Go! Pokémon Go!- Fit Training Blog for Women 40, 50 and Beyond

Well, here we are talking about some good, and of course on the flip side, some not so good offshoots of the insanely popular Pokémon Go app for smart phones. 

 

As a student of human behavior, I'm pleased that the involvement of real life locations into a game that traditionally had folks sitting and surfing has provided many folks with their reason to get up and walk, or even run to places that might have never been visited without the goal of finding and capturing Charmanders, Digletts or Rhyhorns.

 

 Not a Pokémon fan but still interested in GPS technology that might introduce you to new locations and your reason to "get up and go?" 

 

 

Why not try Geocaching?  As described on the geocaching.com site:

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

 

Unlike Pokémon Go, Geocaching has been around since May 3, 2002 when a GPS enthusiast, Dave Ulmer, a computer consultant, wanted to test the accuracy by hiding a navigational target in the woods. He called the idea the "Great American GPS Stash Hunt" and posted it in an internet GPS users' group. The finder would then have to locate the container with only the use of his or her GPS receiver. The rules for the finder were simple: "Take some stuff, leave some stuff."

 

Cool, huh?  Whatever your flavor, the sheer numbers of people engrossed in finding these app directed surprises located  almost in plain sight- in the real world is amazing.

 

Who knew?  Find an intrepid friend and enjoy!

 

 

 

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