Is Your Wii/Kinect/PlayStation®Move Really Helping You stay Fit?

I have to admit, I bought my Wii for two reasons.  The first being for me and my kids to play the games and enjoy our time together.  The second was to experience the interactive gaming experience and possibly lose a little weight and become a bit more healthy.

When I first hooked it up and turned it on I tried out Wii Sports.  It was amazing!  I tried all of the events and found that after boxing, I was sweating and my arms felt like rubber.  The next day I was sore.  When Wii Fit came out, I purchased it and had minimal results.  Now the Wii Fit board sits under my TV cabinet with a visible layer of dust.

Next I bought Kinect for my Xbox 360.  I really like that there are no controllers to mess with, but still find that I do not use it that much.  My kids play all of the various dance games, but I would not say that they break a sweat.  As for the Playstation Move, I never really had an interest in it, so I can’t really give an opinion on it.

Recently, a local news broadcast reported that their independent studies have shown that Motion active video games do not necessarily help you lose weight.  Their finding showed that half of the kids and adults sat down while playing Wii, and those that were active tend to snack and “relax” afterwards. 

The study found, “There was no evidence that children receiving the active video games were more active in general, or at any time, than children receiving the inactive video games, suggesting no public health benefit.”

Although I probably have fit into the same category as the majority of the subjects in the study, I would argue that there are some out there that do use their active devices in their weight loss and fitness routines successfully.  Do you have any success stories with any of the devices?

Essel Pratt has spent his life exploring his imagination and dreams. As a Husband and a Father, he doesn't have as much time to write as he would like. However, his mind is always plotting out his next story. Someday he hopes to quit the 9-5 grind and focus on writing full time. Currently, Essel has three published short stories and is working on a handful of novels. Essel focuses his writings on mostly Horror/Sci-Fi, however is known to add a dash of other genres into his writings as well. In his spare time, he can be found playing one of the 40+ video game consoles in his collection, especially his Wii U (NNID: EsselPratt). Click the links below to follow Essel's exploits in the writing world, and be sure to follow his blog at as well as his articles on