Thursday, May 14, 2009

No More Excuses! Time to Get Fit!

Alright already! It's time for me to get off my butt off and get into shape again. All the sausages and mash and Indian food I've consumed is starting to catch up to me. Why do I live across the street from the best chicken tikka masala in London?

And to top it all off, the last time I attempted to go running, I got lost in my own neighborhood! I swear I'm not directionally-challenged, it's just that I was spoiled by Manhattan's street grid. Just so you see what I'm talking about, here is an example of how the streets look in London!

So I sort of gave up on working out for a while. It didn't take too much to convince myself that it was impossible to exercise in London. Here's what kept me in front of the TV:

1. The weather is SHITE!
2. It takes too long to get to a park on the tube. (Approx. 35 min. each way + price of tickets)
3. Gym membership is EXPENSIVE! £85/month (That's $129 USD!!!)

But now that Genevieve introduced me to EA Active Personal Trainer for Nintendo Wii (TM), these excuses have no bearing on why I can't break a sweat everyday. ***deep sigh***

(Note: Genevieve works at Fleishman-Hillard and invited bloggers to test out the product first-hand)

So I decided to give it a test-drive and slipped on the leg strap while holding the Nunchuk firmly in my hand. I first selected the boxing exercise and broke a sweat with the punch combinations and rapid repetitions! After testing out a few more activities, I'd have to say my favorite would definitely have to be cardio dance, hands down! My least favorite activity was alternate side lunges, but then again...I never enjoy doing lunges.

Former England Rugby player Austin Healey
& BBC Radio 2 presenter Emma Forbes test out EA Active Personal Trainer

It's like having your own personal trainer in your home. Before you start your customized workout, you create a profile which keeps track of your eating habits and fitness progress.

The most appealing thing about this product is that you just never get bored. The EA Active Personal Trainer has more than 25 exercises and activities to choose from, which help to keep you motivated throughout your workout.

The only gripes I have for EA Active Personal Trainer is the inability for players to compete with each other, and getting the hang of using the motion-sensitive Nunchuk. Sometimes it felt like the Wii wasn't detecting my Nunchuk and made the selection process a bit frustrating. Perhaps it requires some getting used to...

The product launches in the US on May 19th and on May 22nd in the UK, priced at £44.99.

For a demo of EA Active Personal Trainer, watch my favorite talk show host, Ellen Degeneres, show off her speed and stamina! She cracks me up :)

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