Pokemon Go fans have just been given another reason not to use hacks and cheats to hatch eggs.

It turns out the Niantic app is having a positive effect on health, with players much more likely to reach the daily steps recommendation.

A new study by the American Heart Association claims that Pokemon Go players are twice as likely to hit 10,000 steps a day, which is the recommended minimum.

Almost 170 people were monitored as part of the study, which was carried out over 50 days.

The daily average went from 5,600 steps at the start of the study, to an average of 7,600 steps by the end.

The author of the report, Hanzhang Xu, told Time that the game does more than just encourage exercise.

“It has the potential to work as social media and break the ice of isolation,” he said. “Games like Pokémon GO may provide an alternative way to encourage exercise.”

So maybe it’s better to hatch those eggs naturally, after all.

And speaking of eggs, Pokemon Go fans have uncovered more of the game’s secrets by going through the data files.

It looks like the folks at Silph Road may have cracked how the Gen 2 egg tier works.

“Egg species is determined according to hidden rarity ‘tiers’ that are not the same as the egg distance tiers (i.e. 2 km, 5 km, 10 km),” a new post explains.

“In simple English, this means that not all 10 km egg species are rarer than 2 km egg species or 5 km egg species. A simple example of this is that Dratini is presently a very common hatch, despite being in 10 km eggs.

“It is currently easier to acquire a 10 km egg with a Dratini inside than a 2 km egg with a Machop inside.”

Pokemon GO tease information about 20th anniversary event

There’s certainly enough to keep fans busy ahead of the launch of those Legendary Pokemon.

In fact, developer Niantic has narrowed down the release date for Legendaries, which have been confirmed for 2017.

Game director John Hanke had previously said that three major updates would hit Pokemon Go this year, so we can safely assume that one of these will be reserved for the release of Legendaries.

Likewise, it’s safe to assume that Niantic is planning something big for the game’s first anniversary this summer. Perhaps the two are linked.

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