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The benefits of Virtual Fitness (VR Fitness)

by Goncalo Cabral 18 Nov 2021

Physical activity can be an enjoyable experience that improves a person's life and many people are discovering how to increase their activity through VR games. As regular exercise has benefits for physical, mental and emotional health, there are many reasons to put on virtual reality glasses and have fun on your wellness journey!

Why use VR for physical exercise?

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, adults need to move more and sit less. Most of us already know this, but finding the motivation to do so is a different story and many people who would never commit to other types of exercise will put on a headset for a 30-minute gaming experience that reaps similar results to conditioning programs. traditional physiques.

For substantial health benefits, adults should engage in at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week or 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity. This would be spread out over the week and should be aerobic, meaning the increased heart rate is pumping greater amounts of oxygen to the muscles.

Many VR games offer an equivalent amount of exercise to traditional forms of exercise, such as playing tennis or using an elliptical. Even if a person does not have access to the necessary equipment or places where they can participate in physical activities, VR offers the opportunity to engage in immersive fitness experiences from the comfort of their own homes. This allows them to exercise with just one VR headset and with little space.

Benefits for VR Fitness

Habitual physical activity is associated with numerous health benefits. Among other things, a regular exercise routine:

  • Reduces the risk of high blood pressure
  • Reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Promotes increased circulation
  • Helps reduce and manage stress and anxiety
  • Improves the quality of sleep
  • Improves bone health
  • Keeps joints flexible, increasing range of motion
  • Encourages muscle mass retention
  • Improves balance and coordination, reducing the risk of fall-related injuries
  • Regular exercise can reduce the risk of health decline by reducing risk factors such as excess body weight and poor circulation. An exercise regimen can help prevent injury by keeping joints flexible, increasing range of motion and encouraging retention of muscle mass.

Studies have shown that regular exercise reduces fall-related injuries in older adults. There are probably several reasons for this, but among other things, exercise encourages balance and coordination.

An exercise routine also improves overall well-being, boosting self-esteem and cognitive functioning, and some VR games are specifically designed with challenges, motivation and positive feedback. Supernatural is a great example of this with daily workouts, inspiring content, connections with other community members, etc.

VR games combine physicality and technology in such a way that users are engaged. with the surrounding environment and inclined to play longer, try harder and develop a regular routine.

No more excuses

If you want to improve your overall well-being, VR is a great way to infuse more physical activity into your daily routine with minimal adjustment to your lifestyle.Your physical, mental and emotional well-being is important, so set aside 20-30 minutes a few times a week, find a game you enjoy and start seeing the benefits of VR fitness!

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