A new study has definitively proven that Pokemon Go is good for your health. The American Heart Association was presented the report this week, which states that players of the popular mobile app walk nearly 2,000 extra steps per day thanks to the game.
The study tracked over 160 players and their walking habits after they found the game. Curiously, players who had a more sedentary lifestyle (AKA, those who didn't move as much) benefited from the game even more, as they walked an average of 3,000 extra steps per day thanks to the game.
Thanks to Pokemon Go, players were also more likely to reach the 10,000 step goal recommended by the National Health Service. Pokemon Go players hit the 10,000 step milestone 28% of the time, while non-players only reached the goal 15% of days.
Pokemon Go has been linked to a variety of health benefits, including better cardiovascular health, as well as helping people cope with agoraphobia and anxiety conditions. Some doctors even went as far as to recommend their players use Pokemon Go to improve their general health.
Of course, the health benefits only work if players stay safe while playing. Several Pokemon Go players noted a rise in injuries and accidents after they began their more active lifestyle.