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Jan 1, 2010 4:28 pm US/Central
North Texas Man Loses Weight With The Wii
MESQUITE (CBS 11 / TXA 21) ―
As the new year begins, many people have resolved to lose a few pounds.
There are several creative and motivational ways to make your exercise
routine different and challenging, but one local man has found weight
loss success playing video games typically enjoyed by kids and young
Donny Claxton is a North Texas public relations executive, and a father
to seven kids. Last spring, Claxton weighed 370 pounds. But he has shed
30 pounds with "EA Sports Active" and the new "EA Sports Active: More
Workouts" games for the Nintendo Wii.
"For guys who are unfortunate, like me, who have gotten a little bigger
than we want to be, this is a real good solution," Claxton said. "From
the second you turn it on and get going on it, you get going."
The motion-controlled remote and a balance board accessory have helped
the Nintendo Wii evolve into much more than a device for playing games.
Software is being developed that focuses on getting players to stand
up, move around and work off the extra pounds.
One of the newest exercise programs is "EA Sports Active: More
Workouts," an expansion to the original "EA Sports Active" game
released earlier in the year. The game uses a specially-designed leg
strap and tension band in conjunction with the Wii's remote and balance
board. And the activities are designed to provide a fun workout. "It
works every part of your body," said Claxton.
There are more than 35 exercises including an obstacle course, boxing,
lunges and running. "It varies up which exercises you are going to do
in each workout," Claxton explained, "so that you don't get into a
routine. You don't get bored with it. And that you are always doing
something fun and different."
And, as you continue to workout, the game changes with you. It adapts
to your fitness level, tracks your progress and weight and shows how
many calories you have burned. It even reminds you when you've missed a
day or two. It's like having a personal trainer in a box.
"As you get better and better, and deeper and deeper into a workout,"
explained Claxton, "it increases the intensity automatically to help
push you a little bit harder and a little bit further."
So now, Claxton is not stopping at 30 pounds lost. He is hopeful that
the program will help him reach his ultimate goal. "By summer of next
year, to have lost 130 pounds from when I started," he said. "I really
want to be down in the 240-250 range."
All this exercise, all this weight loss, without ever leaving his home.