In a recent post this blog reported on a new phenomenon that is occurring as a result of extensive and widespread usage of the Wii and the Wii Balance Board. To recap, as more people use the Wii as an exercise tool, they are sustaining injuries in their knees, back and wrists because of overuse and proper planning. Here are a few ways to use the balance board injury free.
First, treat the balance board as any other form of exercise. Warm up and stretch before any session lasting more then a few minutes, and don't do more then you are capable of. After each exercise, remember to cool down and stretch again.
Second, know your limits. You're probably not as in good shape as you were 10 years ago, and you will feel it if you're not careful. Work within your limits to get a good experience from the balance board without hurting yourself.
Third, give yourself time in between games. Play games 3 or 4 times a week instead of everyday, and make sure you get a good nights sleep before playing a game.
Fourth, consult your Doctor. Tell him you are beginning a routine that involves different exercises and stress on the joints (specifically knees, back and elbow). Ask him what suggestions he/she has regarding this type of exercise.
Finally, have fun - realize that the Wii and the balance board specifically are physical games that are new and require some getting
used to. At the same time, they are designed to be fun. Try and find the proper balance between the fun part and the exertion part and you will end up having a much better Wii experience.
About the author
When she's not on her balance board, Maya Richard is blogging. Right now she is writing about high speed internet for Cable Modem Help. You can reach her with questions about Internet, Wii and blogging on firstname.lastname@example.org