A Trainers Guide to Getting Ready

Whether you are leaving home for the first time at the age of 10 to become the best, or a seasoned trainer, there's going to be a lot of traveling during your quest. To be the best, you have to be ready to fight with the best. This can involve dodging attacks, long chases, or extended battle sequences that take a lot of stamina.

To help you on your way, here are 6 ways to help you be ready to go when your Pokèdex beeps.

Destiny waits for no one.

1: You Have To Stretch 

No doubt you have been studying up on all of the tactics needed to capture anything that comes along. With all of the sitting comes tight hips which can slow you down, cause back pain, and even make your feet hurt. Doing a simple lunge stretch for a few minutes on each side before you start your quest can help increase both speed and agility.

Step one leg forward just far enough that you have a 90° angle at your front knee and you back knee. The back knee can be rested on the ground. Square your hips forward, sit up nice and tall, and slowly shift your weight forward while squeezing your butt you shoild feel a stretch in the fromt of your hip.

Do each side for a good two minutes. This may be a little uncomfortable but, depending on how tight your hips are, you very well may need it.

2: Prep Your Feet

Unless you’ve already got your bike voucher, your feet are going to be doing alot of work. Like any part of the body, there are ways to stretch and prepare your feet for the traveling ahead of you.

Before you lace up your shoes, take a firm, round object - a ball no larger than a baseball, a rolling pin, a large dice - stand up, and roll your foot all over it. This will loosen up the 33 joints and the more then 100 muscles and tendons so the foot can move around the way it is supposed to.

3: Stay Fueled and Hydrated

The body is a machine and requires fuel to move. Before you go out, eat a solid meal to keep you ready to go as far and wide as needed. The trick with this is to not go heavy with content. By heavy, I mean limit large amounts of fried food, breads, and dairy. They will slow you down and will limit the distance you can travel.

Instead, think about proteins and carbs. Proteins are what build your system up and generally found in meats of any kind, nut butters, and beans. Avocadoes are also a fantastic source.

Carbs are the body’s primary energy source. These are foods that the body can take and convert to energy right away. Fruits are a great source of carbs as well as dates (Lara Bars are great on-the-go snacks), pasta, and potatoes of any kind. Water is something you will always want to have on hand.

We’ve all been there: Tracking and searching for something and all of a sudden we look up and think, “Wait… Where am I right now?”

It’s fine. Discovering new places is all part of the adventure. The trick to surviving is to always keep some water on hand. Most people have heard the old saying that your body is around 60% water. A fact many don’t know is that water is involved in EVERY process of the body.

Your brain needs water to make decisions, your muscles need it to move you, your eyes need it to move and focus on things going on around you. The better hydrated you are, the clearer you will think, see, and move.

4: Bike to Travel Further

If you’ve reached the level where you can now bike to different locations, there are some special considerations to make it easier to ride longer.

Just like with walking, you will want to stretch out the hips to make sure you can pedal for as long as you need. In addition to stretching your hips out, moving your back and midsection around can make the posture of riding a bike much better.

To move your back and midsection around, a basic twisting stretch is a really easy way to start.

Lay on the ground with your shoulder blades touching the ground and keep them in contact at all times. Pull one knee up and grab it with the opposite hand and pull it that direction as far as it will COMFORTABLY go. Like I said, keep the shoulder blades connected to the ground and just go as far as you can.

It doesn’t really matter how far you can get your leg over, it just matters that it’s headed that direction. When you get it there, just try to relax and breathe as deeply as you can. Just make sure you do the same on the other side and don’t be surprised if it doesn’t go as far or possibly goes further. Most people are not even side-to-side.

5: Take Care of the Little Things 

The devil is in the details. While we all want to catch a Gangar, there are some small devils we don't want around.

Everyone will have a device we need to look at as we search for pocket monsters but looking down for extended periods can put a bit of a kink in the neck. There are a few ways to combat this after it happens but the easiest way is to keep it from happening.

When traveling between stops, look up and see what’s going on around you. A large part of questing is seeing new places and meeting new people. Looking up and around also allows your neck to not get too tight in one position. Look up, left, and right consistently to keep yourself mobile. If you do start to get sore, there are a few tricks you can use to take some of the pressure off.

The first is simply to stand as tall as possible. If you look in one direction for too long (i.e. down), the muscles in the front of your neck will get tight and the ones in the back will get overstretched. If your neck gets sore, lift your chin up and be as tall as possible.

You can think of it as trying to get the crowm of your head as far from the ground as possible. Make sure you keep your chin up as you do it. You can’t be a Pokèmon Master with bad posture. Stand tall and proud of all you have done and will do.

6: Make Allies

Last but not least, make friends as you go. Everything great was done with help. On this journey, there is a good chance you will spot dozens of people doing the same. Say hello, ask them what team they are on, what level they are, any details you find interesting.

Not only will you make new acquaintances, you may end up with important information about a good spot to catch in or potentially gain a traveling partner.

Be safe, but be open to people. Everyone has a story and experience to share. And a good story is always fun to hear.

Happy catching everyone.

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