SHOULD WE ALL BE CHASING POKEMON?
It may seem a bit crazy to us oldies, this recent obsession with chasing virtual Pokémon. I’m sure a lot of you haven’t got a clue what it is all about but it appears that there are rewards, like in all computer games, for the numbers and types you collect. There are levels of achievement and the Pokémon are to be ‘collected’ all over the world!! Already accidents and police incidents are on the increase as a result of the craze.
One of the serious implications of our technological age is the reduction in actual activity and the increase in virtual activity, as for example in sitting playing on a PlayStation. The implications for the health of the younger generations are quite worrying because for starters, childhood obesity is dramatically on the increase leading to a shortening in life expectancy of our 18 year olds!
Sitting for long period of time is directly connected to an increase in mortality via diabetes, cancer & heart disease not to mention the implications on back and joints problems.
However there is perhaps some good to come out of this craze.
There is the suggestion an additional aim of the game is to encourage people to walk more as the Pokémon are found and collected by walking to them so perhaps the future for activity is not perhaps as bleak as one might at first perceive.
Whatever your lifestyles please continue to be as active as possible as this will go a long way to ensuring you have a long and happy life.
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