Pokémon Go: A game changer for the physical inactivity crisis?

Prev Med. 2017 Aug;101:235-237. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.11.012. Epub 2016 Nov 14.


There is an urgent need to find novel strategies aimed at motivating people to go outside and move more. Pokémon Go blends a fun smartphone game with real-life, outdoor physical activity. Initial reports suggest it is a successful population level strategy to increase physical activity levels. Further research is needed to understand the long-term risks and benefits of this new game. Free-to-play location-based augmented reality mobile games are likely to be a new model for promoting healthy active living in the future.

Keywords: Intervention; Physical activity; Technology.

MeSH terms

  • Exercise*
  • Games, Recreational
  • Humans
  • Mobile Applications*
  • Motivation*
  • Video Games*