Pokemon Go promises ‘quite significant’ health benefits, says Dr. Raj

Pokémon GO

The game app Pokémon Go took the world attention on a massive scale. This new type of gaming is very addictive and millions of people join the hunt of the famous Pokémon characters every day.

Surprisingly this game provides much more health benefits that we had ever expected. Many gamers, people who were trapped home and stuck on their computers, or for those who sit on the phone playing games all day, now they are outside being very active.

The game forces people to get up and move by requiring them to go to physical locations to catch new Pokemon, and to walk a certain number of kilometres to incubate an egg, for example.

“If it’s not just a fad, if it actually catches on and keeps going, these health benefits are going to be quite significant,” said Dr. Raj Bhardwaj in an interview with CBC Calgary News at 6.

Research from Jawbone shows that an average Pokémon go player daily makes from 6,000 to 11,000 steps, and that is only one week after the game was released.

“A lot of the people that are playing are probably displacing a lot of sitting,” said Bhardwaj.

Bhardwaj said that people who are sitting around 8 to 12 hours a day are faced with lack of physical activity and that can be very damaging for their health on the other hand even if they go to gym is still not enough.

Other benefits from the game?

Many studies had indicated that people who have social anxiety people with autism spectrum disorder, they’re getting into this game, and this way they are interacting with other humans and getting back in that normal level of comfort around other people.

“It’s the tip of the iceberg, and I think that health can really benefit from this.”

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