Feel like a kid again with the latest cell phone game craze
By now, you must've seen the news coverage for that new "Pokemon Go" game that's become the latest craze over the past few weeks.
You download it to your smartphone, and it puts you on the hunt for funny-named creatures like Pikachu, Squirtle, and Snorlax who might be hiding in your own backyard... or somewhere a little more far-flung, like the local park.
It's been getting couch potato kids and adults up on their feet, setting off on a scavenger hunt throughout town.
And you thought your grandkids were glued to their cell phone screens BEFORE!
Now, they need those mobile devices more than ever... because they've "gotta catch 'em all," as the slogan says.
While you may think that Pokemon is just for kids... or that you're way too mature for playing silly games... it turns out that taking a little time to PLAY may have some great benefits for you, too!
Last year, I shared a study out of California that showed playing 3D video games could actually improve your memory in just 30 minutes a day. And Pokemon Go isn't actually all that different from those 3D games, which are full of spatial information that helps exercise and train your mind.
Now, a lot of the recent headlines have focused on distracted people walking into objects... getting into car accidents... or even falling off cliffs with their cell phones in hand.
Don't be one of those people. That's the last thing you want.
As you get on in years, your ability to recover from even a minor fall isn't what it used to be -- so just be aware of your surroundings while you play.
Younger folks addicted to this game can take a tumble and keep on hunting, but even a minor stumble could take you out of the game.
Even so, there's no denying that this new fad is getting people off their couches and up and moving, which is always a good thing. And it could be just the thing to motivate you to run around town yourself, as well.
We already know that remaining active by even just walking, can help you live longer, helping you improve both your mind and body.
And what's more, this just might be a way for you to spend more time with your grandkids. After all, they'll probably have to show you how to play the darned thing.
With a little practice, you might even get good enough to beat them at their own game.
Just don't get so caught up in it that you take it to the extreme. It should be FUN -- not an epic battle.
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