Use Ingress AR game to work out after holiday pig-out

The holidays are all about giving, and there is something every Holiday season will give you: a few extra pounds. Smartphones have become a great tool for everything, and that includes working out. We have already recommended a slew of good apps for burning off all those Thanksgiving calories, but what if you want to make it a little more interactive? A good augmented reality game would do the trick, and Ingress is the most popular one right now.

In this game, one tries to take over energy sources before the other team does. These are usually located in historic landmarks or important locations, which are usually far away, unless you live in downtown. After being part of the closed beta for some days, I realized it’s very hard to make any progress unless you really go out of your way. The closest energy source to my house is about 3 miles away, and it is not very convenient to keep parking to hack these and fight the Enlightened while I am running errands.

You have to make time and go out of your way for it. The best way to succeed in this game would be to make it a working out tool. It would be especially good for bikers, who could simply ride around town looking for energy sources. But if you are a trooper, you could even pull it off by running.

Simply make it a goal to hack a 2-3 energy sources a day and you are set (or less if you are jogging it). You could just take different routes every day; we all know a good change of scenery is necessary to keep things fresh and exciting. It also wouldn’t be a bad idea to drive downtown (where there are usually more energy sources) and run over there once every couple weeks. Just to look at new things and further advance in the game.

Great idea, right?! Sadly, not many have access to Ingress just yet. But the closed beta should end soon enough, and this battle will be about to become very fierce. Whether you are fighting for the Enlightened or the Resistance, a good work out that also serves your Ingress purpose would be ideal.

Don’t forget to go to to sign up for a confirmation code. After you get one, you can simply go to the Google Play Store and download the game. Enjoy the holidays and let us know how you are using your phone to keep all that delicious food from staying in your body! Will you be using this Ingress exercise tip?

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TAGS: Google , holidays , Ingress , niantic labs , thanksgiving

  • DarrenR

    Im still waiting for the code.

  • Alexander Maxham

    Got my code!

    • Edgar Cervantes

      Nice! Have you done any progress? It is just so hard. You really have to go out of your way most times! lol

      • Alexander Maxham

        Haven’t been able to do much yet. All the portals are downtown and mostly already taken over by resistance. So not much I can do


    I spent 10 minutes with this game, and lost interest. Requires too much immersion. I don’t have time for that much work…. anyone want my code?

    • Raúl Colón

      How would you shared an already-used code?


        I dunno, i can give it to you, you check if it will work….want it?

        • Paul_Werner

          I’d want to try it out if I can

    • Trevor Redhead

      yes, I’ll like to see what the fuss is all about.



        • Trevor Redhead

          thanks anyway, but it did not work…unless someone beat me to it :(

    • Gary A. Wapnitsky

      Can I have your code please?

  • Raúl Colón

    So… are you implying I should Bond out?

  • dennisnp

    i tried to get a code with all my email but non :(
    Even tried creating stuff on google +

  • Paul_Werner

    I would if I wasn’t still waiting on a code

  • Aar0nC

    no code…not even bothering looking into…
    thats the problem, when a game gets too complicated like this one with its code to even try it out… it becomes its own worth enemy, all it’s doing is hurting it’s own potential customer base

  • Mix

    I’ve been riding around on the bus but while in downtown Chicago it was bananas! I was hacking the crap out of the Resistance portals. They have plenty of resonators on them though. Need a team to take them down.

  • Guest

    damn you phandroid article. just when i thought i have moved on and forget to wait for an ingress invite, you make this article.

  • No_Nickname90

    The game isn’t lyk what the video shows. I thought I’d see a whole bunch of floating icons lyk I saw in the video.

    Please, somebody tell me I’m wrong. Is there more than just the phone thing? I’m a little confused on what’s the actual game, because this video is a bit deceiving. Should I try and get the code?

    • John Robertson

      you’re wrong; it’s spelled “L-I-K-E” (notes: it does not have to be in capital letters, and the dashes were simply added to separate the letters and make it easier to see.)

      • No_Nickname90

        Oh my gosh. I was typing on my phone and it was reflexive. LoL!! My bad for those who translate the page. But I guess you told me I’m wrong. =.P

        • John Robertson

          I aim to please.. plus one for you sir.

  • tomaSconnie

    …ive been waiting for my code for quite a while. …major phandroid tease. im going to go back to eating raw bacon and various meats while jogging. resistance training.

  • moses

    I would like invite if anyone is already in the beta please

  • louched1

    Signed up for a code after the first Phandroid article about this game. Still waiting.

  • ckittle82

    Nightscout if you are giving it out ill take it

  • Bailey Bootthanoo

    This article seems very Lifehacker-ish. I like it.

  • Darrien Glasser

    That’s the most awesome f*cking thing I have ever seen.

  • Gary A. Wapnitsky

    Still waiting for a code.

  • Kaostheory

    Been trying it for a few days, they’re definitely on to something. I like the idea but if you think people spend too much time looking at their phone, this game puts it over the top.

  • Nick Bell

    I would like to meet any of those ladies while out playing.. I took most of my city the first night and always check back every other day on my ride to work.. its addicting..

    • Robert Swain

      Got any invites?

  • Daniel Keane

    I’m finding this game so confusing, there is an energy source about 30mins from my home, I went to try and capture it, but all I could do was hack it once every 5 minutes, so I got bored. Any insight? or tips?

  • poff

    Someone was using streetquest – run is a game? I find it really similar to this one but not that mainstream and you dont need stupid codes etc. its free on google play.
    I was trying it with friends and its good.

  • Quentyn Kennemer

    This is a good use of the game haha.

  • Steven Skwarkowski

    Eh…game is ok. Im not a very on foot, walking around type. I go to work and go home. Not a very mobile type person. Game doesnt fit my lifestyle very much

    • Steven Skwarkowski

      If anyone needs a code, I have one

  • Patrik Fuhrmann

    Hey there! I like your article. Not sure if I can use it as workout tool as all portals are just next to place I live :) If you are waiting for codes read our simple tips on our forum