Virtual reality gyms herald new way to get fit

Soaring above the clouds like Superman or brawling in disreputable bars could become a part of your regular fitness routine within a few years.

Gyms are beginning to invest in virtual reality (VR) to immerse clients in scenarios that can work up a sweat without the monotony of an ordinary session. Some believe the technology will be a more effective motivator than trends such as zumba and spinning.

Options include high-energy games that are also available to those who have their own headsets at home, such as the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, and a high-powered PC and hand controllers. Such a set-up costs £1,400-plus.

Players of Fruit Ninja use two virtual Samurai swords to cut up fruits as they fly at them. VR Fitness Insider said: “You will be constantly moving once you enter a game mode.”

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Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future.

He lives in London with a single android – a temperamental vacuum cleaner – but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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