The Running Dead?

March 23, 2012 - Posted by Megan

One of my coworkers got me hooked on a show called “The Walking Dead”, have you heard of it? It’s about a group of people trying to make it despite the fact that the world is now overrun by zombies (or “walkers” as they call them). If you like post-apocalyptic movies and don’t mind some gruesome scenes you’ll probably like this show (this show is not suited for children). 

I stumbled across this article from Time Magazine that describes a new fitness app called “Zombies, RUN!” The goal of the app is to rebuild civilization after a zombie apocalypse and to do so users must run. Running will grant access to supplies and clues so the more miles you run, the better equipped your new world will be. Users can listen to distance, pace, and, oh yeah, zombies chasing them! If that doesn’t get you to pick up the pace I don’t know what does. Although, now thinking about it, I don’t recall the zombies in The Walking Dead running all that fast but who knows, maybe they’ve been training!

If this sounds like something that would make exercise more enjoyable to you, the app is available for iPhones now and will be available for Android phones in May. For those of you who prefer not to hear the sound of zombies on your heels, is a website that posts Workouts-of-the-Day in the hopes of preparing your body for survival, if you were to wake up one day in a zombie-infested world. ZombieFit’s goals are to have you “lift and throw heavy things, run fast and for long distances, and be able to navigate obstacles and urban environments in an efficient manner”. If it takes the fear of zombies to get someone motivated I say, why not? Whatever gets you moving is a good thing; exercise is exercise! 

Personally, I think I’ll stick to zombie free workouts but indulge in watching my favorite undead creatures from the safety of my own living room. Have you heard of either of these tools? Would you use them?


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