We did it. After weeks of ignoring it and also ignoring the cries of our children, we finally downloaded Pokemon Go on my husband’s phone. With a five and a seven-year-old, Pokemon Go is ALL THE RAGE. And apparently, it’s ALSO all the rage with the adults, too…so we thought we’d give it a try.
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I’m still trying to really understand it. But the kids seem to get it (way to make me feel old, kids!), and I love that it gets us out of the house after dinner to take a walk without anyone whining about how hot it is outside. WIN!
It’s a fun way to get outside and do something as a family. We make the kids take turn with the game, and everyone benefits from the exercise.
And speaking of exercise…here’s a Pokemon Go Workout that you can implement (for yourself, or better yet, the whole family!). I didn’t create this workout. But I have permission to share…and I think you’ll like it! BONUS: Wear your FitBit while you workout!
Pokemon Go Workout
Pokemon Go Workout(Easy):
The Pichu workout is a great choice if you haven’t worked out for a while and want to gently increase your fitness levels.
It’s a low intensity workout that mixes walking and some light bodyweight exercises that will gradually build your fitness as you catch Pokémon.
- Choose a Pokémon that is very close (one step away).
- Walk to find the Pokémon and once it appears on your map, tap it and initiate the capture sequence.
- For every Poké Ball that you use, do a push up.
- If you successfully catch the Pokémon, do a jump squat.
- If the Pokémon gets away, do a burpee.
- Repeat the workout as many times as you like for all the Pokémon that are very close by.
Pokemon Go Workout (Medium):
The Pikachu workout is a fantastic workout if you lead a relatively active lifestyle and want something that will challenge you.
You can start with this workout if you already have a good level of fitness or move to this workout when the Pichu workout starts to feel too easy.
The Pikachu workout involves longer, more intense durations of bodyweight exercise than the Pichu workout and replaces the walking with jogging.
- Choose a Pokémon that is close (two steps away).
- Jog to find the Pokémon and once it appears on your map, tap it and initiate the capture sequence.
- For every Poké Ball that you use, do 30 seconds of jumping jacks. Rest for 10 seconds between each interval of jumping jacks.
- If you successfully catch the Pokémon, do 30 seconds of mountain climbers.
- If the Pokémon gets away, do 30 seconds of forward lunges.
- Repeat the workout as many times as you like for all the Pokémon that are close by.
Pokemon Go Workout (Advanced):
The Raichu workout is the most challenging Pokemon Go workout in this report and should only be attempted if you have a strong level of fitness already or if the Pikachu workout is no longer challenging for you.
The Raichu workout combines high intensity periods of running with extended periods of bodyweight exercise for a complete workout that builds your muscles, blasts through calories and gets you in the best possible shape to catch all the Pokémon.
- Choose a Pokémon that is far away (three steps away).
- Find the Pokémon by running for 20 seconds, walking for 10 seconds and repeating these intervals until it appears on your map. When the Pokémon appears on your map, tap it and initiate the capture sequence.
- For every Poké Ball that you use, do one minute of 180 jump squats. Rest for 20 seconds between each interval of 180 jump squats.
- If you successfully catch the Pokémon, do one minute of jumping lunges.
- If the Pokémon gets away, do one minute of lunge kicks.
- After the Pokémon encounter, go to your nearest PokéStop by running for 20 seconds, walking for 10 seconds and repeating these intervals until you arrive at the PokéStop. When you arrive, collect the items from the PokéStop and do one minute of squat jacks.
- Repeat the workout as many times as you like for all the Pokémon that are far away.
I think what this means is that you can play video games with the kids AND get fit at the same time! 🙂