The same exercise can be exciting or boring depending upon the context. For example, I’m not a big fan of running, but if a ball is involved I’ll be happy sprinting all over the place. That’s where zombies come in. In this article I have three zombie-related, exercise-related suggestions for you, of which each can help you to burn fat while having a pretty awesome time.
The tagline for this smartphone app says it all:
Get fit. Escape Zombies. Become a hero.
In a nutshell, Zombie, Run! immerses you in a fictional world where you have to run for your life from zombie hordes. You can play your own music while you run, but tracks will be interspersed with faux radio messages and voice recordings that gradually reveal a story over ninety runs. And if you’re after something really exhilarating, you can turn on zombie chases that force you to speed up to escape ravenous zombies!
Zombies, Run! is integrated with a smartphone base-building game, in which your success relies upon your “performance” while you’re out on your “missions.” It’ll bring a whole new dimension to heading out for a quick run around the block.
For those who like things a little more realistic, how about a live action simulated zombie killing fest?
That’s what you can find in Zombie Experiences at various locations in the UK and Zombie Apocalypse in Atlanta. Armed with nothing more than an airsoft gun and an impending sense of doom, you will be pitched into semi-scripted scenarios in which actors playing zombies will chase you down (unless you put a bullet in them).
If this video is anything to judge by, it’s a pretty intense experience!
Finally we have a UK-only event, but it must only be a matter of time before similar events spring up across the pond.
2.8 Hours Later is a cross-city zombie chase. It could be described as a more immersive version of Zombies, Run! - you have the same “collect food, water and medicine” objective. The main difference is that you’re being chased by overenthusiastic character actors in heavy makeup across city blocks.
I haven’t taken part in 2.8 Hours Later myself, but I have it on good authority from a friend that it is a hell of a lot of fun and a great workout.