7 Top VR Fitness Games Personal Trainers Love

Slicing bullets to the beat of your favorite song, jumping and ducking under laser beams, orcs sword-fighting in the middle of the forest – if these workouts sound a lot more fun than running miles on the treadmill, read on.

With virtual reality (VR) technology, you can work up a sweat and burn some serious calories from the comfort of your living room, says Jimmy Bagley, Ph.D, associate professor of kinesiology and research director of the Strength and Conditioning Laboratory at San Francisco State University, where he studies health and movement in virtual reality. Also, the games can be a lot of fun.

“Virtual reality games aren’t always marketed as exercise, but our research shows that when you play some of them, they can provide the exercise equivalent of walking on a treadmill or cycling on a stationary bike,” says Dr. Bagley.

To get started with VR fitness, you need a VR headset, e.g. B. a Meta Quest 2 (formerly Oculus Quest 2), an HTC Vive Pro or a PlayStation VR. Then you need to download a few games.

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