Exploring VR exercise for fun and fitness

Train with VR from the comfort of your own home. Eren Li via Pexels

I don’t like exercise. I’m not a fitness fanatic and have found almost every excuse not to work out. Then I bought a virtual reality headset.

I have to admit, I’m not a fan of VR either, so when one of my college classes forced me to buy the headset, I was miffed. But, to my surprise, I found myself using it to explore art museums and other faraway places as part of the program. After completing the course, I decided to check out what else this VR thing had to offer. These days, I don’t use the headset much for casual gaming or exploring museums, but I’ve started using it primarily for exercise instead.

If, like me, you find it difficult to get into a workout routine or commit to a gym, or if the thought of using expensive exercise machines stresses you out, then VR could be the way to go. a good solution.

There are a lot of things I love about VR exercise. As an introvert, one of my favorite perks is intimacy: there’s no gym-related anxiety or social aspect to reckon with. I don’t even have to leave the comfort of my home. I also like the flexibility of my schedule. As a busy student, I appreciate how much easier it is to find time for a quick VR workout than to set aside time each week to hit the gym. I use the Supernatural app the most, as it offers a range of boxing workouts, guided meditation, and stretching exercises. Some are as short as 11 minutes, while others are closer to half an hour.

The immersive aspect of the VR exercise is what sets it apart from crafting a video. I tried the workout video route and struggled to stick with it, but the immersion of virtual reality keeps me coming back. Although I know I’m still training, I don’t feel as if I am. When it comes to exercise, if there’s not one aspect that I enjoy, I won’t – I know that for myself. Turns out, turning the exercise into a kind of game was the ticket for me. Although I consider exercise a necessary evil, I really enjoy training with virtual reality.

At around $200 a year, or around $20 a month, Supernatural is on the more expensive side when it comes to exercise apps, but it’s still less than most gym memberships. For me, it’s worth it. From boxing to rock and rap, it’s just too much fun – and unlike a gym membership, I use the app. But as virtual reality becomes more ubiquitous, the options also become more plentiful. Fit XR offers high-intensity interval training (HIIT) as well as boxing for $9.99 per month. beat the saber has a one-time cost of $29.99 and offers a workout similar to Supernatural. There is a range of affordability and workout types.

If you have a VR headset, I recommend checking out what fitness apps are available to you. Many have free trials, so you can see what you like best without committing right away. And who knows? You might even have fun.

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