If Pokémon GO has you racking up the steps as you spend hours scouring the city for virtual creatures, you've likely already experienced some of the game's serious side effects. And no, we're not referring to run-ins with the law, but the phenomenon known as accidental exercise.
As thousands of eager Pokémon masters have discovered, Pokémon Go is really just a fitness app in disguise. As players have jumped off the couch and into their neighborhoods (and cities, and parks) they've found that all that walking can add up—and that means serious soreness. (Seriously, there's a subreddit dedicated to Pokémon Go fitness.)
And here's the fact: Even if you're a regular Machamp at the real-life gym, miles of walking every day can definitely leave your muscles tired and hurting. And on the flipside, just as a lone Squirtle can take down a much larger rock-type Pokémon with relative ease, you can beat the soreness and hunger—even if you're not a natural athlete.
Either way, don't let muscle soreness and hunger dampen your next session of Pokémon hunting. Here are a few simple, straightforward training and fueling tips. Being the best that ever was takes some smart strategy, too.