Pokémon mania is back in 2016! Unless you’ve been sitting under a rock for the last couple weeks, you have probably seen people gathered at parks, cafes, light rail stations, landmarks or seen the news about people trying to capture Pokémon.
Nanabear downloaded the game the day after it launched so she looked for and caught Pokémon when were in San Francisco. I didn’t get interested in it until the Infagirls came over for brunch. They were super excited to catch a Charmander in my apartment. Apparently, there was a Poké stop across the street so I had to learn more about this game. By the end of brunch, I had downloaded it and captured my first Pokémon.
We went to the park later that afternoon to look for more and continued to catch them until we went to the movies. Going to the park in the evening became our new bonding activity. This is HUGE for my little gamer because she would prefer to play PS4 for hours instead of being active.
This game has helped reach walking goals and introduced a fun way to discover cool art or architecture. Whether you’re a fan of the franchise or not, if your kids are into the game, it’s a great way to connect with them and incorporate fitness into your life.
In the game, you sometimes get Pokémon eggs from spinning the Poké stop. These eggs hatch into Pokémon, with rarer ones hatching from the 10 km eggs. To incubate the eggs to hatch you have to walk 2 km, 5 km or 10 km, depending on the egg. Getting new Pokémon from the eggs help you level up because adding new ones to the Pokedex gives you more experience points (XP).
I’ve been lagging on writing the next Fit Foodie Newsletter because I’ve been too busy walking and being outdoorsy. Which is a huge change since I hate being outside.
What are your thoughts on the resurgence of the Pokémon craze? Put them in the comments along with any game tips & tricks.