Fit Credits and Fit Bank

Notice that cute little piggy bank with the display on the left of the Training menu? This is your Fit Bank or Fit Piggy, as it is often referred to in the game. When you engage in Wii Fit Plus activities, you are rewarded with Fit Credits, which get deposited into this Fit Bank. The number of Fit Credits earned varies based on how much time you spend performing an activity. Although the Fit Bank only keeps track of your daily earnings, you can see your cumulative counts by going to the Calendar screen, pressing the graph icon, and selecting Fit Credits; the Calendar screen is discussed in detail earlier in this chapter. As you accumulate Fit Credits, more advanced activities become unlocked, providing great motivation to stick with the program.

Besides storing your Fit Credits and looking cute, your Fit Bank serves another important purpose. After you complete an activity, the estimated number of calories used during that exercise will be presented to you and displayed on your Fit Bank, a feature that was lacking in the original Wii Fit.

If you are wondering how these calorie calculations are made, the Wii Fit Plus software uses a METs calculator. A MET, or metabolic equivalent of task, represents the intensity of an activity. For example, it takes 1 MET to sit still, which is considered your resting metabolic rate. Super Hula Hoop in Wii Fit Plus has a worth of 4 METs, which would be equivalent to a light walk or round of golf on foot. If you know the MET value of an activity, you can calculate the number of calories burned while performing that activity by using the following equation:

METs x Your Weight x Time (hours) x 0.48 = Calories Burned.

Keep in mind that all values for calories burned are estimates. The actual number of calories burned may be different due to factors such as your metabolic rate and efficiency of movement. Regardless, this caloric measure is a good way to get a sense of how much you may or may not be pushing yourself during your workout.

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