Why Working Out In VR Is Game-Changing

Why Working Out In VR Is Game-Changing

Virtual Reality is not just about gaming. There are things that you can do in VR that
not everyone might be aware of, and we want to change that with our videos. Today, we are touching on a normally very
boring job but turns into an incredibly fun one with VR. We are talking about working out. Nowadays, studies have proven that exercising
in VR can burn more calories per minute than most dedicated workout equipment at the gym. Apps dedicated to VR gaming are now available
that can track your calories more accurately. Even Apple believes in it so much that they
added a Fitness Gaming work out type on their watches! Everything points to VR being the future of
exercising. But it’s not only in the future; it is already
in the present. So in this video, I’ll tell you about working
out in VR and give you tips and tricks on how to get started yourself. Hey everyone! Cas here, and I welcome you to another DIVE
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what the doctors say, but I’m usually very demotivated to actually dress up and go to
the gym after work. Because I think going to the gym is boring
and timeconsuming. And I’m sure I’m not the only person who thinks
that. Most of my friends around me work out, but
don’t find it the most fun job to do. They feel great after, but actually going
can sometimes be… difficult. But now, I am using VR as my workout, and
it feels great. I don’t have much trouble getting started
because I actually enjoy it. But don’t just take my word on it. Let’s check out some success stories. For example, in this article by VR Scout,
they talk about Robert, who developed a daily 30-min work out routine using just Beat Saber
and lost 138 pounds in only two months. If you don’t know Beat Saber, you might be
living under a rock, or maybe I’m just living in a VR bubble. But Beat Saber is one of the most popular
VR rhythm games where you use lightsabers to slash boxes that come at you at the beat
of the music. It’s a ton of fun, but I can assure you, once
you learn how to play on an Expert-level or higher, doing it for 30 minutes can really
tire you out. Robert says that it worked for him because
it drew his inner child, so he was able to give it his all and have fun doing it. Here’s another success story from Reddit user
/u/geoffbowman. He says he has been on a six month VR fitness
journey using Beat Saber to determine the results one can get from only adding VR cardio
to an otherwise unchanged lifestyle and diet. He shows a picture of the results and says
that he is 30 pounds down. And it looks good! These success stories are in line with a research
study by the VR Institute of Health & Exercise that says five minutes of working out in an
active VR game burns more calories than making love. For example, five minutes of Audio Trip, which
is another rhythm VR game, burns 3.47 times more calories than a night of passion. I think the best thing about working out in
VR is that it doesn’t feel like a boring session in a gym. It just feels like I’m playing a game, and
that makes it enjoyable for me. Because of that, it’s much easier to keep
motivated. This is why I wanted to make this video. I want to inspire you to start doing this,
too, if you haven’t yet. And if you have friends who don’t like gaming,
they might like getting a VR headset just for this. So please do share my video with your friends
and give it a thumbs up if you found it interesting so far. If you want to get started too, the two basic
things you will need are a VR headset and some VR games. If you don’t have a headset yet, I recommend
getting an Oculus Quest because its standalone, and wireless. You can get one for 400 US dollars. Now, you don’t need the following two things,
but I do prefer using it — a calorie tracker with a heart monitor. I use these to track my VR work out more accurately. However, you could also use a smartwatch like
the Fitness Gaming work out type on the Apple Watch that I talked about before. But since VR is still a pretty new industry,
normal calorie trackers might not give you accurate data. So I recommend using a calorie tracker that
is dedicated to VR gaming. I have found two that I like; the YUR FIT
app and the app by the VR Institute of Health & Exercise themselves. Both apps are free. But the one I prefer using is YUR Fit. It’s currently in Early Access. You can download the desktop app on Steam
or sideload the app on the Oculus Quest. If you don’t know how to sideload, I’ve made
a guide on it in a previous video which I’ll link it in the description. I like the YUR Fit app because it shows an
overlay during my VR gaming sessions. The overlay shows data on your workout, like
how many calories you’ve burned, how long you have been working out, your current heart-rate,
and even how many times you’ve squatted. The heart-rate is only available if you connect
a heart monitor. Here’s a list of all monitors that are supported
by the YUR app. I am using a Wahoo TICKR, and I’m pretty satisfied
with it. I will put a link below in case you are looking
for one too. After a VR workout session, you can view your
historical data to see how you performed. This only works if you have an account though. It’s all synchronized in the cloud, too, so
you can log in anywhere to view the data. I’ve tried using YUR on my PC, and afterward
I went to my Quest, and both sessions are combined in my account. I also have the app on my phone, which I think
is even handier. But another thing I like about the YUR Fit
app is that it uses extra gamification to motivate you. You can level up by burning calories. The more calories you burn, the more points
you get for your level. There’s a leaderboard too, which can help
if competition is something that motivates you. Then there is the app by the VR Institute
of Health and Exercise. This is an institute that studies the impact
of virtual reality exercise on the human body. Their app is available on the Apple App Store
and the Google Play store. In their app, you can also connect a heart
monitor, but it seems to support fewer heart monitors because I could not get it working
with my Wahoo TICKR. But what I like about this app is that it
shows a list of many different games, and it tells you how many calories you will burn
per minute. They’ve rated those games by doing the tests
themselves, and they are transparent about how they do these tests. If you want to know what their methods were,
it’s all on their website. VR game developers can submit their game for
rating if they think it could be used as a workout. Not only can you use this app as a tracker,
but you can also use it to find games that you can add to your VR workout routine. We’re almost at the end of this video, so
I wanted to share some of my VR game recommendations that I like using for my workout. First of all, Beat Saber is one of my favorites. With Beat Saber, I do feel like I’m only training
my arms, though. So I usually combine this game with other
games. I also like Audio Trip. This game is great for a full-body workout. Here, triangles and lines fly at you that
you have to follow with your arms. What makes this game different is that it
has a great flow that makes your whole body move. A choreographer stands in front of you that
shows you dance moves that you can mirror. The game makes you feel like you are dancing. Whether it actually look like dancing in real
life, I don’t know 😉 Plus Audio Trip has some very catchy songs
like Satisfaction from Benny Benassi. Lastly, I’ve been playing a lot of Pistol
Whip, which trains your legs as well as you will squat a lot while dodging bullets. This is especially noticeable when you play
on harder difficulties. Here, you enter an autorunning level that
looks like an action scene from a movie. Targets will start shooting at you, and you
have to defend yourself by shooting back while dodging the bullets. The beautiful level designs are all on the
beat of the music; even when you dodge a bullet, you can hear the bullet fly past you. The game just gives you energy. It’s great and, at the moment, one of my favorite
VR workout games. I’ve named a lot of music games as my favorites
but you can also play VR games of other genres as a workout. There’s, for example, Until You Fall, a procedurally
generated sword fighting game that can be an intense activity too. If you want more tips, check out the ratings
in the app by the VR Institute of Health & Exercise. Now, I know gaming in VR might not work for
everyone. What motivates me might not be the same for
you. For example, I get motivated by these gamification
elements. If I can see my progress, and I can level
up with my calorie points, then I feel more motivated to keep on doing it. Plus I like games. So if you are anything like me, then I do
think it’s worth giving it a try. Let us know if you are going to get started
now and if you already exercise in VR, what games do you recommend playing? Put ‘ em down below so everyone can get some
more suggestions. Again, thanks for watching! You are amazing! I hope to see you all in the next video. A special thanks goes to our Right-Hand Patrons. Big thanks to artArmin’s for his long-term
support! Check out artArmin’s YouTube page! Another shout out goes to BaxornVR and his
VR YouTube channel! As always VR on! [Bloopers]

Comments (100)

  1. Are you working out in VR yet? What are your go-to games?

    Timestamps are here!

    00:00 – Intro

    02:18 – VR Workout Succes Stories

    03:34 – VR Workout Research Study

    04:12 – Best way to do your VR workout

    05:20 – YUR Fit

    06:41 – VR Institute of Health & Exercise app

    07:34 – My favorite workout VR games

  2. I need to update my iwatch, didn't know they added a VR Fitness tracker, I have to agree with you about working out in VR, it's amazing especially with fun games like Beat Saber or PistolWhip. I personally love Blade & Sorcery myself, that's my workout cheat.

  3. 3:50
    vr is better than sex, confirmed 😅

  4. I literally laughed out loud at the censored "Okay G#&@le" in the ad spot. Glad to see this channel getting more support 😁.

  5. good that you girls beeped out the ''Hey, Google'' command, lol.

    since i have a Google Home speaker standing on my desk, on the left side of my monitor.
    (the same type you have)

  6. Fitness plus game is outstanding. The result is = BEAT saber
    Hey i loved that tracked wallet. I always wanted something like this for everything i have. Hahhahahaha

    Yur fit appears to be amazing! I loved to know..i Will search more about It… Thank you

  7. If you want to get a fuller, harder workout from Beat Saber, I suggest trying to dance and bounce around with the music, and try to use your arms and torso to swing instead of just your wrists. This always brings my heart rate up, though it brings my score down. It is a lot of fun to jump up and down through the dense sections of Overkill on expert plus, though I have to do it on no fail mode.

  8. i just got beat saber today i feel a little tired but its still the best game on my PSVR

  9. vr is good for arms, not great for girls, unless want manly muscles and shoulders

  10. for me it's Until you fall with squatting every time you dash (teleport). Works out both hands and legs. Also about this wahoo tickr, where does it attach? I've read it attaches at the chest but how the hell can it stay in contact when moving then?! Also it would constrain movement, wouldn't it? Or am i missing something?

  11. Finally got round to playing pistol whip last night and wow, that made me sweat 😁creed is another great one aswell

  12. The Free App " Nvidia Funhouse" is also a very good App for this!

  13. Calvin Klein tshirt 😏 Joke 😂 Virtual Reality is amazing 🖐🏻😍

  14. YUR app was the second app i side loaded on my quest so here's my results thus far in 2 week i burn over 3000 calories and i lost 9lbs #awesome

  15. i've been using a weighted vest while in VR
    and I feel the burn

  16. The first reason why I bought my Quest was for health. I have MS so have to be careful with exercising. Now daily I do 30 mins VR Box, 20 mins Beat Saber and 10 mins cooldown in Dance Central. Also, I have incorporated a fasting lifestyle. Now, I don't weigh myself but I feel so much better and my sleep is also much better than it used to be.
    And, I enjoy doing it. No posers allowed in my gym! 8))
    Cheers for the video.
    Edit – Is there an Android YUR fit app? Looked but cannot find it.

  17. I've got another way for her to workout 😉😉

  18. 1:22 THANKS for the bleep…

    I have too many Android phones and Google homes inside my house

  19. Why don't you use boxvr for workout? Not fun?

  20. i know that you said that you never try out 90s vr i think it would be cool if you try it 90s vr in the future one day you don't have to if you don't want to i will never actually force nobody to do things that they don't wanna do because i also don't like being force pressure that do things that i really don't wanna do either that's just wishes thinking since your a fan of vr now a days i also want to say that we also can't not force anymore who does not like vr don't care about vr to get into virtual reality i want to give you some advice to just let them be by letting them make there own free decisions we all have our own difference preference we all have our difference taste what appeals to us that we love and what does not appeal to us that we don't like it's ok with me but like you said vr may not work for everyone by not being for everyone which i know that your fine with that i'm just giving you advice just in case that's all and I hate regular exercise because i don't care about it i think it's boring not fun to me at all and it can make me tired and be painful but my family and parents do take me out sometime for a walk to get some exercise since they know that i don't like regular exercise and i know it's good for our health which is a fear i know that nintendo came out with ring fit adventure on nintendo switch which is a exercise video game if i was to do exercise if i do get tired of doing video game exercise i would take a break from doing it get back to it when i'm ready i think it would be awesome if nintendo made ring fit adventure vr in the future since it's doing well and i would rather do video game exercise on virtual reality since i'm a huge vr fan and fan of video games than do regular exercise because i think video game exercise is fun to me that's just my honest opinion

  21. I wish I could get Yur to work with my Oculus Rift PC
    But loved the video!

  22. One of the main reasons I bought my Quest was for health. Now I'm using it for that every day. The games I play for health are mainly The Climb, Beat Saber and BoxVR

  23. What can I say? Thanks for the entertainment. haha!!

  24. The most calorie burning game that i played was Racket Fury in Practice mode.

  25. The year is 2020

    G**gle is always watching and listening, so we must censor their name, never to speak of them directly in fear of being found out.

  26. What I like about this channel is that you know your audience well! You compared five minutes of audio trip to a night of passion. That's absolutely perfect for me because a night of passion also lasts about the same time. Thanks C&C and happy valentines day!

  27. Thrill of the fight is a great workout game.

  28. I was happily surprised when I was playing Pistol Whip and I realized “I’m doing squats” not because I wanted to exercise, I was simply trying to not hit the bullets or the tunnel thing.

  29. 1:25 to 1:29 good times

  30. This was a great video. Though I would like to play more games on my Quest, I mainly use it for fitness. I have (of course) Beatsaber, BoxVR, Racket Fury and Racket Fx. But because those last two – though fun – only let me use my right arm, I don't really fancy them. Thanks for showing the Software Monitor. Unfortunately it doesn't support the heart-rate monitor on my Huawei GT-C81. That's a shame.
    Groetjes uit Thailand!

  31. you can work out , but you aren't building up any muscle
    it's good to loose a few pounds maybe

  32. "Hey F*&*$#! where is my wallet?" 🙂 Great video as always. I have found Thrill of the Fight to be an awesome work out that is totally fun. I have been trying to explain to friends that this is a new era of video games where you are not sitting around in front of your console, you are up and active.

  33. Great vid, I recommend a set of VR covers to keep it clean, and Quest earbuds so you don't yank the cord with beat saber.

    Hopefully I can get in shape with VR!

  34. That was a great video. I also use VR for fitness. Racked NX is also a game that works for fitness. But i have to say that i can't recomment the quest without the link cable. There are not very much games out now but you have tons of games on steam and the oculus S store.

  35. Synth Riders and BoxVR on Oculus Quest are extremly good for a workout. I've been at it for around six weeks and it is amazing. Gets my heart rate up to 170 and a hell of a sweat! I can't do the gym, but this is just fun.

  36. Hey Cas and Chary can you upload a video of how to use VR porn? I know you can download and app called SLR , BUT how do you use the gloves and Haptic Vest with it?

  37. I get enough of a workout playing Boneworks already. That game works all of your muscles. After you're done playing everything will hurt for a few days.

  38. Somebody pirates quest games lol might want to remove that part. Also I’d take making love over VR any day

  39. I totally confirm that I lose weight playing Beat saber in expert/expert+, I've lost at least 10 kilograms (idk how many pounds are that xD) BTW what face mask do you recomend for exercising in the Oculus Rift? I tend to sweat a lot the first 15 minutes playing 😮

  40. Thrill of the fight is one of the best workout games

  41. Before my sensor broke waiting for it to be replaced , i have been working out in vr for for a while now probably about a year im down 60 pounds tho!, no diet or lifestyle changes, about 60 more to go and i will finally be super happy with my appearence for the first time in years, i played an array of games but mostly beatsaber and sprint vector.

  42. I started playing BoxVR a few weeks ago. It's a really cool game where you have to do squats and sidesteps too. You can play pre made workout sessions by trainers or just put up a playlist, choose a difficulty and have a nice workout. I really recommend BoxVR.

  43. I agree that it is good exercise. But I'm confused by your comparison with it being better than making love. Because I don't think most people don't want to stop doing that. Certainly not me. Haha

  44. I've actually had to start going to the gym to lift because my arms look so disproportionate because of the swinging motion in beat saber only really does the middle muscle of your arm so I just have two massive bulges coming out of my arms that look like cysts or something to that nature.

  45. Great vid. Thanks.

  46. I just started getting serious on my VR workout about two weeks ago, wish me luck!

  47. No need to bleep out the “Hey Google” because nobody has bought any of their devices sales-wise! Lmao! Love your videos!

  48. I am using my own game VRWorkout (free for the Quest via Sidequest). I designed it to be a full body workout, a bit like calisthenics, with crunches, pushups, squats, jumping and optionally running.

  49. I have the Valve Index, and the knuckles appear to track my heart rate.

  50. BoxVR and Eleven are my favorite workout games. Creed was pretty good too.

  51. 6:20 so you are pirates too.

  52. Last week I did a VR workout (on Oculus Quest) with a couple of 0,5kg wrist weights. I started with a couple of rounds on Beat Saber, then switched to Thrill of The Fight and ended with another couple of songs on Beat Saber. 30 minutes of Beat Saber and boxing made me sweat like a pig and my heart rate almost going throught the roof. I think that if I do that several times a week, I will get a much better physical condition. Thanks for the tip to install Yur. I just sideloaded it on my Quest. Curious to see how it works.

  53. I’ve been Running 🏃🏻 in VR using My “Cybershoes” while Standing up, Yup! Note: I Modified a Harness System to use them while Standing! Rather, then sitting and Yes, it Works! A Very Fun Work Out in Deed! Sooo Cool! I just recently got a Punching Bag, I am thinking of using Velcro Straps to Mod My Oculus Quest Controllers to the back of My Boxing Gloves 🥊 this way when I hit the Person in VR… I actually hit My 100lb “Everlast” Punching Bag! 💪VR is Perfect for Exercise, “Feel the Burn!” 😉👌🤓👍😎✌️

  54. I hope someone makes a list of VR games that can be used for exercise that are NOT rhythm games like Beat Saber. I hate those kinds of games and I suck at them much too much to be ever able to enjoy them. Throwing things fast at your face cannot be the only approach on VR exercise, I hope.

  55. Did you get QooCam 8K!?!?

  56. Thumbnail was a joke? 🙁

  57. UPDATE: Fitbit heart rate monitor works without any setup.

    I love BoxVR so much. I just started about a month ago and its amazing. I love it because, like you said, going to the gym is time costly and I find it easier to work out at home in my underwear (more comfortable too). I tie it in with a pull up bar and i get amazing workout in 1.5 hrs. Looking forward to trying this yurfit app out and I'm hoping for fitbit heart rate monitoring support.

    if you have a chance check out some of my music on my channel. Thank you for making these vids keep them coming.

  58. Any VR Boxing game is a great workout.

  59. Sprint Vector on PSVR is my favourite VR workout. Great game!

  60. Time to start running on a treadmill with weights on your arms while doing it to maximize output

  61. Nice and helpful vid, thanks !

  62. It's true. Vr makes some people sweat, even if they don't do exercise games. Lol

  63. Even if the calories are not exact, it doesn't matter. I'm think people get to worried on exacts. What's more important is you are actually doing something than nothing. If your knackered, then it's working. 😁👍

  64. If I play every level of Pistols whip in a row the top part of my shirt gets drenched in sweat. It's my top pick of VR exercise.

  65. I've been doing Beat Saber for a year, 0.5h a day on average. I manage expert+ now. Also intermittent fasting for about 3 months + less junk food. For a month I've been playing also Thrill of the Fight. I'm in my best shape ever.
    Recommend to everyone🙂

  66. It’s not for workout , this is for after workout – is great for Meditation. Did you tried Tripp ?

  67. Anyone besides me notice dude @3:32 did some manscaping to celebrate his weight loss? 😂😂

  68. I like to warm up with Beat Saber, followed by Thrill of the Fight for my main workout, then cool down with BoxVR.

  69. Hiii, I love your cahnnel! question: I cant find YUR app in my oculus. I am living in germany, europe. maybe it is not available here? I dont know, it is very weird. I just cant find it

  70. Holy shit I was the 10,000th view

  71. I am using beat saber and box vr

  72. you have the same background as me.

  73. I read that putting “faster notes” in beat saber on expert or expert+ really helps with making the game more intense as well. although its way hard on some levels haha.

  74. Why would anyone want to work out in VR. Your head will sweat like crazy and your lenses will fog over. Yuck!

  75. Yep, that headsets gonna make her neck nice and wide and muscular.

  76. Those are short "nights of passion" they must not be very good. Ijs.

  77. This actually did inspire me to try this. Thanks…

  78. Thank you for this! I just got my Quest, and I'm trying to get into exercise sessions with Beat Saber and Thrill of the Fight. Heard about the YUR app, but this VR Institute of Health and Exercise app is new to me. 🙂

  79. wait.. don't you guys live in America? you showed a 10 euro bill around the start

  80. Sound Boxing needs more love!!!!! Best VR workout you will ever get!

  81. Lost 60 pounds in Beat Saber! Only 60 more to go!

  82. 30年前のMSDNの新人研修でフラッシュメモリーの研究してるってサンドイッチみたいな絵を描いてたっけ、Dラムが暴落して会社なくなったけど

  83. Try Fruit Ninja for exercise. Surprisingly you do move your body into different positions and when the fruit goes flying fast and there is a lot of fruit at one time you will get a little bit sweaty and your heart rate going. Arcade mode is about the best mode for exercise I believe.

  84. VR ain't good for your eyes. Get real fitness is way better .

  85. Why isn't there a single word on maintaining headset hygiene and comfort? Otherwise great video.

  86. after installing YUR, my VR-playtimes raised a lot. Minimum target: 500cal/each day 🙂 Thanks for this tip

  87. Beat Saber is one hell of a workout !

  88. I have gotten visible results building muscles by using BoxVR on the Quest for 2 months.

  89. Thank you for making this video. I've been using my vr headset for working out ever since I got it years ago. But I don't ever see people using it that way. My go to games are audioshield and beat saber with 2lb gloves.

  90. PREACH! I loooove VR for exercise. Synthriders, Pistol Whip, Ohshape, Beatsaber, BoxVR, the list just goes ON

  91. Do you connect the Wahoo tickr to your phone or pc?

  92. A VR game that is very amazing for a good workout is BOXVR from Oculus Quest. It is like Beat Saber and boxing together.

  93. More calories than making love? I don't think thats why people make love….

  94. I can highly recomment BoxVR and thrill of the fight. These games are burning a lot of calories and let u sweet like a horse 😀 They are training your shoulder, arm, back and leg muscles too. I love workout in VR! It's for me a very good addon to my workouts in a traditional Gym.

  95. Thrill of the fight and BoxVR are amazing workouts!

  96. I thought about this the first time I played Beat Saber at this new vr arcade in the mall. The only issue I had is that I'm a heavy sweater so it's hard for me to keep the headset on for long sessions. Would that damage the headset over time?

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