Feeling good about yourself: how virtual reality is transforming fitness?

The benefits of physical exercise on physical and mental well-being are indisputable. Thus, every day, several million men and women go to the gym. However, after a few months of intensive training, the majority of them still end up giving up regular exercise. Indeed, an athlete, even the most motivated, ends up getting bored. Lifting weights and running on a mat are terribly boring activities. Perhaps in the years to come, virtual reality will provide a solution to this problem. This technology will soon make it possible to practice a sport activity in the heart of an enchanted city or to build muscles by flying like a bird. Find out how VR sport transforms fitness.

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Sport in VR: How is virtual reality transforming sport?

In recent years, several interesting ideas were issued in the field of Sport in VR. Indeed, virtual reality is constantly evolving and new opportunities appear over time. Of better graphics will promote more realistic experiences, and the gradual disappearance of circuits will give greater freedom to movement to users.

For the moment, there are already a few more or less simplified virtual reality video games intended to allow users to practice sport while having fun. Among these is Selfie Tennis, available on HTC Vive. More sophisticated devices also allow you to develop muscles in VR. Thus, Cooler Master offers a skydiving adventure, Holodia brings to market a rowing machine connected to virtual reality, and Icaros offers to stimulate all parts of the body by flying in a virtual environment. These very expensive systems are already on the market, and prestigious sports halls have already deployed them.

Another very interesting initiative is the VirZoom platform, which is compatible with HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR. This platform allows its user to pedal on a domestic bike while seeing himself in a racing car, on a real bike or on the back of a dragon. Fitbit announced a partnership with VirZoom. Thanks to the manufacturer’s connected bracelets, it is now possible to measure the time, distance traveled, calories burned and heart rate of the user of the racing bike.

A new revolution

In 2017, an obese individual revealed that he had lost 22 pounds in 5 months playing Soundboxing, his favorite virtual reality game. This testimonial illustrates the potential of virtual reality sport and its ability to transform the way we do sport.

In recent years, many companies and other startups have designed applications and accessories to allow the practice of sport in virtual reality. However, the promising fitness RV market appears to have fallen behind.

The reasons seem obvious. No one wishes sweating on a treadmill while wearing a virtual reality headset on forehead. However, in addition to the hardware limitations that hamper the growth in virtual reality, there are other obstacles to consider.

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