Wii Fitness for Dummies, available from booksellers everywhere, as well as online discounters like Amazon.com, focuses on three of the top Wii fitness programs, Wii Fit Plus, EA Sports Active: Personal Trainer, and Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2010, as well as provides additional coverage of the entire Wii fitness phenomena and general exercise theory. As is always the case when writing a book, there is inevitably content that doesn't fit either due to subject matter, cost, or space constraints, which is where this regularly published bonus tips and content comes in. Each week, for an indeterminate number of weeks, Christina and I will be posting items that will both add to your enjoyment of the book and provide good fitness information in general.
This week, we're running the fourth in an eight part series of Classic Body Weight Exercises You Can Perform When You're Away From Your Wii* (*also great for warming up or cooling down, as discussed in book Chapter 1):
The start and finish position for Close Grip Push-Ups, which places a greater emphasis on the back of your arms than regular Push-Ups. Your feet should be shoulder width apart and your right and left hands flat and in line with your right and left pectorals (chest muscles), respectively. Your arms should be at full extension. Your upper and lower body should remain straight and in line throughout the movement. Since this movement can be more difficult than regular Push-Ups, you can similarly put your knees down or perform them against a wall for extra assistance.
The midpoint position for Close Grip Push-Ups. Keeping your elbows close to the sides of your body, bend your arms until your chest lightly touches the back of your hands, then slowly extend your arms to return to the start position. Repeat.
Before starting any workout regime, it is always wise to consult with your physician. This is especially important if you are pregnant, have cardiovascular problems such as high blood pressure, or suffer from an orthopedic condition. Further, should you start to experience any fatigue, shortness of breath, chest tightness, dizziness, or any other discomfort, pain, or unusual symptoms while working out with Wii Fit Plus or any other fitness program, stop activity immediately and consult with your physician.