of health and exercise at the University of Mississippi ran
out of things to do and decided to conduct a study of eight families to
find out whether Nintendo's Wii Fit would have a positive effect on
their fitness. It didn't.
The study lasted over a year and families were monitored through
3-month cycles. Families used Wii Fit for three months, then paused for
the next three months. The study concluded young kids do indeed stand
to benefit from Wii Fit, as they exhibited 'an increase in aerobic
fitness'. However, older and presumably fatter family members showed
few if any changes.
The families also seem to have gotten quite bored with the game over
the course of the study. During the first month and a half, family
members spent an average of 22 minutes playing Wii Fit, but over the
course of the study this number went down to just 4 minutes.
So here's a Fudzilla fitness tip - if you want to get into shape, just
stop eating so much, go out and do stuff. It didn't work for us, but it
might work for you.