The Family That Wiis Together Stays Together

The American Council of Exercise (ACE) recently reported that the newest fitness trends will involve regimens that are time-efficient and cost-effective. I think they’re onto something. In fact, I recently canceled my gym membership to work out in front of my television. There are more fitness console games and exercise DVDs on the market than ever before.

TV workouts are the perfect home gym; the walk to the family room is rather convenient and the price of games and DVDs is minimal compared to my fancy health club membership that was getting less use than my Cuisinart. The DVDs I do aren’t simple Jane Fonda “drive the bus” aerobics, they’re family-friendly exercise classes including, Zumba, Pilates and kick boxing. Even better are the active games for the Wii that I can do with my wee ones.

My family is facing off at Wii games like Dance Dance Revolution Wii Fit, Wii Ski and Wii Active. Yep, I’m ordering my kids to, “turn on that TV, and start getting in shape!” They need it as much as I do. With school sports programs getting cut, and P.E. being offered fewer days a week, I’m forced to get creative.

Whether we’re balancing on a tightrope, using our core to slalom down a mountain, or having a dance-off to Karma Chameleon, we’re laughing and sweating. So, when I make this year's resolution to spend more quality time with the kids and shed the pounds I gain this holiday season, I may actually follow through.

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