Feeds

Man loses weight playing Wii Sports

'Exercise good for you' shock

Application security programs and practises

Nintendo's Wii games console will help you lose weight, at least if you play the bundled Wii Sports title on a regular basis. So claims a North American fan of the machine, and he's posted the results of a six-week weight-loss experiment conducted with the console to prove it.

Mickey DeLorenzo, 25, began his fitness regime on 3 December 2006, intending to play Wii Sports for 30 minutes each day for the six weeks to 15 January 2007. He ate and drank as normal during the test. Indeed, his lifestyle remained unchanged from the period before the experiment. The only modification was the addition of the 30-minute gaming session.

The results: DeLorenzo claims his weight fell from 181lbs (82kg) to 172lbs (78kg), and his Body Mass Index (BMI) - essentially a height:weight ratio - fell from 25.2 to 24.0. With the aid of a fitness specialist, he measured a two per cent body-fat loss over the period.

A chart published on DeLorenzo's WiiNintendo.net blog interestingly shows an small weight gain just after Christmas, indicating that yes, the guy did indeed make merry over the festive period, but he was able to return to his pre-Yule weight within a week, and after a further week had passed his weight was effectively where it would have been had Christmas not intervened.

Of course, none of this is entirely surprising. We can confirm - as we mentioned in Reg Hardware's Wii review, Wii Sports is all about getting you off the couch, onto your feet and moving about. We worked up quite a sweat when we tried it. Any exercise is good, and a daily 30-minute routine at the gym or running around the park is likely to yield similar results.

Still, it's nice to know that video gaming, traditionally viewed by its opponents as a slothful, character-weakening activity, can have the opposite effect.

Of course, how soon it will be before someone sues Nintendo complaining its console, without any warning, made them skinny, is anyone's guess... ®

 Nintendo Wii Reviewed

 Nintendo Wii's videogames console

The Power of One Infographic

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad
Really, er, stands out among cheapie 7-inchers
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
BEST BATTERY EVER: All lithium, all the time, plus a dash of carbon nano-stuff
We have found the Holy Grail (of batteries) - boffins
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Microsoft confirms secret Surface will never see the light of day
Microsoft's form 8-K records decision 'not to ship a new form factor'
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.