamePad and you'll be able to track your progress both in terms of various walking courses and various climbs -- over time you'll be able to do everything from walking around the Equator to climbing the Statue of Liberty -- and the calories you burned with the Fit Meter are credited to your daily workout...

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