Virtual Reality is emerging as a powerful tool in the fight against the sedative lifestyle, and adult & childhood obesity. An estimated 15% of virtual reality games burn enough calories during typical play to qualify as medium to intense exercise.
In metabolic testing at the VR Institute of Health and Exercise and SFSU’s Kinesiology labs, the most intense games like Thrill of the Fight, Knockout League, Beat Saber, and others are capable of burning more calories/minute than most dedicated workout equipment at the gym.
But they’re way more fun and far less painful.
This app is built on hundreds of hours of VR-specific metabolic testing using research-grade equipment, making it the only official calorie tracker designed to be accurate for the muscle activation of VR.
- Accurately track your heart rate and calories in VR (heart rate monitor required)
- Personalize your calorie predictions per game
- Discover and compare new healthy VR games
- Free to use, transparent methodology
- The official app of the VR Health Ratings org.
Accurately Track Heart Rate and Calories in VR:
The VR Exercise Tracker uses hundreds of hours of metabolic VR data to predict your calorie cost in each game we rate. General exercise trackers struggle to predict accurate calorie burn from heart rate because there’s no public data on the muscle activation of typical VR titles. We have that data.
See Personalized Calorie Predictions:
Even before you start playing a game, the VR Exercise Tracker uses each game’s VR Health rating to calculate expected calorie burn for you, based on your age, weight, and gender.
Discover New Healthy VR Games:
There are new games coming out all the time that are good exercise, making VR a refreshable piece of exercise equipment. Finding those games is now much easier. Easily see an ordered list of all games rated by the VRHI, from highest expected calorie burn to the lowest.
Free and Transparent:
The VR Health Institute is an independent ratings organization dedicated to promoting healthy VR. This app is a service of the institution, and will always be free to use. The VRHI is also dedicated to clear and transparent science, and we publish our methodology at our website at https://vrhealth.institute.
Compatible With Standard Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitors, Apple Watch, & HealthKit:
The VR Exercise Tracker is designed to be compatible with standard Bluetooth heart rate monitors, and syncs data to HealthKit. Here are a few models that we have tested:
- Apple Watch
- Polar H10
- Polar H7
- Mi Band 2
- Mi Band 3
- Mi Band 4
The Official App of the VR Health Institute (Our Backstory):
In 2016, the VR Health Institute created the VR Health Rating system, an independent system for rating VR content using research-grade metabolic equipment. For 3 years, the VR Health Institute has been collaborating with the Kinesiology department at San Francisco State University to collect metabolic data on VR experiences using COSMED and PARVO metabolic carts.
These are the academic standard for metabolic research, and typically range from $75,000 to $150,000 each. Much of this data has already been published in peer reviewed scientific journals, or is pending publication.
How Can You Help?:
This project is both an emerging area of research and a passion project for our team. Various graduate students, researchers, companies, and industry experts have contributed. But it is still new, and we all need to work to make it better. Here are a few ways you can help the project, if you are interested:
- Please provide bug and feedback via the app feedback tool.
- Join our discord channel at https://discord.gg/wF3PYnB
- Encourage developers to submit games for rating by the VRHI
- Stick with us. We’re new to app creation. It’s a learning experience.
Game List Updated:
- Shows Last 3 Games on Intensity Filter
- Games can be added as Favorites (Tap the star icon)
- New Filter for Favorites
You can now set Burned Calories as an Alarm-Target for Workouts
Bluetooth and Stability Fixes
MI Band Crashing Fix (Reconnect Device and check Info-Message)
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
Cool concept needs Apple Watch pairing
App seems like an awesome way to keep track with calories and fitness but needing a separate heart rate monitor is annoying. If Apple Watch is added in the future this would be a 10/10 app.
Developer Response ,
Hi, HaydenMDD, I'm pleased to say that the latest release added support for both the Apple Watch and also HealthKit. Please feel free to take a look at the app again, and let us know if you have any issues. :) Thanks again for your originial interest in the app. The team at the VR Health Institute is still plugging away at it. :)
Neat idea, works great!
Just used this to track a round of Beat Saber with my Apple Watch, had no issues. Seems like a lot of the issues in past reviews have been fully addressed and the app is now good to go 👍
Just what you need while stuck inside!
This is a great way to keep fit while you’re quarantined. Working up a sweat and having fun at the same time!
- VR Health Network Inc.
- 140.3 MB
- Health & Fitness
Requires iOS 12.0 and watchOS 4.3.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- © 2019 VR Health Network
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.