Monday, January 23, 2012

New 2 You Cross Training - January Challenge

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls offered up a great challenge a couple of week ago. She challenged her readers to try 12 different types of cross training that were new to you (one each month in 2012). I thought this was a great idea because it is so easy to get in a rut with exercise, and sometimes trying something new once can bring on a new exercise love (remember when I tried Zumba for the first time in I can't imagine a week without at least once class!).
For January, I decided to try out the Wii Game- Just Dance 3! I have enjoyed playing the Wii Sports and Plus games when I needed to get in a workout, but couldn't leave the house. And so many of my bloggy friends have talked about how much they enjoyed playing this game and that it was an amazing calorie burner. I didn't want to buy the game because I wasn't sure if I would like it, so I rented it for $2 from Redbox so that I could give it a try. Overall it was a fun game and I did work up a sweat. I wish I would have worn my heart rate monitor so that I would have an accurate account of the calorie burn, but I was dripping sweat at the end of my 45 minute session. I have never played any of the Just Dance games, so figuring out how to change songs was a bit confusing at first. I thought the playlist was pretty fun with songs that are top radio hits today...and some from the 80s.
Will I purchase this game? Probably not. It was fun, but I think I would get bored with it pretty quick. I think it would be great if you had friends over (I would rent it again.) Tommy is not much of a dancer, so he had no interest in playing with me. But with multiple people I can see this game being a blast!
I also think this would be a great thing for Moms to play with their kids! Shannon...has Carson ever played?
Looking forward to trying something new in February! 


  1. Do you have to use the balance board with this? Sounds fun!

  2. That sounds like a lot of fun! I didn't know you could get Wii games at the Redbox - I will have to check this out!!!

    Also - made your green bean fries this weekend. YUM!

  3. Great idea to rent before ponying up for the game. Does your local library system let you borrow fitness dvd's? Ours does and I love being able to borrow a couple every week or so to see what I think. Even if the workout isn't for me I'm not out any money-I did end up borrowing Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred and liked it enough to buy.

  4. My kids love those dance games on the wii!

  5. I love Just Dance and so does the whole family which makes it fun! I have Zumba for the wii and I need to try it!

  6. Love this idea!! I'll have to give it a go too, I love the just dance games, super fun - doesn't even feel like a workout. :)

  7. That's a great idea! I really need to use my wii more... I usually just watch my husband play it, and laugh at him hysterically ;)

  8. My son has been begging me to buy a WII fit. Im so afraid of spending money and then it being a 'new thing' for two months, then sitting in the corner. Do you use yours alot? So you have to buy extras to do the games? I want him to be fit and get exercise, but Im afraid of 'waisting' money.

  9. Hey! I saw you posted about brussels sprouts recently and that you were looking for other ways to make them.. I snagged Gretchen's way of making them -

    Preheat oven to 400*.
    Cut stems off of sprouts and slice them in half.
    Toss in olive oil, salt, pepper, and a sprinkle of sugar or maple syrup — coat evenly.
    Roast in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes, depending on how big the sprouts are. They should be totally soft and maybe even a little bit caramelized when they’re done.

    Gretchen is from Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen:

    Also, I have JustDance 2 and I do like it, but yes.. I could easily get bored with it if I did it daily.

  10. Awesome! We don't have Just Dance 3 yet, but enjoy doing the first two. So smart to rent it...