Is anyone else obsessed with Pokemon Go? I’m really not but have friends that are, even on a recent girls holiday I would look over and they would be catching Pokemon.
It seems that Pokemon is no bad thing, there’s the guy that caught every single Pokemon, losing two stone walking all over town in the process, walking the equivalent of five marathons! I also love that they’ve ‘hidden’ pokemon in cultural places, parks, churches etc to get kids out of the house and exploring their neighbourhoods – on our cycle to Amsterdam we saw an actual Poke stop just off the cycle path. If you’re not worried about totally draining your battery, and potentially crashing in to a lamp post, then you could even catch Pokemon on the run…
Now that the Olympics are coming to a close, I’m at a bit of a loss. I felt so inspired, proud and emotional, watching British, and International athletes at the prime of their athleticism. It was definitely the spur I needed to get out on some of my runs! I was recently sent Olly’s Medal Run game from Poki Games to try, luckily for me it was super easy to play (I am useless at gaming!), and you go through the Olympic sports winning gold medals for your country. I particularly liked the boxing and swimming (OK I might have drowned on that a few times). I like that it’s set in Rio, and sort of gives me an Olympic fix – reminding me of the incredible achievements – yay Team GB coming second.
In order to promote Olympics related fitness, Poki games are giving one Runner Beans reader a $50 gift card for Amazon – you could spend it on new sports kit, a healthy recipe book, or whatever you like! To enter simply leave a comment below letting me know your favourite Olympic sport (winner will be announced Monday 29th Aug).
I also love the competitive side of fitness apps, knowing your data is going to be published or help you work towards a target.
I know a lot of friends that use Strava to ‘win’ sections of their local run or bike route. My friend Anna and her friends are currently cycling virtually to Brazil, totalling up their miles to reach Rio and raise money for Cystic Fibrosis. You can read more about it and donate to their total here.
I used to be in a very competitive work Fitbit challenge, with weekly winners given a little cup to keep on their desk, and a quarterly prize of concert tickets at the O2 – this definitely incentivised us to go out for lunchtime walks, take the stairs to get our morning coffee and go for a run even on a Monday morning.
Have you heard of Zombies Run? I haven’t actually used it but know a lot of people love it. You listen to music on your run as you normally would, however with one slight difference, after being given your mission, zombies may be set on you, meaning you’ll need to speed up to get away from them. You can collect/earn supplies as you run, complete missions and share your progress online with the other million plus players. (As I write this I’m wondering why I haven’t yet tried it!)
Have you checked out Olly’s Medal Run game? Don’t forget to comment below with your favourite Olympic sport to be in with a chance of winning a $50 gift card for Amazon from Poki Games!