If you don’t feel like schlepping to a gym, or don’t have room for a treadmill or bike in your home, how about a virtual workout?
Digital health and fitness service Runtastic is experimenting with virtual reality, announcing today that it has developed strength and toning exercises for the Oculus Rift headset.
“The integration of Runtastic and Oculus Rift offers users a totally new experience,” Runtastic CEO Florian Gschwandtner said in a statement. “This will be a true game-changer for the entire fitness industry.”
Users may soon be able to strap on a Rift VR headset and do squats and lunges from atop a gorgeous hillside, in cozy beachside villa, or while floating through a futuristic black hole.
Whether at home, in the office, or on vacation, you’ll never miss a training session; Runtastic hopes to add leg and butt workouts and yoga routines, as well as more “locations” with customizable surroundings.
Runtastic is also developing videos with 3D-avatar personal trainers to demonstrate each exercise. And, all activity stats are tracked just as they would be with the existing mobile app.
“Virtual reality is an amazing technological feat and an incredibly fun world to play around in,” said Thomas Auinger, Runtastic’s head of media. “The integration of virtual reality technology with Runtastic’s expertise will provide users with an engaging tool that will help improve and optimize their health and fitness lives.”
Those visiting January’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas can give the new Runstastic technology a spin from Jan. 6 to 9. Everyone else will have to settle for a behind-the-scenes look at the company’s latest development (video above).
“The experience feels unbelievably real and is sure to change how people engage in their fitness routines,” Gschwandtner said. “We’re already working to integrate additional activity types and have found there is really no limit. In 2015, we could see Runtastic and Oculus engaging gym fans, runners, bikers and more. I’m personally and professionally eager to see what we come up with next!”
Last month, the fitness app maker released a new service called Sleep Better, which tracks the user’s sleep cycles, and wakes you in the morning. Available now for iOS and Android, the app also tracks how many hours of light and deep sleep you get each night.