Ah, the holiday season. A chance to spend time with loved ones….eating.
A time to go out and celebrate. And eat.
A time to have more excuses to stuff your face than any other time of the year. (With the possible exception of birthdays. After forty, the only way through a birthday is with spoon in one hand, ice cream in the other.)
This holiday season, however, I am offering you an out: A free copy of Wii Fit Plus.
In my never ending quest to be – if not thin – then at least thinner than I have been most of my adult life, I have tried it all. Starting back in High School when I went on The Woman Doctor’s Diet for Teenaged Girls (which involved eating nothing but oranges and hamburgers for a week. Really) to the low-fat hi-carb/lo-carb-high fat crazes, to relatively sane diets like Weight Watchers, or simply shutting my mouth every once in a while. (I’m writing a book about that one, it’s going to be called: The Get up off your Lazy Ass and Stop Stuffing your Face Diet.)
But the bottom line for me, a woman who has weighed more or less the same (within 5 pounds – other than pregnancy) for more than twenty-five years, is that I need to exercise to change my body. (or get Swine Flu. Neither a very tempting option.)
I have more excuses for NOT going to the gym than reasons to go there. I don’t have time. I have a headache. I have to cook dinner/go shopping/write a post/pull out my toenails with a tweezer. Basically, ANYTHING but exercise. But then this new crop of exercise games for the Wii showed up. The Wii Fit basically ruined any chance I had of ever having a believable, justifiable excuse not to exercise.
For those of you who haven’t heard of it (like, say, those of you who never read, watch tv, listen to the radio, or are anywhere within 100 feet of a child) the Wii Fit was Nintendo’s genius idea to make the already pretty good for exercising Wii into a true exercise machine. The Wii Fit tracks your exercise success by letting you set weight loss and BMI goals, and then letting you know who you’re doing. You get an avatar trainer. and then follow along with the Mii’s as you do a series of balance, strenght, or aerobic exercises. It’s fun, and it works. (Not that it’s the greatest workout ever, but it sure beats sitting at home and typing on a computer, which is what I’m doing right now. Yeah.)
The Wii Fit Plus, the latest incarnation of their already enormously successful game, takes it all one step farther. Now you get to choose your workout, personalize it, set how much time you want to spend, pick a pre-set routine, or make up your own. There’s a locker room, and more choices, more ways to personalize.
I’d do it more myself, but I have to cook dinner/go shopping/write a post/give away my copy. (full disclosure: it’s one of two free copies that Nintendo sent me. One for review, one to give away. And I’m giving it.)
So, do you want to get in shape without having to leave your home? Or, if it doesn’t really get you in shape, do you want to at least not turn into a total slug in this, the how much can you eat in one six week period holiday season?
Leave a comment below, telling me what holiday indulgence is your worst, and I’ll enter you to win a brand-spanking new copy of Wii Fit Plus. (please note: you need to own a Wii Fit Balance Board to use this game. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.) Winner will be chosen by random.org on Sunday, December 13th at 9pm. Contest open to US residents 18 and older.
Want more chances to win? Link back to this post on your own website, and I’ll enter you again every time someone links over. Tweet this contest, and include the hashtag #hip2housewife giveaway, and I’ll enter you yet again.
Hey, everyone could use a little flab insurance over the holidays. Why not you?
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