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‘FitXR’ Update Adds Formula One-style High Intensity Training Exercises

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FitXR , the subscription-based VR workout app for Oculus Quest, launched its third in-game exercise regime which brings High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) to the mix. The developers say the new HIIT studio includes instructor-led exercises and reaction-based fitness games like professional F1 driver reaction training.

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VR Health & Exercise Institute Finds Many VR Games Are Better Exercise Than a Treadmill

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According to Aaron Stanton, director of the newly-founded Virtual Reality Institute of Health and Exercise , many of the popular VR games and applications are actually more effective at burning calories than a traditional treadmill exercise routine. Image courtesy VR Institute of Health and Exercise.

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One of the Biggest Names in Home Fitness is Making a VR Exercise Bike

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Among the lot was the NordicTrack VR Bike, an upcoming exercise bike which includes a steerable yoke replete with standard controller input buttons, directional pad, triggers, etc. ” SEE ALSO VR Health & Exercise Institute Finds Many VR Games Are Better Exercise Than a Treadmill. Image courtesy ICON, NordicTrack.

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The Vive Focus 3 On The International Space Station Is Now Being Used For Exercise Too

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The VR headset on the International Space Station is now being used for exercise as well as mental health. The reduced gravity environment of space causes muscle atrophy and bone density loss, and regular exercise helps mitigate these effects. This is why astronauts typically exercise for at least two hours per day.

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Even a Little Exercise Appears to Prevent Depression in New Study

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Research this month points to a mental health benefit from regularly exercising. This association was most apparent in people who appeared to meet the recommended amount of exercise a… Read more. The review found that people who reported being physically active were noticeably less likely to later be diagnosed with depression.

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Exercise Can Boost Brain Health Even in People Who Already Have Signs of Dementia

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New research adds to evidence that exercise can improve cognition, especially later in life. The study found that older people who regularly exercised had greater levels of proteins crucial to their brain’s health, compared to those who didn’t exercise. These differences were apparent even in people whose brains… Read more.

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Apple Fitness Plus now includes post-childbirth exercise routines

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After giving birth, postpartum exercise is something that should be navigated consciously and safely. Aimed at helping new parents reconnect with exercise and themselves, the new post-pregnancy collection offered by Apple is hosted by coaches who are mothers, some of whom gave birth just about a year ago.