Exercise Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Exercise RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Pokemon GO Guide: How Super Incubators Work https://www.gameskinny.com/d42b2/pokemon-go-guide-how-super-incubators-work https://www.gameskinny.com/d42b2/pokemon-go-guide-how-super-incubators-work Mon, 02 Oct 2017 10:41:36 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Pokemon GO is all about getting players out of the house and maybe even exercising -- and Pokemon Eggs are designed to help that exercise process along. Like their mainline counterparts, the eggs in Pokemon GO have different requirements for how far you need to walk in order to hatch.

That's all well and good. But sometimes, it just isn't viable to walk 10km to get that rare Pokemon. Incubators made the process a bit easier, but with the advent of the Equinox Event, there's a Super Incubator to help speed the process up even further.

How to Get the Super Incubator

For now, the only way to get a Super Incubator was through purchasing an Equinox Event Box -- so if you're reading this, hopefully you picked at least one of those boxes up.

To use your Super Incubator, you'll need those little eggs you get randomly from visiting Pokestops. The type of egg you get is completely random, though some speculate that your trainer level influences the rarity of the Pokemon inside.

With a distance multiplier rate of 0.6666667, the Super Incubator hastens your hatching time by 1.5.

To give you a better idea of how that translates into practical terms, your walking distance for a 2km egg goes down to 0.8285 miles, the 5km egg gets cut to 2.0712 miles, and the 10km, rare egg drops down to 4.1424 miles. And yes, it does have three uses like a regular Incubator -- despite the initial confusion. Just make sure not to walk faster than 10 mph, or the game thinks you're cheating.

What Pokemon Will Each Egg Hatch?

With all this in mind, you may be wondering why you should bother hatching eggs to begin with. Eggs give you a better chance of catching a Pokemon that might not be available in your area, or that's simply rare to find at all. Here's a short list of these eggs by distance, the Pokemon they hatch, and the rarity of each hatch.

2km Eggs

These might seem like your basic run-of-the-mill eggs, but there are still some classic favorite Pokemon to be found. There are also fewer categories of rarity.

  • Common Pokemon
    • Spinarak
    • Krabby
    • Geodude
  • Uncommon Pokemon
    • Magikarp
    • Abra
    • Slowpoke
    • Slugma
    • Igglybuff
  • Ultra-Rare Pokemon
    • Misdreavus
5km Eggs

The 5km Eggs bring in more variety, both in terms of Pokemon and their overall rarity.

  • Common Pokemon
    • Cubone
    • Chinchou
    • Eevee
    • Poliwag
    • Rhyhorn
  • Uncommon Pokemon
    • Totodile
    • Cyndaquil
    • Chikorita
    • Mantine
    • Houndour
    • Natu
    • Gligar
  • Rare Pokemon
    • Onix
    • Seel
    • Tangela
  • Ultra-Rare Pokemon
    • Grimer
    • Koffing
    • Quilfish
    • Sneasel
  • Hyper-Rare Pokemon
    • Dunsparce
    • Shuckle
    • Wobbuffet
    • Girafarig
10km Eggs

10 km Eggs are the rarest of the bunch, and their yields include some pretty powerful Pokemon too.

  • Uncommon Pokemon
    • Dratini
    • Larvitar
  • Rare Pokemon
    • Sudowoodo
    • Mareep
    • Chansey
  • Ultra-Rare Pokemon
    • Miltank
    • Snorlax
    • Lapras
    • Skarmory

Enjoy the Outdoors!

With so many Pokemon to obtain, and with the Super Incubators making it easier than ever before to hatch them, it's the perfect reason to head outside and take a walk in the park. Or get a treadmill -- whichever you prefer.

Either way, let us know in the comments what you've hatched so far, and be sure to check out our other Pokemon GO guides!

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5 Quick Exercises You Can Do During Long Loading Screens https://www.gameskinny.com/qiv1o/5-quick-exercises-you-can-do-during-long-loading-screens https://www.gameskinny.com/qiv1o/5-quick-exercises-you-can-do-during-long-loading-screens Thu, 25 May 2017 10:00:01 -0400 Jaleesa Mitchell

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It's difficult to find that perfect work, game, exercise balance. But remember: these five exercises are perfect for breaks between mobile, desktop, and tabletop gaming.

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And, if you still feel like it's too much to keep up with, there are always alternatives such as Wii Fit, Xbox Kinect, and PlayStation Move. Games like Dance Central, Wii Sports, Just Dance, Arms, and Sports Champions are all games that help you get your exercise on.

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Take some time to play these types of games every now and then, and your lack of exercise will be a problem of the past.

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Do you think that you'll be trying these out any time soon?

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Mountain Climbers

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This one should bring back memories from your middle school gym. But mountain climbers are probably one of the quickest mid-game exercises to complete.

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You start in the push-up position. Make sure that your arms are completely straight and directly beneath your shoulders. If your body is forming a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles, you're doing it right.

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Next, you're going to squeeze your abs, lift one foot off the floor, and bring your knee up toward your chest. Keep your body in as straight a line as you possibly can. Lastly, you'll return to the starting position and repeat each step with your opposite leg.

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Do about 10 reps, and you'll be good to fight demons with your broad sword just in time to save your comrades.

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Squats

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This is probably one of the most difficult exercises to master, that is if you want to do it correctly. (That's why there's a video, wink, wink.) 

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To properly do a squat, you want to spread your feet apart. Make sure that you're knees don't go over your toes and that your chest is up. 

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Stretch out your back so that there are no bends along your backside -- but don't overdue it because it could cause strain. Also, make sure that you align your thighs with the floor. You want to make sure that your butt is far back. After all, it would suck to injure yourself.

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It helps a lot if you inhale into the squat and exhale when you stand up. 

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Lastly: never, ever, lift with your glutes. It's just not a good idea. 

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The best thing about this exercise is that you can do it in sets of three or more, meaning you won't miss out on a thing if you're exercising in the middle of a load screen. 

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Great, right? 

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Superman

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Named after one of our favorite DC Comic superheroes, the Superman is an exercise that works out your arms, shoulders, legs, glutes, and core -- pretty much everything you need to function on a day to day basis.

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It also tones your back, providing relief for people like me who have back pains.

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To complete this exercise, you're going to need to lie on your stomach with your arms stretched out straight and your legs straight back. Next, you're going to lengthen your body, tuck in your tailbone, and lift your arms and legs at the same time.

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Hold this position for 10 seconds and repeat until your loading screen disappears.

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Bicycle Abs

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As the name suggests, this workout is all about your abs. 

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To do this one, you must lie on your back with your hands behind your head, lift your legs and feet, and make sure that your knees are bent to a 90-degree angle. Next, lift your head and shoulders slightly off the mat. Rotate your torso so that your left shoulder moves toward your right knee. Extend and lower your left leg.

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Be sure to alternate sides for a total of 10 reps per side. By the time that you're finished, you'll feel better about eating pizza and guzzling down soda -- plus your game will be finished loading.

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Power Push-Up Plank

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This first exercise is super simple and is called a power push-up plank. It only takes about one minute to do, which makes it perfect to do during breaks or long loading screens.

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You begin by standing with your feet slightly wider than your shoulders, like in the top left picture. Then you squat down and place your hands on the floor in front of your feet. You're then going to jump back into the plank position -- just like in the middle picture. Make sure you keep your body lengthened. Then, tighten your abs and hold for a count of eight.

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Lastly, you're going to do two push-ups. Try to do them on your toes (like the picture at the bottom), and if you can't, your knees make a great alternative. Make sure to jump or walk with your feet toward your hands. Return to a low-squat position on your feet, and then stand up.

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Repeat each of these steps four times. By the time you do this, that pesky load screen will be long gone, and you would have gotten in a great ab day!

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Gaming all day can be a blast, but when your game starts to lag, your mind starts to drag. So, what can you do about it? Well, in today's day and age, health seems to be the epitome of conversation. Between random diets and the obsession with exercise equipment, it's hard to get away from it. Instead of fighting the movement, why not join it?

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When your screen starts to slow or you need a break from the noob who keeps fragging you around every corner, try these 10 exercises to keep you fresh and in the mood for gaming.

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Five Things You Can Do If Gaming Is Causing You Back Pain https://www.gameskinny.com/by4at/five-things-you-can-do-if-gaming-is-causing-you-back-pain https://www.gameskinny.com/by4at/five-things-you-can-do-if-gaming-is-causing-you-back-pain Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:29:33 -0500 Gamerchanger

Video games are a great avenue to take for escaping the problems of the real world. However, there is just one problem that many of us gamers struggle escaping from: back pain caused by long hours of playing.

Let's face it: The human body was just not designed for sitting for long periods of time. Many serious video gamers report spending countless hours playing their favorite games. This can take its toll on the body, especially the neck and back.

Oftentimes we humans tend to slouch when we start feeling slight back pain in order to subconsciously relieve some of the discomforts. However, in the long run, we are actually ruining our posture and causing possible serious long-term damage.

So does this mean as gamers we are doomed to have terrible posture and a lifetime of back discomfort? Must we turn off the consoles indefinitely and put our controllers on the shelf?

Of course not!

Instead of giving up our beloved game time, we need to try the following five solutions to help alleviate back pain caused from long term gaming.

1. Proper Ergonomics

No matter what type of device we are gaming on, the best way to reduce back pain is by maintaining good posture. In order to do this, we must position our screens at eye level, with a distance of 20 inches or more from our faces. We also need to keep our shoulders as relaxed as possible by aligning our heads and necks with our torsos and keeping our elbows close to our bodies. Finally, our feet should be flat on the floor. Maintaining these proper ergonomics while gaming will increase our energy and allow us to focus on the fine details of the game in order to perform our best.

2. Gaming Chair

kid in a gaming chairHaving the proper chair to sit in during avid gaming time is a must to help support the proper ergonomics mentioned above. Gaming chairs are contoured to support the spine. The best gaming chairs allow for better blood flow to relieve tension in achy muscles and joints in the back and neck area. Many chairs also come with extra accessories such as cup holders and speakers to increase the pleasure of the overall gaming experience. When seated in a gaming chair, our performances can only improve because we will be less distracted and stressed from being in pain, and as a result, we will be able to focus more on enjoying the games themselves.

3. Stretching & Low Impact Exercises

Of course, even when we try to maintain the best posture possible, and even with the most comfortable supportive gaming chairs, our bodies still need breaks for movement. Regular physical activity is a must for good back health. Low impact exercises that promote stronger back muscles include walking at a brisk pace, swimming laps, yoga, and stationary biking. Don't have the time for low impact exercises? Just taking breaks every 20 to 30 minutes to stretch can significantly decrease neck and back pain and re-energize our bodies for many more hours of play time.

4. Get Active Games

Don't want to take too many breaks from game time? Get games that promote more physical activity. With today's technologies, there are a variety of these game types available. We no longer have to be sitting to play games. There are many active sports games that will not only eliminate our back pain, but also help get us into shape by improving our hand-eye coordination, balance, stability, and cardio.

5. Wearable Sensors

Finally, if all of these options have been exhausted and back pain is still an issue, there is a new technology that may help! Revolutionary gadgets are being produced that we can wear to promote better posture. Gadgets like the Lumo Back produce sensors that will nudge us if our postures begin to weaken. Other gadgets like Valedo can be worn while playing games on our mobile devices and sync physical movements with our avatars, causing our characters to play through a series of obstacles that are meant to strengthen our back muscles and reduce pain.

So there we have it. Our gaming systems are not doomed to sit on a shelf and collect dust. Our backs are not doomed to chronic, un-relievable, unbearable pain and terrible posture. Instead, if we utilize the options mentioned above we can significantly improve our posture, stamina, focus, and game performance all while still doing one of our most beloved activities for hours and hours at a time! Back pain will cease to be one of those real world problems we as gamers need to hide from when we immerse ourselves into a multitude of video gaming hours.

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How to Stretch and Workout While Gaming https://www.gameskinny.com/93yic/how-to-stretch-and-workout-while-gaming https://www.gameskinny.com/93yic/how-to-stretch-and-workout-while-gaming Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:18:24 -0500 Left Foot

Warning Strong Language.

Ken from the YouTube channel Gamersresourcetv put together a tutorial showing how to stretch and workout while you are gaming.

Ken looks like he is a cross between a possessed Zumba and Crossfit instructor. Not so sure how effective the workout would be but it is entertaining to watch.

Music is by Denod.

 

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MMO Bicycling Game Simulates Real Life Bicycling https://www.gameskinny.com/brwvz/mmo-bicycling-game-simulates-real-life-bicycling https://www.gameskinny.com/brwvz/mmo-bicycling-game-simulates-real-life-bicycling Thu, 02 Oct 2014 22:50:06 -0400 mchiu

My local gym recently installed a new state-of-the-art group cycling program called MyRide+. Instead of a boring spinning class, first-person videos are projected on a large screen behind the instructor, and it apparently is supposed to make the class more socially and physically engaged. In my eyes, it's just gimmicky, but at least while it's new, it is pretty popular. 

Before MyRide+, my gym had individual exercise bikes made by a company called Expresso (pictured below) that had a video screen attached, and allowed you to save your stats either to a USB thumb drive or online. I tried it a few times, and got quickly bored with it since it wasn't too different from just a regular exercise bike, but featured animated CG in a FPS view of me riding alongside random computer generated bike riders on different types of terrain and slopes.

Zwift Makes an MMO That Simulates Real Life!

Now, there is a new London-based company called Zwift, that is taking gimmicky exer-biking to a whole new level of boring. Taking the CG animation from Expresso, and combining it with the socially engaging aspects of a spinning class, Zwift is turning exer-biking into an MMO. Zwift bikers will have the ability to ride together in a virtual environment, as well as compete against each other. It's just like riding in real life, but virtually.

It works by using a real bicycle and putting it onto a supported bicycle trainer alonf with a few tracking components. Zwift supports both "smart trainers" (bicycle trainers that can control resistance to simulate road terrain, wind, etc.) and "dumb trainers", (ones that have no resistance control) and uses supported ANT+ devices to send and receive data between the bicycle and the game. (which runs on PC and Mac)

If this all sounds a bit silly to you, that's probably because it is. Since you are required to use a real bicycle, it's probably a lot more interesting to just take your bike outside, and ride around in the real world. Don't have friends? No problem. Riding a bicycle doesn't require you to ride along with other people, however, you're most likely going to run into other people riding bikes too IRL.

While I'm all for marrying video games with exercise equipment, Zwift seems to be just another gimmick to get people to exercise. People who own bikes are already going to use them outside, and are likely willing to drive to the mountains or some other areas if they want to ride on different kinds of terrain. Zwift seems to be made for people who either have no friends or are truly too lazy to ride their bikes outside.

Blue Goji Gets Gamers

A friend of mine recently started a new company called BlueGoji. When I visited his office a year and a half ago, he showed me some exer-games that he was working on that I thought were more on the mark of how exercise and gaming should work. It didn't matter whether you were on a treadmill, exercise bike, elliptical, etc., but so long as you were moving, the games would work. The first game he showed me was something similar to Sonic the Hedgehog, where the objective was to move as quickly as possible.

The faster you ran or pedaled, the faster your character moved through the game. Along the way, you could steer your character to collect powerups and diamonds. In a different game, your character would ride on a bike on a busy street, and there would be obstacles in the way, where you would need to steer your bike out of the way in order to avoid collisions. For both of these game demos, it showed me the true potential of exer-gaming, in the sense that I was sweating by the end of the 10 minutes he was showing me these games, but it had felt that I only got to spend about a minute on either game.

Hopefully, these other companies creating games for exercise will understand that at least as gamers, simulating real life in a video game yields a very boring game, no matter what video game buzzwords you throw on it. Just saying that it is an MMO doesn't automatically mean that it will attain WoW-like popularity.

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Fun & Fit: Video Games That Help Kids Exercise https://www.gameskinny.com/d415b/fun-fit-video-games-that-help-kids-exercise https://www.gameskinny.com/d415b/fun-fit-video-games-that-help-kids-exercise Thu, 06 Jun 2013 00:00:55 -0400 Mary Yeager

Sometimes, using games is a great way to reward a kid for a job well done.

I use this tactic with my own daughter. I reward her work by letting her accumulate game time that she can save up to use consecutively. Someone told me I was crazy for letting her save up hours of time to play at one time. But my daughter doesn't just live to play video games. And even still, her favorite games to play require the use of our Kinect.

Through the games we buy for our Kinect, she is getting tons of exercise on days when she can't go outside because of bad weather. 

Living in tornado alley, where we have had not one, but two EF5s within the last two weeks, it's important to me to have fun alternative ways to exercise. The Kinect lets us have that in our small house.

One of her favorite games is Wipeout In the Zone. This game is an absolute, total workout. I can't even finish one phase without breathing hard and she can go for hours, doing nothing but lots of giggling and laughing at herself and the mistakes she makes on the courses. And that's not the only physical game she likes to play. She's even tried out my Zumba Fitness game. Her second favorite game is Kinect Adventures, which is also a huge workout.

Aside from her Kinect games, her other games work out her mental muscles by solving problems and puzzles that arise in the video game world. I find video games purely beneficial to rearing a child.

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