Wii Fitness for Dummies (aka, Fitness on the Wii), 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 seventh 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 Good Mornings, which works your lower back (spinal erectors), buttocks and back of your legs (hamstrings). Like shoulders, great care needs to be taken when working lower back, which is often one of the most overstressed parts of your body. However, like your stomach, your lower back’s strong, healthy function is key for good posture and stabilizing your core. To begin, set your feet shoulder width apart, point your toes straight ahead and stand erect, with your hands crossed over your chest. Alternately, you can cross your hands behind your neck.
The midpoint for Good Mornings. Slowly bend forward until your torso is just below parallel, being sure to keep a slight upward curve in your back. Pause briefly then slowly 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.