Are Wii Fit? Nintendo Helps Make a Dent

Interactive system great for busy parents, and earns trainer's respect
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser User
Posted May 15, 2008 1:32 PM CDT

(Newser) – Nintendo’s Wii Fit system can turn a couch potato into a workout warrior—or at least make that potato a bit less lumpy, Seth Schiesel writes in the New York Times. The system, launching in North America next week, could be THE next big home fitness trend, pushing that treadmill out to the curb and banishing the Thighmaster forever.

Wii Fit offers interactive yoga, running, and strength training, guiding users through exercises, tracking progress, and rating performance. “You can definitely get a workout," an exercise physiologist said after two days with Fit, which sells for $90 (plus $250 for the Wii console, if you can find one). “This makes exercise fun and I think it will help to motivate a lot of lazy folks.”