Pokémon GO makes you twice as likely to walk 10,000 daily steps

A new research study has found that people who play Pokémon GO are twice as likely to reach the 10,000-steps-per-day recommendation for physical exercise. Playing Niantic‘s immensely-popular mobile game may increase the user’s daily steps, especially among young adults with low physical activity levels or those who are overweight or obese – according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention / Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2017 Scientific Sessions.

“We wanted to determine if Pokémon Go can provide an enjoyable way to engage people in regular physical activity,” said Hanzhang Xu, a graduate student at Duke University School of Nursing in Durham, North Carolina, in a statement. “Our findings suggest that active-play games, such as Pokémon Go, may encourage people who live sedentary lifestyles, who otherwise may not participate in traditional forms of exercise, to increase their physical activity.”

Source: GamesBeat

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