I misplaced 10 lbs in a month enjoying Supernatural. This is why I caught with it.

Last month I shared my newest obsession: the Supernatural VR Fitness app for Oculus. After counting calories for a month and playing Supernatural 4-5 times a week, I stepped on the scales and found that I had lost 10 pounds. I’m so excited (and a little proud). I definitely plan to stick with it so I wanted to share a few ideas on why I think it works so well.

(But first, if you are completely confused about what Supernatural is all about, please take a second to read my full review of the app.)

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The first reason it works is because Supernatural feels more like a game as a workout routine. It’s fun and optimistic. Although you can hear the instructors, you cannot see them. Your focus is on hitting the balls rather than following someone’s aerobic movements.

Second, the virtual reality locations in this game take me away from the clutter and chaos of my home. There’s an almost endless list of things to do here, especially after a year of quarantine with 6 of us at home. Instead of noticing the peeling paint or the pile of laundry out of the corner of my eye, I am completely lost in a new exotic place … for every song in training. I cannot emphasize enough that for me this is such a major mental health disruption To completely escape my responsibilities at home and (almost literally) be somewhere else.

And finally, The workouts are short and varied. The longest routines are around 23 minutes. There is a wide variety of teachers and musical styles to choose from. You get a different VR location for each song. Even if it’s 9:00 p.m. before I start, I’ve found that I can still find time to push one in. That keeps me interested and I’m almost always surprised when they tell me I’m ready to cool down … even though my face is dripping with sweat.

Granted, I’ve definitely been keeping an eye on my calories this month and swapping salads for fast food, but I found that the combination of healthier eating and exercising 4-5 times a week really worked for me. Seriously, 10 pounds in a month! I’m pretty proud of that.

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