In this article, you’re going to receive a handful of tips that you can refer back to whenever you’re feeling off-track. Once you hit your stride, I’m confident that you’ll be as blown away by VR fitness as I was at the beginning of my journey.
So without further ado, here you go:
#1: Choose Your Apps Wisely
Sitting down or standing still while shooting a wave of robots with your controller will never get you the same fitness results as doing 1,000 jabs and 100 squats in under 15 minutes.
But in VR, you might be asked to complete both actions- even at the same time, in the same game. The only constant is that, in VR, you are always present in your own physical space.
This is why it’s important to choose the right VR fitness games for the type of workout you’d like. It’s also why you should choose games that you can easily play in your playspace.
Fortunately, I’ve already created a complete workout plan that you can use, and a separate guide to choosing the right type of exercise. Check both of those guides to get specific, in-depth tips on the right games.
#2: Know Your Limits
You need to take breaks, eat, and drink water.
Like with any other type of recreational activity, VR uses up energy- and there’s only so much you can give. Many VR titles come with a warning, and if you’re anything like me you’ll ignore them and skip to the fun bits.
But take it from the guy who died falling into a glass table, or the guy who had a seizure in his VR headset- you’re better off keeping your limits in check.
#3: Don’t Take Days Off
This might seem contrary to my previous advice, but it isn’t. If you’re going to take VR fitness seriously, then you can’t take days off.
Just like any other type of fitness regimen: Use it or lose it.
You don’t necessarily have to go crazy with the HIIT routines every day. Some days you should play lower intensity games for light exercise. But preferably, you’re going to run (any) VR routine at least once per day. Play an hour of Rec Room, and you’ll still burn something like 150-200 calories during that hour.
The trick is to ramp your routines up over time so that you don’t overextend yourself.
Example: You can start with 20-minute HIIT sessions every other day and work your way up to hour-long sessions every day.
Whatever you do, don’t give up and don’t let yourself fall back into old habits.
#4: Set Goals
As in a traditional fitness routine, everything you do in VR should be intentional. So, why not set a goal to keep yourself on track?
Each time you go in, you’ll be moving your fitness ticker forward. After all, you will get to move that ticker forward each day by playing video games. What’s not to like?
Set some goals and make each day count.
#5: Track Your Progress
If you own a scale, weigh yourself each day and record the results.
Put them anywhere: On a sticky note, on a whiteboard, or in a document on your computer. You can even slap them on the fridge.
If you own a wearable device that counts steps, calories, heartbeat and workout duration- like an Apple Watch or a Fitbit– record each session and keep each recording.
Why am I suggesting this? Because as long as you follow my other advice, you’ll be facing yourself with quantifiable evidence that you’re winning.
Every. Single. Day.
Motivation is your best friend in life. And also in VR fitness.