Virtual Game That’s Successfully Gotten People MOVING
By Kat Gal
Back in the day, my high school boyfriend and his buddies were addicted to Dance Dance Revolution (DDR). Then there came Wii Fit, a video game to help you exercise in a fun way.
But 2016 topped it all off by helping people getting “accidental” exercise.
Pokemon Go is the new craze, people!
It is the hottest game that hit the market and fans around the world are running around their cities (literally) trying to catch some cute looking cartoon characters.
Pokemon was a popular game back in the ‘90s and it is making a strong comeback, taking advantage of modern technology in the form of an app that you can download for free on your iPhone or Android. It uses your phone’s GPS to detect your location and to show your where Pokemon may be hiding in your area (in the virtual world, of course).
The idea is to mix virtual reality with actual reality and to make you get up and move around in the real world to find the little virtual cartoon guys. People are playing everywhere from parks to their offices to bathrooms even (be safe out there though, don’t go to bad neighbourhoods and be sure to watch your surroundings…)
The fun game comes with a price: accidental exercise and sore muscles. People are complaining all over social media about sore legs and feet from walking, running and biking while searching for Pokemon.
Personally, I love moving my body. I am a runner and running is my number one passion, but I also love walking, hiking, biking, 5Rhythms dancing and doing pilates as well. I am always happy to try new things, but not being a videogame person, chasing a cartoon character just doesn’t seem appealing to me. However, I find the idea creative and hilarious at the same time.
Getting “accidental exercise” in a fun way is incredibly beneficial. Kudos, Pokemon team.
There are so many benefits of exercise – even if it is unintentional while playing Pokemon Go.
Here are the top 9 benefits of moving your body:
- Exercise helps to control and to maintain your weight. It also helps with your weight loss goals, if you have pounds to lose.
- Exercise is good for your brain. It lowers your chances of cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s.
- Exercise keeps your bones strong and prevents osteoporosis.
- Exercise betters your sex life. It enhances blood flow, therefore lowering the risk of sexual dysfunction. Not to mention that sex itself is a fun way to exercise.
- Exercise helps you to develop more muscles and therefore, lowers joint pain and muscle atrophy.
- Exercise is good for your gut health and helps your elimination.
- Exercise lowers your stress levels and elevates your mood. It helps with emotional problems and mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression.
- Exercise lowers your cancer risks.
- Exercise lowers your risk of cardiovascular illness and stroke.
Knowing these benefits, there is clearly no question that exercise is necessary for your health. If you enjoy your method of exercise, the more likely you will be to stick with your routine and enjoy its benefits too.
Remember, in the past, the cavemen didn’t go to the gym either, so non-formal exercise counts too, as long as you get your body moving and blood pumping. Pokemon Go is most certainly a non-formal and interesting way to get moving.
Pokemon Go or not, get your body moving, have fun and enjoy all its physical and mental health benefits.
Have you played Pokemon Go? Why, why not? If yes, do you play regularly? What are your experiences? Share your experiences in the comments below, as always, we’d love to hear and to learn from you. I am super curious about your Pokemon stories.
Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
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