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Lose weight the fun way! Here, 3 ways to do so with Pokemon Go

Start maximising your time and fitness gains by killing two birds with one stone!

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Since you’re already part of the Pokémon Go phenomenon, quit being a Snorlax and start maximising your fitness gains. Follow this cheat sheet, and burn them all (calories) while pocketing some Dragonite or Articuno and level your way up to a Pokemon Fitness Master.

Don’t Stop Walking
You have a choice to make! Either you use a lure at the PokeStop, and wait lazily for Pokémon to come, or you can walk around and maximise the quantity and variety in your Pokedex.

The Health Promotion Board recommends 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise per week, which equates to 30 minutes a day throughout the weekdays. Coincidentally, this is also the duration where all Experience Points (XP) will be doubled when a Lucky Egg is activated. An effective way of earning XP is definitely walking distances between 2 & 10 km (1.2 to 6.2 miles) while hatching your Pokémon Eggs. 

In fact, every mile walked equates to 100 calories torched. And the best part is, American Council on Exercise estimates that by walking 5 miles a day (10,000 steps), one can probably shed 0.5 kg in a week (diet counts too)! So Don’t Stop Walking! 

Speed Things Up
Wouldn’t it be awesome if you can cover more areas, torch more calories and score more Pokémon all at once in a shorter time frame? Well, you could easily achieve all the 3 by doing the following rather than just strolling. Having doubts? Look below

  • Strolling: burns 115.5 kcal per hour
  • Walking briskly (3.5 mph): burns 202.13 kcal per hour
  • Jogging: burns 404.25 kcal per hour
  • Running: burns 462 kcal per hour

(Calculation based on 55 kg, Compendium of Physical Activities 2011)

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Work that Hill
Climbing up a hill definitely burns more calories than just walking around your neighbourhood PokeStops. Your muscles are forced to resist gravity as you travel vertically upwards, which causes high demands on the lower body, thus increasing the calories expended. 

Maximise your calories burned while expanding the collection in your Pokedex by visiting some of these hilly PokeStops - Fort Canning Park (small hill over 60 metres high) or Singapore’s highest hill, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

*1 hour of hill climbing burns 364 calories for a 55kg adult

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Calculate Your Own Calories Burnt
If you want to know the calories you burn while climbing the hill to collect your Pokemon, try this equation:

[6.3 X 3.5 X Your Weight in Kg]/ 200 = A

A X Duration of Climbing in (Minutes) = Calories burned after climbing the hill.

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