Pokemon Go is a new app for Android and iOS that’s sweeping the world. The point of the game is to catch all the Pokemon and battle them to control gyms in your area. And it’s also a great incentive to get out and moving!
You see the app works by showing you an augmented reality version of the real world map. As you walk around you’ll encounter hidden Pokemon which you can catch with Poke balls and also locations which net you random extras.
Finally there are Poke gyms which you can take over for your team and assign your best Pokemon to defend.
All of these elements require you to be outside walking for random encounters and to visit various areas. You might be lucky enough to have one in reach of your home or office but the real point of the game is to get out and walk.
There’s even an egg-hatching mechanic in the game which requires you to walk a certain distance (tracked by GPS) to earn a new Pokemon. The rarest creatures come from eggs which require a full 10 kilometres of walking, running or cycling to hatch – and no you can’t just get in a car as the app knows if you are going more than 20 kilometres an hour!
It’s a great idea to get kids of all ages out doing some exercise and even socialising with others who are getting ready to assault a gym. And you can take it one step further by adding in an activity tracker like the Garmin Vivosmart HR.