3 Ways to Hit Your Fitness Goals With Wizards Unite
By Kate Gardner
I'm a wizard! Or at least I get to play one, now that the new Harry Potter-themed augmented reality game has been released. Rumors of a game for wizarding fans have been circulating pretty much since Pokemon Go hit the app stores in the summer of 2016 (was it really only three years ago?). The games' creator, Niantic, made good on those rumors last month, and now we can all catch magical creatures, cast spells, and practice our British accents while walking around our neighborhoods and maybe getting fit in the process!
Wizards Unite isn't an exact copy of Pokemon Go, though the two games do bear many similarities. In Wizards Unite, your job is to find and return magic artifacts which have been stolen. There's nothing quite like finding a hippogriff in your living room!
Fun and Fitness
As with Pokemon Go, Wizards Unite has the potential to get you up and moving. You could simply assume you're getting exercise while you play or you could make a plan! Here are three fitness goals you can combine with your Harry Potter fun.
Get your steps in - Ten-thousand steps works out to be roughly 5 miles for most of us. Even broken up, walking 5 miles per day can help you catch a lot of missing magical artifacts. Use your Wizards Unite map to plan a route that meets your step and distance goals for the day which will also take you by those important game stops.
High-intensity game playing - If step counting isn't your thing, consider pairing some high-intensity cardio with your game playing. When the app is open, it will buzz to let you know there's something for you to catch. While you're waiting for your next alert, run hard enough to push your heart rate to between 70 percent and 90 percent of your max. You might look a little crazy, but it's all in the name of good health, right?
Time it - Maybe you're not aiming for high-intensity cardio, but you know you need to work more movement into your day. If you plan a walking route and play the game for 30 minutes each day, you'll be making huge strides toward hitting the weekly recommended activity.
Playing games for fitness may seem silly to some, but we're more likely to keep exercising if we enjoy it. Play safe, be respectful of others and your surroundings, and have fun!
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