Is 2023 the year for Virtual Reality Workouts?
Still in dev but getting more traction
Virtual reality (VR) workouts have been gaining popularity and it looks like (maybe!) 2023 might finally be the year for them to breakthrough. Since VR workouts offer a unique and immersive experience that can help to keep users engaged and motivated to work out, they can potentially offer an extra kick (forgive the pun) or incentive to get moving in the new year. Below we explore the benefits of VR workouts and how they compare to traditional workouts, as well as some examples of popular VR workouts that are available.
If you like the idea of VR workouts it’s probably based on the fact that they offer a more immersive and interactive experience than traditional workouts. Instead of simply following along with a video or instructor, VR workouts allow users to fully engage with their surroundings and feel like they are actually participating in the activity. Think Peloton without the bike.
Boxing is still a fave
For example, a VR boxing workout might involve dodging punches and throwing counter punches in a virtual boxing ring, while a VR yoga workout might involve practicing poses in a peaceful virtual setting. This added layer of immersion can help to make workouts feel more enjoyable and engaging, which can make it easier for people to stick with their fitness routine.
Some might recognize this description as similar to the now ancient popular video games offered to be “played” in front of a screen in your living room. (Wii etc.)
VR workouts can also be customized to fit the individual needs and goals of the user. Allowing the workouts to be tailored to fit the fitness level and goals of the user, whether they are just starting out with exercise or are more advanced. Most VR workouts allow users to adjust the intensity and duration of their workouts, as well as choose from a variety of different exercises and activities.
In addition to being immersive and customizable, VR workouts also offer a more convenient way to exercise, assuming you have some kind of private space to get immersive. Instead of having to go to the gym or follow along with a video at home, VR workouts make it possible to exercise wherever they have access to a VR headset.
This means that users can work out in the comfort of their own home, or even while traveling. For example, VR workouts can be a good option for people who may not have access to a gym or who prefer to work out alone.
Naturally, despite the many benefits of VR workouts, it’s important to note that they are not a replacement for traditional workouts.
While VR workouts can be a fun and effective way to exercise, they may not offer the same benefits as activities like lifting weights or running. It’s important to incorporate a variety of different types of exercises into your fitness routine in order to get the full range of benefits that physical activity has to offer.
A few example workout packages
If you’re interested in trying out VR workouts, there are a number of options available. Some popular VR workouts include:
Supernatural: This VR workout uses a combination of cardio, strength, and yoga exercises set to music to provide a full-body workout. The immersive environment of Supernatural allows users to feel like they are participating in a group fitness class, even when they are working out alone.
Beat Saber: This VR game combines elements of rhythm and sword fighting to provide an intense cardio workout. Players must slash through blocks to the beat of the music, which requires quick reflexes and full body movement.
BoxVR: As the name suggests, this VR workout is all about boxing. Users can choose from a variety of different workouts and exercises, including shadow boxing, heavy bag workouts, and sparring sessions.
The Invisible Hours: This VR game combines elements of mystery and puzzle-solving with a full-body workout. Players must solve a crime by exploring a mansion and interacting with the environment, which requires a combination of strength, balance, and coordination.
If you don’t mind strapping in, VR workouts can be a fun and convenient way to exercise, get entertained and stay fit. Perhaps not likely to achieve the same benefits as traditional workouts, they can be a alternative option for people looking to add some variety to their fitness routine or who prefer to work out at home.
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