Day Twelve: Jogging with the Kitty Kats

No change in weight today. That’s better than an increase. I’m now within 1 BMI point of the normal threshold. That sounds really close, but it’s actually about 7.5 pounds away. Or, roughly 4% of me that needs to dissolve away before the balance board will stop playing the tubby elephant trumpet.

Wii Fit Weight - October 18th, 2009

My Wii Fit Age is looking good, for whatever that’s worth. 22 wasn’t my favorite year, but I’m sure I had some good times.

Wii Fit Age - October 18th, 2009

Since it was an EA Sports Active day of rest, I chose to dig into Wii Fit Plus. I had a surprisingly fun time with the Training Plus games, and before I knew it, almost an hour had gone by. I switched over to aerobics at that point and ended up clocking in an hour and half.

Wii Fit Plus Time - October 18th, 2009

The game seems to think I burned in excess of 300 calories. I’m not so sure about that. Some of the Training Plus games were really not all that intense. I’d be surprised if they were burning significantly more calories than sitting still. But the balance board has a more optimistic (and possibly delusional) point of view.

Wii Fit Plus Calories - October 18th, 2009

I discovered the alternate paths in Basic Run Plus, which make the experience a lot more fun. The game is as simple as can be. You hold the Wii remote and run in place to jog around Wuhu Island while a kitten guides you along a path. However at certain points a different kitten will cross paths ahead of you. At these moments, you can quicken your pace to pass your guide and join up with the other cat. The new kitten will then lead you on a different route through the island.

At the end of the jog, you are quizzed on what you saw along the way. Each kitten takes you on a different route past different landmarks. Some are pretty obvious; for example, 8-bit super mario pictures plastered on a pillar? But others are more subtle. How many puppies did you see? Who was the Mii standing on the roof? Which kitten did you finish with?

These questions force you to pay attention to your surroundings during the jog, which makes the experience a lot more engaging. What’s more, the alternate paths take you well off the trail; running along mountain sides and leaping off rooftops. This variety also keeps you more engaged, since you’re wondering what you’ll see or do next.

Overall I wouldn’t consider today’s workout to be very intense, but it was a lot of fun.