Bret Wilson DC
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Pokémon GO and Health

Pokémon GO and Health

I was recently introduced to the latest game application to take the world by storm, Pokémon Go, by my grandsons.  Soon we were searching for Pikachus and Pokéstops, collecting Pokéballs and trying to hatch eggs.  I am often left in the dust when it comes to keeping up with the kids and the latest video game, but I do enjoy watching their enthusiasm and focus.   I like Pokémon Go because it requires the boys to get off the couch and get out into the real world to play the game.

PikachuThrough the use of a smart phone’s data, camera and GPS the game provides an “enhanced reality “ that blends the real world and the virtual world of Pokéman Go. It has more physical activity than previous versions of exercise programs like the Wii.  Players have to get out of the house and to public locations to play the game.  Walking is required to hatch the eggs collected from your travels.  The game seems to engage players more than the Fitbit whose only reward for 10000 steps was an electronic Atta Boy.

Safety concerns have been reported including extreme examples of people falling off cliffs or stepping into traffic.  Common injuries are from trips falls and collisions that are more minor and embarrassing than dangerous.  The most common safety issues can be avoided with use of common sense.  Avoid driving or using equipment and your phone at the same time.  When walking and playing be aware of your surrounds and do not lock into the screen and tune out obstacles that can cause falls or collisions.

Posture is an important component of good health.  Avoid text neck during play or use of any device by holding the device up and looking down with your eyes, avoiding a flexed neck and forward head posture.  Keep shoulders back and walk tall.  Breath in and out the nose with deep relaxed belly breaths.

Play for a while and take time to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.  Walking is required to participate and play well.  Take note of the sights and sounds of the locations and places that you play.  The game stimulates mental activity to coordinate the digital and physical world. Social interaction with others can improve mood and increase self-esteem.  Gather with friends to play, or meet new people.  Parents and grandparents can go along for a little exercise and help keep everyone safe.

We can all benefit from more physical activity.  Pokémon Go can be a healthy choice to move more and sit less.  Have some fun, socialize and stimulate your brain and muscles with movement.  Move, play, live.  A healthier, happier you will result.

Yours in Health

 

Dr. Bret Wilson
www.drbretwilson.com

Dr. Bret Wilson wants you to move, play and live free from neck and back pain.  For more information about chiropractic, posture, exercise, and how to make better choices about your health visit our website www.bellwestchiro.com.  Find a chiropractor in your area to help you with safe and effective health care.  http://www.acatoday.org/Find-a-Doctor

 

For more information:

What is Pokémon Go? 

The Data behind Pokémon 

Health Warnings

Exercise 

Posture

Mental Health

5 Healthy Things

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