Wii-based fitness classes begin
With reports in recent months noting the benefit a spot of high-intensity play can do for gamers waistlines, it was only a matter of time before things took the next logical step - and now they have. Scottish fitness instructor Zander Urquhart has begun to offer her skills as part of a Wii fitness classes.
The boss of WestCoast Fitness, 32, will offer the classes to those who wouldn't normally be attracted to 'traditional' exercise classes. The entrepreneurial instructor got the inspiration for a class based around the console after watching one teenager work up quite a sweat playing the console.
"At first I took it along to private clients who had children that didn't take part in exercise - and they loved it," Urquhart commented. "While the adults were doing a hard work out, the kids were getting involved too. After that I started getting requests from adults and I started looking into it a bit more. It turns out that it can benefit everyone."
The Wii console has now sold millions of units globally, with expert research suggesting that players can burn around 125 calories in 15 minutes.
"Children are flocking to it as well. Some people will carp and say it would be better if the kids were playing outside, but I say that some exercise is better than none and if this gets them into exercise then it's a winner," Urquhart added. "But also, for adults coming back from injury and OAPs it's giving them a chance to exercise and keep joints supple without putting themselves at risk."
With the class now attracting a four week waiting list, Ninty are of course over the moon to see their console further reaching into 'non-traditional' gaming realms. More soon.