EXPLORE KOREA BY USING POKEMON GO AND FITNESS APPS By: Siegrid Pregartner
he weather is warming up and the biggest question on everyone’s mind is how to enjoy the sunshine. It’s harder to enjoy Korea without our tried and true English map services and restaurant review websites. I have heard of people staying on post for 6+ months before getting the nerve to go explore. What if I told you enjoying Korea is as easy as downloading your favorite fitness app and walking out the Humphreys’ Pedestrian Gate?
BEYOND THE BASE
One of the wonderful things about living here in Korea is re-discovering the art of an afternoon stroll. It wasn’t easy for us to become a single car family again but all of this walking has turned me from a couch potato into an average healthy person.Though I’m not here to tell you of the medical miracles that come from walking once a day, I’ll 54
leave that to the doctors. What I want to do is encourage everyone to drop the guidebooks and discover Korea the old fashioned way, through unplanned exploration. What better way to explore and get fit than buy downloading a fitness app for my smart phone to encourage me to get out there and move? I began my fitness app search like everyone else by using the factory default step tracker and setting up daily goals. Then the notifications telling me I failed to make my daily goal began rolling in and I knew I didn’t want a nagging Mom for a phone. I looked for more entertaining fitness apps like zombie runners, adorable monster pals with outfits and other games where you earn a currency to buy more goodies. Most games fell flat for me until I found