She emphasizes how fun the experience has been as many games are made to entertain as well as train. For instance, Beat Saber is a highly popular game in which you get equipped with light sabers used to slice through moving targets following the beat of your favorite song: fun and exhausting!
If you are a competitive soul, like Louise, you don’t need to worry since in VR you can compete with yourself and others! Virtual reality being an online platform can accommodate hundreds of participants at the same time, playing the same game - something which isn’t available in traditional workouts.
Something to keep in mind is the price. Virtual reality fitness does require equipment that can vary in prices. The main thing, a VR headset, can range from £300 on Amazon (for the best quality ones) to around £40 (for the older models); in addition you will need the fitness games, which are sold separately. I believe that it is something of an investment; at the moment it might seem expensive, but remember that it is something that you can use every day, from anywhere, and that gives you access to a high quality and fun workout.
While now it might be rare to see someone working out every day with a VR set, and we wouldn’t expect to see one in the gym, I believe it will be part of our everyday life soon. The pandemic changed the way we approach studying, work and our personal lives and we have seen how almost anything can be done from home, including sports.
Spatial, for instance, which creates a tool that is a VR version of Zoom, reported a 1,000% increase in the use of its platform since March 2020. In total, the value of the market for VR business equipment is estimated to grow from $829 million in 2018 to $4.26 billion by 2023, according to research by ARtillery Intelligence. It’s safe to say VR technology, with its many uses, is bound to become more commonplace in our everyday lives – and perhaps transform the way we keep fit.