We've got a Wii Fit package and wondered as I'm doing C25K with my eldest daughter - who is reluctant to run in all weathers. It's winter in the UK and today is raining and cold. Now.. I'm happy to wrap up - stick a baseball cap on and get down to real running but she is not.
So, for today she's thinking of doing the Wii Island run for 30 mins - I'd do mine in intervals I think. But I'd also like to get proper runs in as per the Schedule - so will do this Tuesday and so forth (I can't do tomorrow).
Jogging on the spot, will raise your heart rate and has exercise value. That being said however, there is more exercise value in running outdoors or on a treadmill. Jogging on the spot, you have no value of distance, or the effort put forth, as to how much you've run or other running nuiances such as hills or dips. Realisticlly too, your going to burn more energy on a full run, where you are lengthening you stride, as opposed to shifting your wieght from one foot to the other while jogging. I personally only jog in place when waiting for the light to change while running in Chicago, and thats just to keep my heart rate up. Hope it helps, run safe.
Chicago Shamrock Shuffle 8k 57:02 4/10/11
Chicago Run for the Zoo 10k 1:06:51 6/05/11
Chicago Half Marathon 2:33:49 9/11/11
Chicago Hot Chocolate 15k 1:34:20 11/05/11
Chicago Polar Dash 1/2 Marathon 2:21:11 (PR) 1/21/12
Running or jogging in place, if you do it for long enough, will get you an aerobic workout. However, it emphasizes very different leg and lower body muscles, and has a completely different footstrike than an actual run. It is not a substitute for "real" running either on the roads or on a treadmill.
@ 5K: Ontario Mills Run, Ontario, CA, 25:19
@ 10K: LA Chinatown Firecracker Run, Los Angeles, CA, 51:44