VR Health Exercise Tracker

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About this app

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 calculate 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 objective, third-party 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:
The VR Exercise Tracker is designed to be compatible with standard Bluetooth heart rate monitors. Here are a few models that we have tested and recommend:
- Polar H10 (tested and verified)
- Polar H7 (tested and verified)

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 three 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.
Updated on
Feb 5, 2022

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
No data shared with third parties
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This app may collect these data types
Personal info, Health and fitness, and App info and performance
Data isn’t encrypted
You can request that data be deleted

Ratings and reviews

83 reviews
Melissia Wagner
August 27, 2020
Really neat app for someone getting into vr fitness. Gave me some great ideas for games to get for fitness line-up. Unfortunately, I only gave it 3 stars because once I connected my mi band, which I bought because it was compatible with the app, it just crashes a few seconds after I open the app. I cant even get it to stay open long enough to unpair my mi band so I could use it separately. Hope this gets fixed, because otherwise its great.
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VR Health Network
January 8, 2021
Hello, this bug should be fixed with the latest update :)
Neil Nadelman
January 18, 2022
Kind of half baked, missing a key feature While I like the idea of more accurate calorie counting in VR games, their login system can be a bit buggy (As in, it's impossible to reset your password at the moment). What this app really needs is a way to access it while in VR! Surely it can't be that hard to make a native Oculus Quest app that you can use before starting a workout. It's clunky to have to take off the headset and use your phone, then go back into VR. Or else use voice commands. additional I bodged a solution together, using the Vysor phone desktop streaming app and Virtual Desktop. I now stream my phone to my PC, then use Virtual Desktop from within the Oculus to access the app. It works, but surely there must be a better way to do this.
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Maaike Broekhuijsen
January 7, 2021
The idea is cool. Tracking VR fitness based on research done, and keeping track of exercise by game. Right now, it doesn't support connecting to smartwatches - you need an actual heart rate monitor. But even with, it doesn't always accurately track and at times loses the connection. I'd also love to see an option to export my exercise to other apps (Google Fit is a big one), or even to a simple spreadsheet.
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What's new

- Improved UI and bug fixes (solved boot issue)
- Addition of sorting by Favorites
- Updates to allow connection to new server
- Support for new Bluetooth permissions