Virtual reality fitness games are a great way to boost your mood and temporarily escape from the world during these trying times. From exercises that will release endorphins to meditative titles that will help calm your mind from worries, there are plenty of great options at your disposal. To help you find the best options available, we here at VR Fitness Insider have come up with a list of the top mood boosting VR exercises. These excellent titles are the perfect way to enhance your mood while staying safe indoors.
If you’re looking for even more fitness titles to help you release endorphins and better yourself, check out our list of the top 25 VR fitness games. Plus, check out our headset-specific lists for PlayStation VR, Oculus Go, and Oculus Quest.
Best Mood Boosting Virtual Reality Games
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A great way to boost your mood is by dancing, and Audio Trip will make you do just that. The game provides a fantastic leg workout as you move to avoid barriers and bang on drums. With an enjoyable soundtrack and an atmospheric look, this is a great way to escape from the monotony of everyday life.
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Beat Saber is one of the best virtual reality games in general and also one of the top mood boosting exercises. Beat Games’ VR rhythm game is a lot of fun as players get to wield two katana beams and slice oncoming beats. There’s a wide variety of difficulties, but no matter your skill level you’ll wind up having a blast. The game’s regular soundtrack is catchy, and songs from popular bands such as Panic! at the Disco, Imagine Dragons, and Green Day have been added as DLC.
Beat Saber has been given a fitness rating comparable to tennis by the VR Institute of Health and Exercise. Beat Saber was awarded our VR Fitness Game of the Year in 2018 and won our Best Arm Workout VR Fitness Game of the Year in 2019. It is currently available on Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, Windows Mixed Reality, and PlayStation VR for $29.99.
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If you really want to break a sweat and start releasing endorphins then you’ll want to do a workout session in BoxVR. The rhythm boxing game winds up providing a total body workout as it has all been mapped out by fitness experts. It has also received great post-launch support by its developer as has added new music and workouts for free. This must-own VR title will help you feel better about yourself and get in better shape.
BoxVR has been given a fitness rating comparable to tennis by the VR Institute of Health and Exercise. It won VR Fitness Insider’s Best VR Cardio Fitness Game of the Year in 2018 and our Best VR Fitness Game of the Year in 2019. It is currently available on Steam for $29.99.
Dance Central VR
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Dance Central VR is a great version of Harmonix’s popular dancing series, which always puts players in a better mood. The title is exclusive to Oculus headsets, though, so not everyone can experience it. There are plenty of memorable hits on its track list that players will enjoy such as “Sorry” by Justin Bieber and “Humble” by Kendrick Lamar. Dancing is a great way to get fit and it’s just fun to do, so it will be sure to leave you smiling by the end. The in-game difficulty options are vast so anyone can enjoy it no matter their dancing skill.
Dance Central VR is currently available on Oculus Rift and Oculus Quest, and costs $29.99 on the Oculus Store. Those on other platforms that want to play a dancing title should look into Holodance as an alternative.
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EvolVR is an awesome meditation community that uses AltspaceVR to put on interactive meditation lessons. These live lessons are a great way to connect with others during these lonely times. Check out the VR spiritual community’s website for available times and embrace your inner calm.
EvolVR is currently available through AltspaceVR on Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Windows Mixed Reality for free.
Guided Meditation VR
Guided Meditation VR is exactly as advertised as it’s an excellent meditation aid that will allow players to customize their session. There are over 16 hours of guided lessons that range from compassion to relaxation, and sessions can be as short or as long as you want. If you’re not big on meditation, you can also enjoy a visualizer or trek through nature in 27 environments as well.
Guided Meditation VR is currently available on Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Windows Mixed Reality for $14.99
Nature Treks VR
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As the name suggests, Nature Treks VR is all about walking through the world and taking in nature’s wonderful sights. Players get to spot different animals, visit 15 different locales and can even change the time of day. In-game music can also be turned off, so players can just take in the serene nature to calm themselves. You’ll also get a bit of a workout in as there’s a locomotion type that has players swinging their arms to move.
Nature Treks VR is currently available for Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Windows Mixed Reality for $9.99.
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Since going outside isn’t possible for a lot of people at the moment, Perfect is a great escape to the great outdoors. It allows players to visit exotic locations and interact with these stunning locales. From heading off to the beach to enjoying the northern lights, there is a lot to do in the virtual reality showcase. It’ll be easy to relax by visiting these beautiful spaces and it’s far nicer than your living room.
Perfect is currently available on HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and PlayStation VR for $9.99.
ReMind VR: Daily Meditation
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Another great virtual reality meditation title is ReMind VR: Daily Meditation. It features three different exercises, one in which you can toss paper airplanes off a skyscraper, another where you skip pebbles in a Japanese waterbed, and one that allows players to meditate and watch the sky change. The software is meant to be used daily and is a great addition to your morning routine.
ReMind VR: Daily Meditation is currently available on Valve Index and HTC Vive for $4.99.
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Capping off VR Fitness Insider’s list of the top mood boosting VR exercises is WiseMind. While in Steam Early Access, the software has been developed with therapists to help better mental health in hospitals. There are three different activities to choose from: breathing, stone balancing or Tai-Chi. All three can be customized and will help calm your mind, leaving you in a better mental state than when you began.
WiseMind is currently available on Valve Index, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift for $19.99.