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Calories Burned Playing Wii Fit Games

I'm in full support of anything that gets you off the couch and moving, so I'm a fan of the Wii Fit. Although many say that exercising with the Balance Board may not compare to a real workout, anything is better than nothing, right?

To find out how many calories you'll burn working out with the Wii Fit,

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I used our Calorie Burner Counter Calculator to calculate the calories burned based on a 130-pound woman. I couldn't find calculations for specific Wii games, so I used calculations based on similar activities and intensity levels. Just like with any type of fitness, the more active and intense, the more calories you'll burn.

Activity: Calories burned per 30 minutes:
Skate It 85
Gold's Gym Cardio Workout 100
All Star Cheer Squad 177
We Ski 118
Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 100
EA Sports Active 89
Don King Boxing 180
Ski and Shoot 118
Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 2 (using the Dance Mat) 207
Yoga 118
Tennis 170
Bowling 39
Baseball 95
Golf 75

Do you play any of the Wii games regularly? Do you wear your heart rate monitor when doing so? If so, I am curious how many calories you burn — tell me in the comments section below.

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Casarah13 Casarah13 6 years
I used the wii active 2 days ag and I am still sore! I generaly workout at the gym 4-6 days a week for 1.5 hours and this kicked my butt. I did replace there resistance band for my own. This is a great workout and I loved the boxing.
amyuw05 amyuw05 7 years
And I don't know why I wrote on average so much. I wanted to add that during my whole workout I did burn about 450 calories.
amyuw05 amyuw05 7 years
I've been using Gold's Gym, which is boxing. On average, I would say, on average, I burned 200 calories per 30 minutes. I am 140 lbs and I use a HRM. Those calories are burned with the advanced lessons which must be worked up to. I love it--a great way to workout without going to the gym. I recommend the "sandbag" exercise, hitting it as fast as possible. I got my HR into the 170's easily.
cmd0610 cmd0610 7 years
sparklestar- there's no way that running on the spot is anywhere near as effective as running outside. when you are running outside you are "exposed" the the "elements" like changes in terrain, wind, different surfaces . . .all which increase the intensity of your workout. I enjoy Wii Sport/Fit games as a good way to stay off the sofa for hours at home but I wouldn't ever replace running outside covering ground with running in place . . better to do jump rope if you want to do an exercise that doesn't require you to travel distance.
cmd0610 cmd0610 7 years
sparklestar- there's no way that running on the spot is anywhere near as effective as running outside. when you are running outside you are "exposed" the the "elements" like changes in terrain, wind, different surfaces . . .all which increase the intensity of your workout. I enjoy Wii Sport/Fit games as a good way to stay off the sofa for hours at home but I wouldn't ever replace running outside covering ground with running in place . . better to do jump rope if you want to do an exercise that doesn't require you to travel distance.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I don't have a Wii Fit, but my husband's friend does...my husband goes over to his house to play it sometimes. It's probably the only way that my husband gets any real exercise into his day. He really likes the tennis game. I would think most of these don't burn quite as many calories as the actual activity because you're doing it in place and you are using a little remote thingy instead of say, a tennis raquet or a baseball bat.
sparklestar sparklestar 7 years
Is running on the spot really as effective as running outside?
cmd0610 cmd0610 7 years
I'm confused . . so these calorie numbers were based on calculating the calories e.g. of real tennis and saying you'd burn as many doing Wii Tennis? I've played a lot of Wii Tennis and I play hard (I'm competitive) and I also play a lot of real outdoors tennis and there's no way those are even remotely comparable. When I wear my HRM for real tennis the increased heart rate comes from the running not the arm movements . . . If someone can clarify for me that'd be great!
cmd0610 cmd0610 7 years
I'm confused . . so these calorie numbers were based on calculating the calories e.g. of real tennis and saying you'd burn as many doing Wii Tennis?I've played a lot of Wii Tennis and I play hard (I'm competitive) and I also play a lot of real outdoors tennis and there's no way those are even remotely comparable. When I wear my HRM for real tennis the increased heart rate comes from the running not the arm movements . . .If someone can clarify for me that'd be great!
evlove evlove 7 years
i love my wii fit! i run for 30 minutes w/ it about 4 times a week while watching tv, and i've lost 14 pounds!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I didn't know there was a Jillian Michaels game! I love her; I will have to check it out.
traciepwns traciepwns 7 years
While I'm still not sold on it (the graphics are absolutely terrible), the Jillian Michaels game also tell you how many calories you burn but I think it works much better without using the Wii Balance Board.
hippiejen hippiejen 7 years
DDR is definitely a great workout - especially the wii version where you use the hand controls.
darc5204 darc5204 7 years
danni, all calorie estimates are "guess work". They don't know your body composition, exact intensity, or terrain (outdoor activities). Personally, I find the estimates useful for comparing different exercise choices, Wii or not.
crystalm07 crystalm07 7 years
I do My Fitness Coach as well and definitely find that it is a decent workout. Anything that gets me sweating without leaving my living room is good to me and I was also sore the next day when I first started.
gothamgal gothamgal 7 years
I tried the Wii Fit a few times and thought it was good but pricey. *However,* a lot more titles have been added and I'd be willing to give it another go. Not as pricey as a gym....
sunshinepointe sunshinepointe 7 years
We Cheer is a great arm workout. None of these are cardiovascularly challenging imo. MAYBE DDR if you do the songs on difficult/expert and do them back to back. The rest are just good to get up and moving but often have too long of gaps between stuff to keep the heart rate up for a while.
danni2009 danni2009 7 years
"I used our Calorie Burner Counter Calculator to calculate the calories burned based on a 130-pound woman. I couldn't find calculations for specific Wii games, so I used calculations based on similar activities and intensity levels. Just like with any type of fitness, the more active and intense, the more calories you'll burn." So basically this was pure guess work...
danni2009 danni2009 7 years
"I used our Calorie Burner Counter Calculator to calculate the calories burned based on a 130-pound woman. I couldn't find calculations for specific Wii games, so I used calculations based on similar activities and intensity levels. Just like with any type of fitness, the more active and intense, the more calories you'll burn."So basically this was pure guess work...
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
I don't wear a heart rate moniter, but I love my Wii Fit. The step aerobic games and the boxing keep me moving and sweating. I've been really curious to find out if any of these other fitness games are worth the money... Anyone else tried them?
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
I don't wear a heart rate moniter, but I love my Wii Fit. The step aerobic games and the boxing keep me moving and sweating. I've been really curious to find out if any of these other fitness games are worth the money... Anyone else tried them?
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