Studying the impact of virtual reality exercise on the human body.

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What is the VR Health Institute?

The Virtual Reality Institute of Health and Exercise (VR Health Institute) is an independent research & ratings organization created to study the health impact of virtual and augmented reality. Working with the San Francisco State University’s Kinesiology department, we use scientifically reliable tools to rate the exercise potential of VR and Augmented experiences.

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Recent VR Exercise Ratings:

Acan’s Call: Act 1

4.62 to 4.8 kcals per min

Karnage Chronicles

3.8 to 4.26 kcals per min

Sairento VR

3.43 to 3.91 kcals per min

The Wizards

3.68 to 6.24 kcals per min

VR Regatta

2.15 to 2.16 kcals per min


6.72 to 7.49 kcals per min

Creed: Rise to Glory

6.62 to 7.80 kcals per min

Eleven: Table Tennis

3.9 to 4.31 kcals per min

Audioshield Workout Mode

5.95 to 7.69 kcals per min

Sprint Vector

5.15 to 5.51 kcals per min


5.7 to 6.89 kcals per min

Beat Saber

6.55 to 7.45 kcals per min

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calories have been burned playing Audioshield since its release in 2016:

According to, gamers played more than 628,000 hours of Audioshield since its launch in April 2016. Metabolic testing has shown that Audioshield burns an average of 6.8 calories per minute during typical low-intensity gameplay. That’s at least 152,781,628 calories in this one game alone.

or the equivalent of

Doing 268,037,944 individual sit-ups

318,000 hours of aerobics

Running around the Earth 46 times

NOT drinking 804,113 lattes

Avoiding 611,100 hamburgers

Running to the moon and back… and then to the moon and back again… and then again… and then another time… and then to the moon and like, 84% of the way back, which still isn’t too bad…

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Developer & Media Resources

We encourage developers to share their ratings. Here are high resolution versions of the VR Exercise badges for use on Steam, webpages, or other promotions of rated content. There’s also video footage of subjects exercising in VR for promotional purposes, or for media b-roll.

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If you are a game developer working on a title you think might be good exercise, please consider submitting it for rating. Our goal is to help players discover the games that have the greatest potential health benefits, and that’s far easier to do with your help.

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Our Rating Methodology

We strive to be very transparent in how we calculate our VR Exercise Ratings. Observed metabolic impact is influenced by many factors like player intent, player skill, game level, and game familiarity. Please read about our assumptions, methodology, and rating processes.

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Contact & Collaborate

The VR Health Institute exists to connect people interested in Augmented Exercise. We’re powered mostly by the passion of our members. If you are an organisation or individual interested in being involved with the VR Health community, please reach out to us.

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Contributing Members

The primary function of the VR Health Institute is to assess and publish VR Exercise Ratings. VR Exercise Ratings are assigned to virtual reality and augmented experiences based on metabolic testing to determine realistic calorie expenditure during play. VR Exercise Ratings make it easy to understand a game’s likely level of calorie burn by comparing it to common non-VR forms of exercise.

Aaron Stanton
Founder & Director
VR Institute of Health & Exercise


Carlo Lombardi
VR Institute of Health & Exercise


Dr. Marialice Kern, PHD, FACSM
Professor & Department Chair of Kinesiology
San Francisco State University


Jimmy Bagley, PHD
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
San Francisco State University


Sidian Jones
CEO & Founder
Sidian Designs
Rating Contributor


Tosha Jones
Operations Manager

Rating Contributor


Tim Donahey
Chief Evangelist,
VR Fit, inc.
Rating Contributor


Rafael Lisboa
Operations Manager
VR Fit, inc.
Rating Contributor

Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. This information is not a replacement for your healthcare professional. Please read our full disclaimer and terms of use.

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