NOTICE: The experiment is OVER and you can see ALL the results, here: http://wiinintendo.net/2007/01/15/wii-sports-experiment-results/
Update 1: Wii Sports Experiment featured in New York Times, read
Update 2: It has finally arrived, this Monday (today) I’ll be finishing my 6 week experiment, stay tuned for the extensive analysis including images, videos, and detailed stats this Tuesday 1/16/07! There will be a link from this page or you can just check out WiiNintendo.net on 1/16/07.
OK, so I was thinking one day after I played a good 1/2 hour of Wii Sports that I was getting a pretty heavy duty cardio workout. I decided to try out an experiment, where I would do everything I normally did, eat everything I normally ate and see if anything changes after playing 30 minutes of Wii Sports everyday for 6 weeks. If I miss a day, I’ll make a note of it and that weeks report.
No shit. Right? Of course doing anything involving movement an extra 30 minutes a day everyday will result in some sort of weight loss, well that may be so, but I want to chart, graph, measure, document, and record the process. I’m average weight right now, so I don’t think I will be dropping 60lbs. or anything like that, so the results will most likely (if they happen at all) be a loss in total body fat and/or lower heart rate at rest. We’ll see…
Here’s the plan:
I started playing 30 minutes a day this Sunday (December 3rd, 2006), I will do this for 6 straight weeks until January 15th, 2007.
Here is a thumbnail of my “Before” picture: (Don’t want to give away too much)
I will be doing a Fitness Age test daily and playing a variety of the games.
I will be keeping track of the following:
- Heart Rate (at rest)
- Calories burned per session/per game (via BioTrainer, thanks Nancy!)
- Body fat % (via a Digital Body Fat Caliper and a body fat scale)
- Additional Notes/Findings
- Wii Fitness Age
I plan on taking all of the measurements three times a day to get an extremely accurate number, that way if I weigh myself before a meal or in the morning, it should counter balance my weight before bed or after a meal.
I will also be taking a picture of myself from the front and side once a week to see if there is any visual difference. I’m going to set up my video camera and capture the 1,260 minutes then time lapse the footage to around 2 minutes, so that should be interesting.
I won’t be posting any mid-term updates, I’m going to wait until all the data and photos have been collected and write up a complete synopsis.