EA Sports Active for Wii
So I bought my husband a Wii for Christmas and my family got me the personal trainer Wii Active to go with it. After using it for a while, I couldn’t help think of the many benefits and difficulties with this program due to my RA.
- This is an opportunity to work out at home, which is something that I always feel is helpful with my RA. I’m not always on a gym schedule and it is really convenient for me to work out when I have enough energy.
- It comes with a thera-band. These bands work with resistance to help build muscle strength. This is really great when you have weak or damaged wrists, like I do. It also has many exercises that focus on shoulder strength, which my RA doc has emphasized with me because we don’t get a lot of work on those muscles during our day-to-day activity.
- If an exercise requires a movement that is difficult, you can easily skip it and find something else to do. There are a lot of jumping exercises that I find uncomfortable, if not impossible. Fortunately, there is enough variety of activities that it isn’t a huge issue.
- The program allows you to set attainable goals, record your progress and even uses games to keep it interesting. Ultimately, I have found it fun to work out.
- Although some of the jossling cardio exercises are easy to skip, it can often shorten your work out to do so. I often need to supplement my workout with a customized one to get a full workout.
- There are no stretches or stomach exercises included in these workouts. You have to do these on your own if you want them as part of your routine. However, they have recently come out with a follow-up game that includes these exercises as well.
- In general, the Wii remote helps give advice on form when doing exercises. However, I sometimes have trouble with it saying that my form is off or reading my motions. I think this is due to the fact that I have deformities in my wrist and there is no way for the program to take that into consideration.
Overall I would give this program a B in terms of being arthritis-friendly. Right now it is a new toy and has motivated me to be active, which is ultimately the most important thing.
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