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Sunday, 16 January 2011

Wii Patronise

Just before Christmas, we got a Wii Fit. My wife really wanted one. I was less keen, having experienced it at my parents' house. I knew I was unfit and didn't really need a machine to tell me so.

The problem I have is that I have a bad back. It was injured when I had to sleep on the floor when we had guests. The following morning I had a painful back injury that limited my movement. I ended up having physio on my back, that helped but I can't be as mobile as I once was.

Unfortunately, the Wii Fit board does not know that. It just lambastes me for not being as mobile as I can be. It also seems to favour my wife. If she doesn't use it for a day, it greets her nicely. If I don't use it for a day, it tells me off. This does not encourage me to use it further. It also comments if you try to exercise after 10pm (isn't it a bite late - shouldn't you be in bed), and if you do asks if you've cleaned your teeth yet. Not content with checking up on my posture it's concerned with my oral hygiene too.

That being said, there are times when I'm pleased with it, especially when it tells me my Wii fit age is around 25. As I approach 30 (next week), that's welcome news indeed. I also find the yoga moves very helpful for my back.

I suppose I am enjoying it. I just wish it had some context about my movement and that it was less patronising.