- Oculus Quest 2 workout accessories
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The main perk of VR workouts is that you don’t need to buy gym equipment or even go outside to burn calories. All you need is your headset! Yet without the right tools, you’re liable to turn yourinto a sweaty, germy mess or potentially damage your equipment or injure yourself. Here are the best VR workout accessories to make your daily indoor fitness routine much cleaner, safer, and more fun.
Stylish non-slip sweat-catcher:
TreadBands All Terrain Tieback Non-Slip Headband Staff Pick
The default Quest 2 facial interface is a sweat sponge, while replacement covers repel sweat, so it drips down your face. It would help if you had a headband for prolonged workouts, and this moisture-wicking TreadBands accessory is especially great for VR because it has a soft rubber strip on the inside that helps it stay in place, where others would likely slip onto your face. There are over 30 stylish and silly designs, but all are comfortable and a must-have.
Never lose your grip:
VR Cover Controller Grips
Most active VR games involve punching and swiping, making you tightly hold the Touch controllers for long periods. Give your hands a break with these comfortable fabric knuckle straps, which allow you to let go of the controllers without them flying away. The non-slip silicone grip also keeps the controller from getting all sweaty and dirty.
Add weighted resistance:
RUNmax Pro Weighted Vest
You may be tempted to try wrist or ankle weights to make VR workouts more challenging, but these can cause long-term joint issues. A vest is generally safer because the weight is distributed across your body, making VR cardio much more challenging. Just be careful not to buy too much weight and hurt your back; 12 pounds should be plenty to start.
Comfortably secure and steady:
Quest 2 Elite Strap
The Quest 2 is comfortable in short bursts but tends to put all the weight and pressure on your forehead if strapped tightly, making it slide forward during vigorous activity. If you install the Elite Strap, it better balances the weight between the front and back of your head, stays more secure, and is made of plastic material that’s easier to clean. If it’s in stock and you have extra cash, the Elite Strap with Battery is even better because it doubles your battery life.
Thin, cheap sweat protection:
Tough Headware Sweat Headband
While we like the TreadBands model for its non-slip design, this lightweight polyester sweatband will cover more of your head while costing less, so you can stock up on a few to swap between from one workout to the next. You can be sure it’ll fit underneath the headset and come in different colors if you use it for outdoor exercise.
Vornado Whole Room Air Circulator Fan
Whether you have central air or not, don’t underestimate some direct airflow in keeping your body cool during tough workouts. This Vornado unit can circulate air throughout a whole room or blast you with directional air from afar. It also may prevent your Quest 2 lenses from fogging up, which often happens when they are at a lower temperature than your body.
Protect your feet and ankles …:
Nike Metcon 6
Doctors and exercise experts generally recommend wearing shoes for any active, high-impact workout that stresses your lower body, which mainly applies to more active VR apps like FitXR or Supernatural. Though the Metcon 6s have excellent support and breathability, they don’t have to be Nikes. Still, it would help if you had dedicated indoor workout shoes.
Best exercise mat for smaller spaces:
Clever Yoga Mat Non-Slip
Not everyone has a full-sized area to push the Oculus Guardian to its limits. For VR athletes in apartments or smaller spaces, you want a supportive yoga mat that isn’t too thick to trip you up but offers some support and guidance for when you’re straying from your spot. At 72″ long by 25 ½” wide, it has plenty of side-by-side room, and neither you nor the mat should slip when you get active.
Built to repel sweat:
VR Cover Silicone Cover for Oculus Quest 2
We recommend replacing the standard Quest 2 facial interface entirely, but silicone covers are a more accessible alternative because they clamp to the existing foam in just a few seconds. Softer, more relaxed, and more padded on your skin, these VR Covers can be removed after a sweaty workout and washed with soap and water in the sink. Just wear your headband with it because otherwise, unimpeded sweat will drip right off these.
Clean your lenses responsibly:
MagicFiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloths
Many of the best VR workout accessories are all about hygiene. Any liquid or abrasive surface can damage them permanently, so use microfiber cloths to scrub away any residual sweat and grime from your workouts. Oculus Quest 2 lenses are made of a different material than typical glasses lenses.
Scrub away your germs:
Skin-Friendly VR HMD Cleaning Wipes
Oculus strongly recommends that you only clean your Quest 2 straps and foam with non-abrasive, antibacterial, and alcohol-free wipes — which can be incredibly hard to find. These are the best we’ve seen that kill germs, don’t harm skin, and don’t have an odor. Just be sure not to use these on the lenses.
Fight off foggy lenses:
Jaws Quick Spit Anti-Fog spray
Lens condensation can be a significant problem when your body heats up from a workout. Cooling off with a fan and buying a facial interface with venting can help, but if you’re still having trouble, this anti-fog spray can help keep the fog away for an extended time, and it’s a favorite with VR users. You’re technically not supposed to spray your Quest 2 lenses with anything, so don’t go crazy.
Let your friends and family take a turn:
VR Cover Disposable Hygiene Covers
A silicon cover can be removed and washed, but sometimes you’ll want a quick body to protect your headset without cleaning it afterward. Try buying a 50- or 100-pack of these thin sweat-wicking covers, which adhere to your Quest 2, so they don’t come loose as you play. One important disclaimer: don’t use these with a foam interface, as the adhesive may damage or pull off the foam when removed.
Recover from your workout:
TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller
If you’re using VR for serious, day-to-day exercises, your muscles will need help recovering. Athletes across various sports use a foam roller to bounce back from tough workouts, which it will help you if you’re experiencing back or leg pain. This roller is popular with athletes and provides access to online instructional videos, so you know what you’re doing.
Virtual gym membership:
After the 30-day free trial, Supernatural will cost you a pretty penny in exchange for licensed music and new daily workouts run by virtual coaches. We’d argue this is only worth the money if you’re truly serious about daily VR training; otherwise, stick towith a fixed cost. Sometimes, paying for a pricey membership gives you the kick you need to work out daily so you’re not “wasting money.”
Total audio immersion:
Logitech G333 VR gaming earphones
Whether you prefer Supernatural, Beat Saber, or any other app, the music, and sound effects make or break the experience. Stay focused with the music blasting right into your ears – without annoying your roommate with the noise – with these Logitech earbuds designed specifically for the Quest 2, complete with low-latency performance and custom cord lengths, so it doesn’t dangle from the headset.
Protect your Touch controllers:
VR Cover Halo Controller Protector Set
When you swing your arms around with abandon during workouts, you’ll slam your Touch controllers into something eventually if you play in a smaller space. These TPU controller sleeves protect them from damage without blocking the tracking and can be removed and cleaned if sweat-stained.
Make VR fitness a little less gross
Casually, theis great for room-scale experiences where you walk around and swipe at things. But the faster you move around, punch, jump, or generally stray into workout territory, the more problems you’ll run into, such as foggy lenses, sliding headsets, tweaked ankles, wrist pain, or sweat- and bacteria-ridden foam interface, to name just a few.
Anyone planning to make, , or other Quest 2 exercise games a regular fixture should plan long-term with some of the best VR workout accessories. Start with the VR Cover Silicone Cover, or if not that, any of the . Depending on your preferences, you can choose silicone, leather, or flannel, but all of them repel sweat better than the standard foam and are easier to remove and wash.
Otherwise, VR exercises are like regular exercises; you should treat them like it! Make sure you have comfortable, moisture-wicking shirts and shorts to wear. Protect your feet from hard impacts by wearing running or training shoes like the Nike Metcon 6s, then invest in a large Gorilla Mat to protect your floor from damage. Most importantly, buy a reliable headband or sweatband like a TreadBands rag that’ll sop up most of your sweat before it hits your headset.
With this gear, you’ll be fully decked out for whichever of theyou use to get sweaty!
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