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The next time someone tells you that playing games on your phone for too long is bad for you, you can now reply with a smile that that’s not 100 percent true, especially not with Pokémon Go. And if they ask for proof, you can just point to the hundreds of people who are walking, biking, skateboarding and roving around town while trying to catch ’em all.

Indeed, more medical professionals are praising the currently most popular game for its health benefits. It has been observed that more individuals from various age groups are getting more exercise when they are playing the game. And with people needing at least 2 and a half hours of vigorous physical activity each week, Pokémon Go is definitely making its players exceed that amount. Walking is one of the best forms of exercise as it is reported to help fight Type 2 Diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and a whole lot of other illnesses. And you know how much walking you need to capture those rare Pokémons.

Aside from getting your body moving, the game is also taking you outdoors, which means you get sunshine and fresh air. That’s the exact opposite of what you would typically do when playing other games that require you to stay indoors all day.

Pokémon Go is also healthy for your social and mental health because you get to make new friends and socialize when you drop by Poké stops or Poké gyms, swap tips with fellow players, and join teams. Plus, it improves relationships as families, couples, workmates, and friends are able to bond when catching Pokémon creatures together.

Of course, you need to make sure you don’t get too carried away and forget important safety and health tips while playing. Stay hydrated and be aware of your surroundings when looking for Pokémon to avoid dehydration and accidents. Get more tips here to become an even better Pokémon trainer.