When Pokemon Go was new, people were getting out and moving in order to catch all of the Pokemon. The game was touted as having health benefits because of this.
It got players on their feet and rewarded them for it. However, a new study published in the British Medical Journal states that the health benefits of Pokemon Go were short lived.
The study published in the British Medical Journal found that the popular augmented reality game only had a temporary impact on the health and fitness levels of players, which should not be surprising since fads do not last. The study was conducted during a period of six weeks after the game was released in July of last year. It covered 1,000 individuals aged between 18 and 35 who played the game religiously after its release.
The game initially helped players increase their physical activity level quite a bit, but after a couple of weeks had passed, the players were back to the fitness level they were at when they started playing the game.
“So yes, it worked for the first week, but then after a month and a half, people were not walking more or moving more,” explains Jean-Philippe Chaput, a research scientist at the Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
Like any exercise, it only works if you keep going.
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