Category Archives: Weight loss

Free app turns your Wii balance board into an electronic scale


Got a Wii Fit balance board just lying around, collecting dust? A free Android app called FitScales will repurpose it into an electronic scale that shows your weight on an Android smartphone, via Bluetooth. As a bonus, it will sync with Fitbit and RunKeeper.


Get rewarded by Xbox for Kinect-ercising this month

Celery jock from Kinect Sports add-on Calorie Challenge, courtesy

Celery jock from Kinect Sports add-on Calorie Challenge, courtesy

Now that it’s Resolution Month, the people at Xbox Live are offering an incentive to work out in front of Kinect instead of driving to the gym or jogging on icy roads.  According to this page, if you sign up for Xbox Live Rewards, you can get up to 200 points in January for working out for at least 20 hours to certain active games and buying certain fitness game add-ons.

Eligible Game Add-ons:

  • Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012
  • Zumba Fitness
  • Your Shape Fitness Evolved
  • Zumba Fitness: Rush
  • Zumba Fitness: Core
  • Jillian Michaels Fitness Adventure
  • UFC Personal Trainer
  • EA Sports Active 2
  • My Self Defense Coach
  • Harley Pasternak’s Hollywood Workout
  • Nickelodeon Dance
  • Michael Phelps: Push the Limit
  • miCoach
  • Kinect Sports
  • Kinect Sports: Season Two
  • Nike+Kinect Training
  • Rapala for Kinect
  • Dance Central 1
  • Dance Central 2
  • Dance Central 3
  • The Biggest Loser: Ultimate Workout

If you’re new to Xbox, you have to sign up for both Xbox Live (the basic account is free) and Xbox Live Rewards.  Also, you may want to download the free Kinect PlayFit app which automatically tracks when and how long you played certain Kinect active games, and lets you compare your calorie burn with your online friends and the Xbox world.

Why aren’t more men walking?

Even a boxing champ had trouble selling walking to guys

Now that I have a Fitbit, I’ve been going for frequent evening walks.  Something occurred to me a few days ago:  I hardly ever see men, alone, going for walks.

In my suburban neighborhood, I often see women walking, just like me, briskly swinging their arms, wires dangling from their ears.  I also see couples (usually elderly) walking; men walking their dogs; and sometimes pushing a stroller or carefully following a youngster on skates or a scooter.

But whenever I see men out on the streets unaccompanied by a woman, kids or dog, they are almost always jogging, running or cycling, and they look as if they’ve been jogging/running/cycling for ages, or training for some event.  Walkers, meanwhile, come in all shapes and ages, from teenage girls in high-school athletic uniforms to older ladies in sweats.

A Google image search for fitness walkers seems to (unscientifically) confirm the gender imbalance in walking.  Take this photo, from the website of Leslie Sansone, queen of “at-home walking” exercise DVDs.  Where’s Waldo?  I’ve seen better male-female ratios at PTA meetings.

Even boxing legend George Foreman tried marketing a set of walking DVDs, which stayed in print for less time than it takes to Foreman-grill a steak.  Apparently the masses of guys who bought George’s grills preferred to crash in front of the TV apres-bacon cheeseburger rather than “Walk It Off With George“.

Do men really view walking as “women’s exercise”?  Something they’ll only do on a treadmill in the gym, or if their wives lock the door and drag them down the street?  Doctors really need to take this into consideration before telling their out-of-shape male patients to “just go for a walk”.  They may have better luck telling them to go Zumba.

Dance Central is putting fitness in the spotlight with Dance Central Fitness Club

The makers of Dance Central know that dance-gaming is a fun and effective way to lose weight and shape up, and they’ve started a Dance Central Fitness Club that is looking for fitness success stories via Facebook, Twitter and their forum. Dancers are reporting weight losses as much as 55 pounds in the past year, as well as hitting performance goals such as passing gym tests. Nice!

Teacher sets world record by playing more than 15 hours of DDR

Carrie Swidecki, a 35-year-old grade school teacher from California, set a world record last week with a DDR marathon – 15 hours, 12 minutes and 44 seconds.  Wow!  And like me, she’s a DDR weight loss success story; she lost 75 pounds over the past decade smashing those arrows.

Wonder what the over-50 record is?  I got two years to train for it!  (Via Charleston Daily Mail – there’s also a video at the link.)

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