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The Nintendo Wii has become a become a huge hit, and not just with your average teenager; grandma and grandpa are getting use out of it and a local rehabilitation center is even using the game system for physical therapy. Treadmills and ellipticals may have met their match in the Nintendo Wii Fit. From soccer to step aerobics, many are finding this game system to be their new form of exercise. Denise Marshall had the game a month and lost ten pounds. "It's fun, it's convenient, we can do it here at home, we can sit here together and it's kind of a competition back and forth." Doctors are using the Wii to rehabilitate patients with injuries. "Sometimes you think you cannot do a movement, but if you're not paying attention, you're going to do it...and so if you get to do a task, something that you enjoy, whether it's bowling, tennis, or golf, you find that you're actually doing some movements that you didn't think you were capable of doing,” said Joan Taylor-Webb of Rehab to Life, Inc. Mae Roy McDonald said it helps with her osteoporosis and arthritis. "It helps to keep me moving and limbered up." The Wii isn't all fun and games. Users have reported developing tennis elbow or what's called Wii-itis. Some have developed sore muscles and inflamed joints from overuse of this fun game. Trainers say it may not be the best way to exercise. "I don't feel like it could ever take the place of a trainer or a gym setting or actually doing physical activity outside, but I do feel like as far as a beginner would go, or would be a nice source of exercise-type of routine,” said Sheri Albertson. Sheri did say, however, some exercise is better than none. "I think every trainer would probably agree, as long as people are moving and getting calories burned, and just actually being physically active, we're in the better direction that way." If you would like somewhere locally to play the Wii, the public library in downtown Wilmington has Wii bowling the first Monday of each month for free, from 12:00-2:00 p.m.

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