(KRON) — Pokemon GO is turning into an unintentional fitness app motivating sedentary players to get up and move.
A new study from Microsoft Research found that frequent users of the popular app took 26 percent more steps than they did before playing Pokemon GO.
Researchers estimate that Pokemon GO has added $144 billion steps to the United States’ physical activity.
The most drastic changes in activity level were seen in sedentary users, now who are often found walking around trying to catch ’em all.
Interest in Pokemon GO surged during the summer but has recently declined.
And researchers caution that interest would need to remain high for the positive impacts to be long-lasting.