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A Reality Check

 

My husband told me the other day about a feature in Wii Sports under Wii Fitness, which tests one’s fitness age.  What it does is to calculate the fitness age of a person via assessing one’s performance on agility, dexterity and stamina in three randomly chosen sports.  The fitness age ranges from 20 to 80 years old.  You could be tested in tennis for “Returning Balls”, “Target Practice” and “Timing Your Swing”, in baseball for “Batting Practice”, “Swing Control” and “Hitting Home Runs”,  in golf for “Putting”, “Target Practice” and “Hitting the Green”, in bowling for “Spin Control”, “Power Throws” and “Picking Up Spares”, and in boxing for “Dodging”, “Throwing Punches” and “Working the Bag”.
  

On my husband’s first trial, he was evaluated as 12 years younger.  He did very well at hitting homeruns.  I was intrigued to learn about this feature but was at the same time scared to find out my fitness age.  Maybe it is a reality that I have to face finally.  I am no longer fit.  The body has blown up like a balloon after having carried two children.  How much higher would my fitness age be when compared to my actual age?  I was thinking in the neighborhood of 10 years. 

 

I was curious, so I gave it a try.  The mini games that I had to play to assess my fitness age were baseball: “Hitting Homeruns” (10 balls to hit), bowling: “Picking up spares” (10 spares to pick up) and tennis: “Returning Balls” (50 serves to return).  I was shockingly surprised to find that my fitness age is 22 years higher, 12 years more than I would have anticipated.  My husband’s fitness age is getting lower by another 7 years on his second trial. 

 

I have read a statement from somewhere that 70 percent of your fitness age is within your control.  I think that it is time for me to seriously spend more time exercising.  By the way, you could end up with a high fitness age if you are too young or too old to know how to play Wii Sports.  My son got a fitness age of 64, which is really hilarious since he is so agile and active.  He wasn’t pleased to learn that he is considered an old man in terms of fitness.  We did not test our daughter’s fitness age because she is still too young to know how to play some of the sports.

 

Anyway, it is fun.  Another feature to motivate me to get fit.     

 

Written By Elisa English, 版權所有

On 9/08/10 in Minneapolis 

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  • wakasui
  • Glad to hear that you're having fun with Wii. Don't take these age assessments too seriously. For the record, I was assessed to be like a 65 yo by one of those brain training games. Maybe it's the new politically correct way to call me stupid... hahahaha
  • I know. It is just fun to see the numbers. :)

    elisaenglish 於 2010/09/17 10:30 回覆