Wii Fit Considered To Train New Navy Recruits

Wii Fit Considered To Train New Navy Recruits

Nintendo's Wii Fit has been a quiet revolution. The device has been stamped with an approval by the American Heart Association, it has sparked many to exercise, it has been used in schools and physical fitness programs, and now it just might find its way into the Navy. Think of a video game that could have accomplished that five years ago. Or good luck trying, we should say.

A new report on the Wii Fit has shown that the U.S. Navy is considering its use to get recruits in shape, as many would rather exercise with a video game than just hit the boring, old-fashioned gym. There's debate over whether Wii Fit actually leads to substantial results, but even the consideration is huge news. Navy Surgeon General Vice Adm. Adam Robinson admitted that "using versions of such games, in combination with the traditional physical training that new sailors get at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Ill., would help newcomers to military service build up the endurance they need to get in shape safely." He stated: "There are lots of programs now that people can [use to] become very physically active while they’re using interactive computer games. So, in other words, this isn’t about [starting] with computers and stopping [everything else] — because we’re not going to do that. This is about incorporating those types of activities into something that people can use to become more physically active."


And a preference for video games over the gym isn't the only reason this is being considered. Due to society's shifting over the years, recruits are said to be weaker than in past, requiring more effort to get them battle-ready than in generations before. Robinson stated: "I have no doubt that today’s youth and the people that we’re talking about are capable of becoming physically fit. But I think that there has been a definite difference in the amount of time that people have devoted to physical activity, and I think that is a manifestation of physical education in the school systems in America."

Still, the idea of using video games to help train recruit is still in the "early stages," and no implementation date has been established. But we could definitely see this taking off, and so long as helps our military become stronger, we don't see how anyone could argue with that. Just make sure those recruits wear their Wii remote wrist straps!

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I don't know, I actually enjoy working out and prefer not to use the Wii Fit. At least if I have a good friend to work out with. Strange that the Navy is considering this, I know for a fact that Marine's probably won't ever use this (what them use it just to spite me).

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Marius Malek:

I don't know, I actually enjoy working out and prefer not to use the Wii Fit. At least if I have a good friend to work out with. Strange that the Navy is considering this, I know for a fact that Marine's probably won't ever use this (what them use it just to spite me).

I think its more for the recruits that are not in shape enough for boot camp. Plus the recruits are 17 and 18 so they may be more into the Wii than some of us.

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>> the U.S. Navy is considering its use to get recruits in shape, as many would rather exercise with a video game than just hit the boring, old-fashioned gym

What ever happened to the tried and true method of having a drill sergeant threaten to "PT you all until you @#^#ing die!"?

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I don't know 3vi1, I think basic is like that but maybe on a lighter note. The Army Rangers have to go through hell and back to be considered one.

Still, Wii Fit?

I laugh at that, it's just hard to visualize our military using such methods.

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I don't get it....Wasn't it HH that had an article about how the wii fit was useless and most people used it for a week and then stopped. This sounds like garbage to me, our tax money should buy something better than wii fit...aka a training program, oh wait they have that already....

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