Pokémon Go hit the Play Store and the App Store last week with all of the subtlety of a Snorlax falling from space and landing in the front yard. Part of the game’s promise is that the search for Pokémon in the real world will get you up and out the door. Some medical professionals are already saying that it can help you get your daily dose of exercise. But will playing Pokémon Go actually get you fit?
To see how that promise holds up, my fellow Fan Contributor Zuleika and I laced up our sneakers and put on our Ash Ketchum hats and started tracking our steps as we were tracking the Pokémon!
Pokéwalking – A Case Study
It only took a day after it came out, and I can officially say I’m obsessed. Although Pokémon Go allows players to capture, battle, train, and (eventually) trade virtual Pokémon who appear throughout the real world, I now know that in reality, it’s an exercise app.