Editor’s Note

I’m 23, but according to the Wii Fit, I’m 37.

My girlfriend bought the device – what Nintendo calls the “Wii Fit Plus” – earlier this week and told me I had to give it a try. So I did. For those who don’t know, the Wii Fit is an exercise video game.

I jumped on the Wii Balance Board to see what I was made of, and the Wii Fit wasn’t shy about telling me.

The device, apparently, measured my center of balance, body mass index and body control. These factors determined my Wii Fit age, which, as I mentioned, is 37. Apparently I didn’t do so hot on the tests.

There’s nothing wrong with being 37, but I wasn’t born in 1976. My parents were in elementary school at that time.

So, I took the Wii Fit’s evaluation a little personally.

At 23, I live in an apartment, and when I’m not working, I enjoy not having too many responsibilities.

Next weekend, for example, I’ll be heading to St. Bonaventure University to celebrate Alumni Weekend with my college friends. I might not be able to relive the good times with the guys 14 years from now.

Instead, I’ll probably have a house to fix up, kids to look after and maybe even a receding hairline. As I stood on the Wii Balance Board and stared at the big “37” on the screen, none of those thoughts seemed pleasant. I figured I’d just have to show that Wii Fit who’s boss.

By doing a variety of Wii Fit exercises for 45 minutes or more, I had become fairly sore and tired. Once I decided to call it quits, the device estimated I had burned 82 calories.

I spent nearly an hour doing various yoga, kung fu and strength-training activities, all for a whopping 82 calories. I’m not a calorie counter, but I wasn’t impressed.

Maybe I would warm up to the Wii Fit if I gave it another chance, but if I feel the need to exercise, I think I’ll just jog around town. At least my running shoes don’t judge me.