Fitness and video games seem like natural enemies of each other. Yet thanks to virtual reality these two activities can supplement each other.
This isn't like the Wii which was supposed to be a mix of activity and fun. The Wii had the problem of relying too much on hand motions for interaction and exercise. This ends up providing a sub-par gaming experience and a sub-par exercise experience.
Virtual or augmented reality can be easily paired together with real exercise equipment as a supplement.
Virtual reality's main purpose in exercise is to disassociate the user from the exercise and to provide an incentive beyond the long-term one of becoming a healthier person. Both these purposes can be summarized with the phrase fatigue management. Many of us know, sadly from experience, that it is very possible to neglect our body's wants, such as food, when immersed in something as simple as watching TV. When immersed in our VR headset it would be easier to push through fatigue and to reach our exercise goals. Of course, virtual reality as a means of disassociation shouldn't be used for anything but cardio. In most exercise routines form is infinitely more important than constant repetition and attention would need to be paid to said form. This is where augmented reality comes in.
Augmented reality can help train people on correct form, having an example right in front of their eyes while still being able to see. Advanced software could make use of 3-D mapping on augmented reality devices in order to make suggestions to form in real time. In addition augmented reality can serve as a means of conveying information such as heart rate in a easier to read format than the on-machine displays.
You can read more on the implementation of VR into fitness at this "wearable.com" article.
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