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Is the Virtual Gym Already a Reality?

Posted on August 26, 2015  in virtual keep fit

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If you are looking for a fun way to stay fit virtual reality is definitely going to be for you. Up until a few months ago, working out with the aid of the video gaming would have been impossible. The only choice you would have had was to use the Wii Fit and other online games to stay fit. However, finally oculus Rift and Gear VR I have been to the realm of the gym.

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Today, it is easy to find applications for these virtual reality headsets that you can use to help you to work out more effectively. Here are just a few of them:

Temple Run VR

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Temple Run VR works well with the Galaxy Note 4 and Samsung’s Oculus headset. In this game, you are running in a virtual environment without any particular changes it direction. This makes it ideal for use in the gym.
Running in a virtual environment is certainly a lot more fun than running on the treadmill. You tend to push yourself more without realizing that you are doing so. Time flies by because it does not feel like you are running in a boring gym.

Virtual Reality spin classes using Wildrun

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With the help of an Oculus Rift headset and a special adapter, it is now possible to go for a virtual cycle ride. The developers of Wildrun have made it possible for you to take your road bike and lock it into a docking station that has microcontrollers embedded into it.

The microcontrollers simulate road or track resistance and speed that correspond to the environment that is presented through the headset. Currently backgrounds are limited but more course and environments are being developed.

The ultimate virtual reality workout

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Icaros has come up with the most effective virtual reality piece of gym kit. In fact it so good that it could easily replace the need to go to the gym at all. The Icaros team have worked in conjunction with the German design company Hyve.

The new gym gadget is currently in its 2nd incarnation. It is an odd-looking piece of kit. When on it you are in a face down position balanced on a kind of gimble. The gimble moves as you navigate the environment you see the virtual reality headset. To move you have to use your muscles. From the looks of things, it is going to give us a stunning core workout. The games being developed for the device include a deep-water swimming experience and they are experimenting with the idea of an interstellar flight game.

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There is little doubt that virtual reality will soon become a regular part of our lives. Exactly how it will be used to keep us fit remains to be seen. However, it is obvious that virtual reality is going to stop up from putting on weight by sitting around on the couch playing video games. At that point, the world of video gaming will have gone full circle.

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