I’m told the world is in meltdown.
Grown adults around the globe are chasing imaginary Pokemon.
And, apparently, I’m supposed to hate it.
Because I’m an adult, and I’ve got things to do.
Pokemon Go sums up everything that’s wrong with this generation. Instead of wasting their time playing games, people need to wake up and get their butts to work, pay the bills, and focus on what’s real.
Luckily, I’ve never followed the masses.
I grabbed the Pokemon Go app to try it for myself, and I was pleasantly surprised by a few things.
Most notably, the realization that everyone making such a big deal about how terrible Pokemon Go is for the world are the exact same people I’d put last on a list of folks I’d like to be stuck in a lift with.
The same people who kick up a stink about anything, whether it affects them personally or not.
Why Pokemon Go Is Perfectly Fine
Kids love computer games.
It’s a fact of life, and kids who grew up loving computer games are more than likely now adults who still harbor a love of computer games.
So for years, computer game manufacturers have been trying to figure out how to cross the worlds of gaming and fitness in a way that their audience would embrace the idea of exercise.
Not only is it potentially a financial goldmine, it’s a bloody good idea.
Wii Fit, Kinect Sports, PlayStation Move, and a host of other attempts didn’t quite hit the mark.
But recently Nintendo, who have been at the forefront of this movement since the get go, really took it to another level with the release of Pokemon Go.
They have realized what every personal trainer in the world knows – fitness is most effective when it is fun.
Because when it is fun, it doesn’t feel like work.
Suddenly, we have families putting down their TV remotes and going on long walks together, trying to “catch them all.”
How Dare They
Oh, and apparently, I’m supposed to hate this.
As a trainer, I’m supposed to get all “better than you” and adopt the attitude that it’s just a fad.
If you want to get fit, stop playing games and get to the gym.
I see my fitness friends saying things like that on their social media pages all the time.
And I couldn’t disagree more!
Let me tell you something – I could give a fuck how you lose weight!
If you want to drop a few pounds, everything out there is merely a tool for you to use to get there.
Whether your chosen tool is a gym, a boxing bag, a bike, a running track, a swimming pool, a home workout DVD, an Xbox Kinect or a fucking Pokemon Go app!
It’s well known fact that my chosen tool is an old-school gym packed with bars, chains and the sound of heavy plates slapping together.
But hey, I’m open-minded enough to know that there is more than one way to get in shape.
In fact, for many people my chosen tool sounds like a nightmare, so it’s a good job there are a multitude of different ways to get fit.
So the next time you see your pal posting about how they went on a long walk this afternoon hunting Pokemon with their kids, resist the urge to let your inner asshole post a snarky comment on their Facebook page and focus on your own shit.
If you don’t enjoy it, so be it. No need to put someone else down for it.
Because you know what’s worse than an adult playing a computer game that’s inadvertently helping them lose a few pounds along the way?
An asshole sitting in their armchair putting everyone else down.
Embrace The Madness Of Pokemon Go
For years, the health and fitness industry has been struggling to find any kind of answer to the ever-rising obesity epidemic.
“Shut the fuck up and lift!” doesn’t work for everyone.
And in a world where footballers are paid more than nurses, it makes perfect sense that the answer to the obesity crises could be imaginary dragons.
Embrace the madness, and don’t be a douche.
For those who enjoy this type of thing, I recommend also checking out Zombies, Run!
Released before Pokemon Go, it’s a great way to add a fun – and by fun I mean total terror – element to your outdoor running workouts.