I’ve never been someone who is majorly into fitness. Like a lot of other people, I keep thinking “yeah, I should go join a gym”, “maybe this week is the week I start eating healthier”, and a whole heap of other excuses that start off well, but I never stick with it. And I can guarantee that I’m not the only one either.
Then came Nintendo and Niantic Labs’ latest offering, Pokémon Go. Having been a Pokémon fan since before a lot of Pokémon fans were born, this excited me greatly – the idea of going out and catching Pokémon in the real world was cool and crazy! If you had have told me five years ago that an app like this would be available, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. Of course with that came the realization from everyone that we’d have to step outside the comforts of our homes and go exploring, which means walking and physical exercise. Don’t mind the fact that even if you did leave the house all you’d be doing is making weird gestures on your phone and stopping every so often waving it around to find something that isn’t really there, but going out for fitness?! No thanks!
Well, ‘no thanks’ is what I would have said, until the second day of the app’s release here in Australia. With an afternoon to kill, I took a chance and thought I’d venture out into the wilderness, just like every 10-year-old does in the Pokémon games, to find rare monsters and capture them for my collection. It also happened to be close to lunchtime, and with a craving for a HSP (Halal Snack Pack for those of you playing at home) I set out on my adventure. What I expected was to catch a couple of Pokémon, get a decent walk in, and return home tired and never wanting to touch the app again; what I actually encountered was entirely different.