You may have noticed that activity directors at many local senior centers have added one or more Wii exercise/social/fun activities to their programs. You may be wondering how exercise, social activities and fun can all be said in one breath, but it can.
Wii games are very popular and age has nothing to do it. Occupational therapists have found that therapy sessions incorporating Wii games are good for balance, arm movement, eye-hand coordination, range of motion and much more. The good news is that anyone can play, even people in wheelchairs.
Where is it written that seniors can’t have fun? Open your mind and give it a try. Join one of the group sessions at your senior center, relax, and enjoy. You can play against the system, with a classmate or with a staff member and all of you can all have a good time. Forget about feeling silly and try something new. Let yourself have fun; it’s a great way to discover that technology is not always scary.
Wii games are interactive, fun and entertaining. You may find that you enjoy it enough to entertain the possibility of using Wii as a home fitness program. The figure on the screen simulates what you are doing and you can see firsthand if you are doing the movements right. If you aren’t it will let you know and guide you through the correct motions. Yoga, aerobics, strength straining and balance exercises are available as are games like tennis, boxing and golf.
The game is easy to use, is mentally stimulating and delivers a workout that actually works. Physical therapists report that they have noted improved posture, endurance, strength and balance in people using Wii therapy.
Learn how to have fun, get some exercise and maybe even break a sweat. Exercise is a good thing; having fun while you do it is like icing on the cake.