Virtual Reality - Video Games As Exercise

I've been a gamer for as long as I can remember, playing the NES and SNES as a kid, and also for as long as I can remember, video games have been thought of as a lazy and unhealthy hobby. Now with Virtual Reality, things have changed as your whole body is the controller, especially so with Room-Scale VR. The thought is still taking some getting used to even for me, but playing video games can be some solid exercise. Already, we're seeing some amazing stories come about of people who, in combination with a good diet and healthy eating, are using VR games to loose a whole lot of excess weight and are having a blast doing it.

I've come across three stand out cases and wanted to share them here since one of the planned memberships at Digital Worlds is a workout focused membership for those looking to burn some calories, do some squats, and even build some muscle all while playing video games.

Job Stauffer lost just over 50 pounds in five months while playing the game Soundboxing. “I was unhealthy. At my worst I was over 300 pounds. It came to the point where my doctor finally said you need to get the heck in shape. I was at that lowest low point where he was basically saying you need to do something or you’re gonna die.” He started he sessions out at 20 minutes but then they grew to 25 minutes, 45 minutes, and eventually he got to the point that he would sometimes stay in the HMD playing VR for up to 90 minutes. 

Bill Lindsay got to almost 400 pounds when he decided it was time for healthy eating and VR to save him from a shorter life and expensive medical bills. In around nine months he was able to lose 90 pounds by playing titles like BoxVR and Beat Saber for an hour every day. "When I first started this I knew I needed to get healthier but I didn’t really think I felt that bad. But after losing the 90 pounds thus far, it is amazing how much better I feel. I am sleeping better, I have far more and more consistent energy throughout the day and both my heart rate and blood pressure have come down quite a bit."

Robert Long went from 468 pounds to 330 pounds while playing Beat Saber every day for either 30 or 60 minutes each time. Yes, you read that right, he lost 138 pounds. Robert was involved in some car accidents that let to a damaged neck and back which started the series of unfortunate events leading to his weight gain. He began to do research on possible workouts that he could do with his injuries and he discovered Virtual Reality and specifically the game Beat Saber. “It worked for me because it drew in my inner child so I was able to give my all and have fun doing it... If you give this workout and game your all, you will see some amazing results." 

Reading these kinds of stories are always a treat. I am very excited to see people (and myself) get healthy and staying fit by playing video games. Digital Worlds will offer a Workout Membership specifically for those people who are looking to have a similar story as Job, Bill, and Robert and the membership will give you access to curated titles that offer the best caloric burn rates and can get you to do a whole lot of squats.