Without doubt, the craze of the Summer of 2016, and the one which will be remembered in future years, has been the emergence of Pokemon Go. I remember Pokemon being a trend 20 years ago, when we were suddenly bombarded with video games, toys, collectors cards and even a movie, bit now, in the age of the smartphone, we have Pokemon Go, where, with the aid of your phone, you can hunt Pokemon’s in the real world, on your street, home, town, quite literally everywhere.
It has proved to be highly addictive fun, with people spending hours trying to download the app so that they can take part. Everyone, from children to adults seem to be swept up with the activity of finding Pokemon’s, joking about how they have popped out of their washing machines, have been hiding in their local parks and gardens, and even joining them on their family holidays. But the fun has also had a side that has proven to be both serious, and at times, dangerous, with reports of young people walking along railway lines and on tracks in order to find the elusive characters. There have been reports of injuries when people have not been watching where they are walking, walking into walls, lamp posts and even roads whilst engrossed in their quest. Pokemon can appear anywhere, and this can be a worry, especially for parents.
But, there are so many positives to Pokemon Go, with even the British Medical Journal giving the activity the thumbs up. An article on i4u shows that Pokemon is a great way to get exercise every day by walking for long periods of time. In Summer, you can also be getting your Vitamin D by spending time outside, in the sunshine, rather than stuck in front of computer games or the television.
As i4u states: – “…Pokemon Go has reclaimed the streets of the UK as a fun playground that can be used to search for virtual monsters hidden in the environment. People are truly enjoying themselves and getting their adrenaline fix in a more acceptable manner rather than through daredevil adventurism…”
If we can ensure that personal safety and common sense is kept paramount when playing Pokemon Go, the benefits could certainly be great for the health and fitness of participants.