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Date: 5/4/11 9:56 PM

I just heard about the Zumba Wii program today.....did a search for exercise dvds and I am lost!!! I looked at the Insanity, PX90, Slim in 6, Zumba, and on & on. It is mind boggling. I am getting older and have gained weight....what is the best for an out of shape, need to lose some pounds person, that is good, and works well???? Any ideas?? What has worked for you????

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Date: 5/4/11 10:12 PM

My husband and I just purchased a Wii, we are in our early 50s and so far have only used the sports programs that came with the set. WE are SORE. Of course we are really out of shape anyway, but it is a good start to get us moving.

We also have Just Dance 2, but haven't tried it out yet. I own several exercise DVDs, including Billy Banks Boot Camp...never used them. I needed more interaction.

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Date: 5/4/11 10:36 PM

Which of the sports programs did you do with your Wii? We play bowling twice a week. You can move around like you are really bowling or just move your arm if you have a sore foot like I do. Still, you can get a small sweat going if you play 4 games in a row! I am mid 50's and my hubby is almost 51. We have not been active in a few years, so this is the best way to get started.

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Date: 5/4/11 10:43 PM

I have the XBox Kinect and I love it. It is a great, fun way to get moving and play games together with your family.
I really love the adventure games that came with the console the most. As someone who was never into gym class or games, this a super way to play dodgeball without all those other kids laughing!

I will say, with some of the games you really have to watch your knees.
Oh, and don't forget about those low ceiling fans!

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Date: 5/5/11 0:58 AM

We have a Wii and the Wii Fit Balance Board. When I started using it I just did the Wii Fit exercises and games -- yoga, strength, balance, etc. We then got the EA Active and I used that a lot -- you can actually set up a program for a 4 week period and it sets up a program of exercises that you do on scheduled days. I started these on Easy and actually did a second 4 week program at Medium.

Next step up was the EA Active More Workouts which was a more intense workout and offered a 6 week program -- I did this one at Medium. They also have a lot of pre-set workouts that you can do in addition to the 6 week program. Finished that one sometime in February.

These workouts/systems use the Wii remote and the nunchuk as well as the balance board for some exercises.

At Christmas we picked up the EA Active 2 at Costco when it was marked down. This version incorporates wireless technology -- you use a leg band and an armband and the armband is also a heart monitor. While you need the Wii remote to navigate around, you don't use it for most of the exercises. I've done the 3 week Cardio Kick Start program twice on this system -- once on Easy and once on Medium. These workouts are more intense which is why I started at Easy. Next step for me will be the 3 part - 9 week program which I will start once I'm back from Chicago.

I haven't used any of the other systems but I am very happy with the Wii system. I like the variety and the ability to keep track of lifestyle choices as well as other physical activities. You can also design custom workouts (one I do a couple of times a week is a 30 minute step aerobic workout that I created from the menu options). You can use free weights or you can use the bands for doing the arm exercises (I use the weights -- I picked up bean bag weights which I find much easier to hold).

The Wii is not my only fitness/exercise but it is definitely a part of my weekly routine. My trainer totally approves of the way the programs are laid out.

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Date: 5/5/11 4:25 AM

I love to do workout dvds. I have an collection of workout dvds from easy to hard and I try to do a diffrent workout each day. I have went from 160 to 135 in about eight months. So I have lost a total of 25 pounds. One of the biggest things that helped me was Jorge Cruise diet. The only downfall is that you have to count calories, but it is quite easy after a while because your body will get use to it.
some of my fav dvd is ...

Billy Blank Bootcamp - hard workout but kicks you in shape real quick

Turbo Jam- super fun workout with great music

Walk Away The Pounds- easy cardio workout with great results

Biggest Looser workout- love it for the selection of workouts

*I am 18 years old and these exercises help keep me fit and felling stronger everyday. I hope this helps

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Date: 5/5/11 6:48 AM

Before you buy any DVD's, check out YouTube videos. There are tons of exercise videos that are awesome, and I have many saved to favorites. I pick and choose some good short ones and play them back when needed. I work out at the gym mostly, but I enjoy doing YouTube Pilates videos.

If you like Pilates, google Cassey Ho Blogilates. Her blog has all her videos on the sidebar and boy! They are intense, but great. She has some quick, short-burst cardio workouts as well.
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Date: 5/5/11 8:27 AM

Whichever one you pick, remember they only work if you do them. I have both the Wii and DVD and video workouts. I find it boring to work out alone in my house so I don't do it very often.

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Date: 5/5/11 8:33 AM

I have the Wii Fit and used it only a couple times. I have one of the older versions though but find it cumbersome. So many things to push to get to the next step. Maybe it's better now. I do love the Wii for the other sports like tennis and bowling, but they are what you make them. You can sit on the couch and flick your wrist or you can get up and move. The dance programs are fun too. I guess it depends on what you're looking for. Do you want to just get up and move or do you want something to track your progress closely?

My favorite DVDs are the Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds that I believe someone else suggested. I used to work nights and we had a DVD player and a TV and I would pop those in and do them. If you're out of shape they are fairly low impact and while you will feel it, I don't think you will hurt. She has many of them and they are cheap like $10 each and they have various levels on them.

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Date: 5/5/11 8:33 AM

I have Wii fit plus (if I'm correct) and it's great. The think I like about it is your results are automatically recorded from the start, tons of games on various areas like balancing and aerobics. Tips and other neat thing are on the Wii.

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