Getting that motivation to kickstart a workout can be quite gnarly, but now that we live in a Web3 world, all it takes is to roll out of bed and pop on that VR headset to transport yourself into a virtual gym in the metaverse.
Not to be mistaken for a virtual game, the metaverse is an integrated network of virtual worlds, a place for social connection where we live in parallel to our real lives. Aside from browsers and apps, the metaverse can be enjoyed with augmented and virtual reality technology to enhance the three-dimensional space with immersive experiences.
Web3 has gamified experiences, including exercise—encouraging users to stay active by tracking and encouraging exercise with rewards of cryptocurrency or NFTs in what is known as the “move-to-earn” concept. It may sound very Black Mirror-esque, but it’s more similar to the likes of those insurance wellness programs. From yoga to boxing, here are a variety of exercises you engage in in the metaverse without leaving the comfort of your bedroom:
You don’t need Peloton for a virtual ride off into the Alps with training app Zwift. Take your wheels into the metaverse by simply clipping your bike onto their smart trainer device which comes with dynamic resistance control and a speed sensor to measure cadence and energy. Pedal the long-dreaded uphill climbs inside a volcano or race against other players in real time in a mock Tour de France. Unlock new routes with more distances covered and try out different virtual worlds as you level up in the challenges. Customise your virtual bike frames and wheels to accelerate your in-game speed—just as they would IRL. You can even join the elite Rapha Cycling Club within the Zwift worlds for weekly hosted group rides together.