6 Ways Pokemon Go Is Good For You!

LIFESTYLE  |  August 17, 2016
  • 1. Get a workout while playing Pokemon Go
    1 / 6 1. Get a workout while playing Pokemon Go

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    Since Pokemon Go uses augmented reality and GPS technology, you’ll have to physically move around in the real world just to trigger – and subsequently catch – these creatures. Pokemons aren’t going to suddenly appear in your house if you stay glued to your sofa, so you’ll have to get up and start moving. 

    Walk, run or jog to the nearest PokeStop to refill items like Poke Balls, or head to the Gyms to battle it out and earn prestige points or PokeCoins. You’ll also have to clock steps in order to hatch eggs. These eggs are randomly dropped at PokeStops, and need to be incubated. Plonk an egg in the incubator and walk 2km, 5km or 10km – depending on the egg – to hatch it. May the odds ever be in your favour so that you don’t hatch a Rattata or Weedle. 

    I’ve also been told that the more you move, the higher your odds of discovering more Pokemons. So make it a point to walk home or take a new route on the way to the nearest mall or hawker centre. You never know what you might find! 

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  • 2. Learn to appreciate your surroundings
    2 / 6 2. Learn to appreciate your surroundings

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    In general, PokeStops and Gyms are usually tagged to places of interest, or high traffic areas. (Check out this list of five cool PokeStops and Gyms around Singapore here!) And even if you’re just in your neighbourhood, you’ll discover places, artwork and sculptures you never noticed before. Just the other day, I learnt that there’s a ‘Cabbage Mural’ PokeStop near Bedok Central. Who knew? 

    Kudos to the team who came up with the PokeStop descriptions too. Some of them are really creative (and some, downright hilarious). Once, I was looking for a 3D art trellis which turned out to be the entrance of the HDB carpark. Talk about seeing the beauty in everything. 

     

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  • 3. Discover more of Singapore
    3 / 6 3. Discover more of Singapore

    Photo: Pokemon Go App

    In addition to the previous point, PokeStops and Gyms will also take you to places in Singapore you’ve never been to. For starters, did you know that Singapore has a Yoda Statue? I’m guessing not many people would have found it if it wasn’t a PokeStop. 

    I’ve also been hearing of friends who travel to various parts of Singapore in order to catch rare Pokemons only found in specific locations. As an example, someone from the Shape Team recently went to Kent Ridge Park just to get Jynx… 

     

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  • 4. Get some sunshine and fresh air
    4 / 6 4. Get some sunshine and fresh air

    Photo: Team Shape

    Heading outdoors and soaking up a little sunshine can be good for you in so many ways. Getting a dose of vitamin D helps to lift your mood, plus daylight also plays an important part in regulating your melatonin levels for restful sleep at night. For more benefits of sunshine, read this

     

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  • 5. Strengthen your friendships
    5 / 6 5. Strengthen your friendships

    Photo: Team Shape

    At the heart of it, Pokemon Go is a pretty social game. I derive the most joy from it when I hunt for new Pokemons with friends, or check out cool PokeStops with loved ones. The gameplay of Pokemon Go also looks deceptively simple, but there is a lot more to be gained if you share tips and tricks with other players. As with most games, Pokemon Go is built on community. 

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  • 6. Learn to be childlike again
    6 / 6 6. Learn to be childlike again

    Photo: Team Shape

    At the end of it all, Pokemon Go is great if you just want to have fun and rediscover your sense of adventure. A routine commute can easily be spiced up when you find a cute Sandshrew chilling out in the MRT station (speaking from experience here). Or turn on the augmented reality function and have a laugh at where the Pokemons end up. Kingler on sale, anyone?  

     

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