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How can I play Wii Sports Tennis to make it burn more calories/energy? Notes:

  • I realize that, even played differently, Wii Tennis doesn't qualify as exercise.

  • One way to burn more energy is to never serve, and always receive. That way, you don't get the "power serve" advantage where you "automatically" win the point w/ virtually no effort when the opponent can't return the serve.

  • Another way: I'm right-handed, and now play with my left hand, on the theory it requires more energy to co-ordinate my weaker hand (true?).

These methods help slightly, but are there others?

I considered taping the WiiMote to my arm and then swinging my arm to control the racket, but I'm guessing that won't be very playable.

I realize the Wii Fit qualifies as exercise, but find the games boring after a while.

Another game I'd like to "burn more energy" in is Wii Mario Kart.

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Did you consider playing real-life tennis instead? – Philipp Oct 15 '12 at 15:03
I know a lot of people are getting into this "real life" thing, but I think it's just a fad. Plus, I believe real-life tennis requires interacting with a real-life human being, and I've heard those things can be hard to control. – barrycarter Oct 15 '12 at 18:25

The only way you'll burn reasonable calories in any of these games (Kinect games included) is to hook everything to a stationary bike, and pedal to keep your TV either powered on, or descrambled. You'll never hit your target heart rate playing Wii Tennis or Mario Kart.

EDIT -- perhaps another approach is to tie your Wiimote to something bowflex-like, so that you have to exert more energy to swing. :) Not sure how you could actually implement something like that, though. I imagine it would be okay if you were only hitting forehands, but switching to the backhand side would probably be challenging.

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Interesting picture of someone trying to play Wii Tennis while riding a bike. – DJClayworth Jan 7 '11 at 17:50
I was thinking more about the general "is wii any good for exercise" question. :) haha! It would make sense for Mario Kart, though! – Dave Jan 7 '11 at 18:14
It actually doesn't take that much energy to run a TV/Wii, and I think I need something where game performance is tied to the exercise/exertion. Losing the TV screen definitely would affect my game performance, but that's not quite what I had in mind. – barrycarter Jan 8 '11 at 2:57

Just stand up.... here is an article about the benefits standing up at your desk at work... while you are asking about games I imagine the effects would be the same.

Standing up at work

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good point. I'm actually trying to get a standup desk for the office. – Dave Jan 7 '11 at 18:14
I know that it's possible to play Wii Tennis sitting down, but I've always played it standing up. I even move around a little, although I realize it doesn't help my game (I just get caught up in it). – barrycarter Jan 8 '11 at 2:58

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