In a matter of days, ‘Pokémon Go’ has become the number one game in the app store. You may find its users roaming in your neighbourhood in search of a fiery Charizard or the speedy Squirtle. The game has become more popular than Tinder. Many believe that videogames are bad for overall health, they make you sit at one place for extended periods and drain your brain. It’s exactly the opposite, if researchers are to be believed. Pokémon Go can actually be good for your health, says a study.
Pokémon Go alleviates depression and anxiety
Psychologist John M Grohol reported on online portal Psychcentral that on social media, users have posted that they are showing an unexpected improvement in their anxiety and depression because of this game. It seems that the game is encouraging brooding people to get out of their houses, which otherwise is a great struggle for depressed people. Researchers believe that it is an ideal demonstration of the unintentional consequences of a game that motivates social interaction and exercise. In fact one of the twitterati posted, “PokémonGo has already been a better treatment for my depression than anything my doctor prescribed or therapist recommended.”
Burn fat with Pokémon Go
For the game to progress, players must walk around to find and catch Pokémons and also search Pokéstops, which are checkpoints for important game gears. One of the users said, “I’ve spent an hour or two at a time venturing around the community to find Pokéstops. And, to hatch one egg, a trainer must walk anywhere from one-six miles. There’s no doubt about it, I am exercising more as a result of playing the game, and I am enjoying it.” A news channel of repute wanted to test how much one burns in a 30 minute session of the game. It was found that they walked 2000 steps (1.5 km), burned 120 calories and caught 10 Pokémons.
Pokémon Go lets you breathe fresh air
One study pointed out that spending time outdoors is linked to greater vitality. Pokémon Go makes the users spend more time outside their houses. This means one gets sufficient amount of vitamin D. Our lifestyles are such that we sit for longer durations, be it office or school. This game not only gets your body to absorb adequate vitamin D, but also lets you breathe some good quality air. Just don’t forget to apply sunscreen before you think of getting an egg at a Pokéstop.
Pokémon Go is an unintentional health package
Pokémon Go is fun, non-aggressive game that encourages people, families to walk around. This not only helps in calorie burning, but strengthens the social interaction and human bonding. Researchers have noted that Pokémon Go has increased the sense of belonging and has had a positive impact on the social, emotional and mental health of people.