Which is better for at-home fitness? Wii Fit or Wii Fit Plus

Folks looking to start an at-home fitness regime using video games often have the same question: Should I buy the Wii Fit or the Wii Fit plus? Or sometimes, though less often, what is the difference between the two Wiis?

Actually, the two video games are pretty similar. They are both designed to help players get active and move more while having fun with video games. Nevertheless, there are subtle differences between the two games and so, for most users, it makes more sense to buy the Wii Fit Plus.

First, here are the benefits of the Wii Fit.

Launched in 2008, the Wii Fit immediately took the fitness world by storm changing the way individuals and families played games and viewed exercise.

The centerpiece of the Wii Fit system is the balance board. Players stand atop the balance board, and it interprets their movements letting them know how good or not so good they are doing. It board can also be used as a scale and determine a users BMI (body mass index), which the Wii Fit software can then track over time.

Of course, there is more to the Wii Fit than a fancy balance board. The system offers a plethora of different exercise activities, broken down into four types of fitness classes — yoga, aerobics, muscle and balance. Each class is stocked with a variety of movements that can be mixed and match to create a custom workout. Users will find 15 different yoga moves as well as 15 different muscle toning moves and about 9 moves in both the aerobics and balance classes.

Variety is more than the spice of life, it’s a must-have feature for any sustainable exercise program. The Wii Fit can definitely keep your fitness routine from becoming boring.

What features make the Wii Fit Plus standout?

The Wii Fit Plus, released on 2009, is basically an upgraded, modern, version of the same Wii Fit software.

The Wii Fit PLus includes all of the activities that come standard on the Wii Fit as well as another 15 more aerobics and balance games, and six new yoga and strength coaching activities. The Wii Fit software is more advanced, too. Players can now keep an eye on how many calories they burn or even make a customized fitness routine to be stored on the device.

Even though there is very little difference between the Wii Fit and the Wii Fit Plus, the latter system offers more variety and control.

Whichever device you ultimately decide on, chances are you can find a refurbished or gently used model. Of course, if you’re anxious to buy your Wii Fit Plus fitness system right away (and who would blame you?), we’ve picked out a few Wii Fit bundles and accessories to help you get started.

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