Millions of people worldwide are currently engrossed with their phones with the release of Pokémon Go.

Anywhere you go, whether it’s a park, shopping centre or the city centre, you’ll find people walking and staring at the phones playing the game. Pokémon Go is essentially allowing people to become like Ash and Misty (the original Pokémon trainers); with wild Pokémon appearing all over the place, the further you travel around, the more Pokémon you can find. You can only find certain Pokémon in certain areas, making people travel suburb to suburb to find the Pokémon they want. mainly via foot. Though it leaves the question- Does technology influence how and when we move?

There has been some negative publicity for the game, in Melbourne last week a 19 year old had a car crash while playing the game. But that aside, In a recent news article, a 24 year old man who is currently playing the game and says he is ‘hooked’. He found that he would track 7,000 steps each day, but now by playing the game, he easily gets to 20,000 or more, nearly triple the amount of steps before he started playing. He also claims he doesn’t call for an uber and now he walks around the city finding Pokémon, even doing so with his co-workers at lunch. He also has found that his mood has improved, all by getting outside more and walking.  He isn’t the only one who is walking more, the millions of people playing are getting more than just good Pokémon, but exercise too. Is this the future of video games?

The Nintendo Wii also was one of the first interactive type consoles, getting players moving while playing games. Wii Sports for example, was one where players could enact the movements of a tennis player and more. With most people having a Fitbit or a fitness tracker, this again is allowing people to be more conscious of their movement patterns. Incidental exercise is important, especially if you are struggling with time. Things such as getting off the bus stop earlier to walk to work, cleaning the car or even gardening is considered incidental exercise.

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