Something you might not know about me is that I’m a geek. If you are a client or come to my classes you’ll know I’m an anatomy and physiology geek but I’m talking geekiness to the core.. I like tech, and play video games. I’m so geeky I played World of Warcraft before it was released as a closed Beta tester for about 18 months, then open Beta and played for a few years on release. So yes I’m playing Pokemon Go!
I’ve been playing Pokemon for 20 years. Yep OG Generation 1 Red & Blue player. Yes, I caught them all. I played through to Generation 4, then stopped at 5 and 6 as I took a break from gaming altogether (even WoW). I’ve even uploaded a video about it, so what made me play Pokemon Go?
- It’s on my iPhone
- I can play when walking Pixel
- I wanted to catch ’em all… again
- It’s free!
However the main reason I was eager to try it was to see if it lived up to the hype, people would have to leave their homes and get outside, and MOVE. So did it work? Yes!
5 Health Benefits of playing Pokemon Go
- You have to move. Technically you could put down a lure at a PokeStop then sit and wait for the Pokemon to come you you, BUT you encounter MORE Pokemon by moving! Moving more is a good thing! Whether that’s walking, running, cycling or skateboarding you have to get active! I’ve been playing 5 weeks. In that time I’ve walked 196km or 123 miles, that’s an average of 3.5 miles a day. I’m only playing when I walk Pixel too, I know some people are out A LOT playing the game!
- This game has bridged a gap for introverts (like me) and anyone with social anxiety of disorders. People talk to you, in public! Rather than walking past each other, you see someone with their phone out playing and you give them a smile. Sometimes I’ll tell people about a pokemon I just caught at a specific location, or they’ll ask me “which team are you on?”… it’s like playing an MMORPG but out in the real world! No headsets needed to communicate!
- I’ve also seen a ton of posts on social media about how the game has helped with depression, anxiety and agoraphobia. It’s giving people a reason to leave the house, even if just for a little while as it gives them something else to focus on, getting them outside of their own head and fears. It’s also being recommended for anyone with Autism.
- It appeals to ALL ages, I’ve seen young and old together catching Pokemon and battling gyms. I’ve seen families bonding over the game while they walk around together catching pokemon. Seriously, it’s been the best thing I’ve seen to bond parents and their children in decades!
- Dogs are loving it! Pixel gets to go to the park daily now. He gets to meet other people, kids and dogs. Plus I take him to different parks to encounter different Pokemon (this would probably be beneficial to kids too lol). One animal shelter advertised for people to come walk their adoptable dogs while playing Pokemon Go, and not only did the ad go viral, so far 150 people showed up to walk their shelter dogs!
I think Pokemon Go is a great thing for people, pets and the community and honestly I’m waiting for the first news story to feature a weight loss success crediting the game, because it will happen.
For someone like me, who is passionate about health and fitness, I’m just happy to see people enjoying themselves playing a game, without being stuck inside on the playstation drinking soda and eating chips. People are always going to play games but now we have interactive games like Pokemon Go to push us to NOT sit, to be active, to be social to give us a common bond that transcends age, sex, or race.
- Are you playing Pokemon Go?
- What level are you?
- Which is your favorite pokemon?