I truly do hate running more than just about anything. Last year, thinking that accountability was all I needed, I talked my kind sister into signing up to do a 5k with me. Yeah. That didn’t happen. Sorry, Amy. Something came up and I ended up backing out, my diligent sister pressed on and did it without me.
Regardless of if I walk or run, I need to move more. And having the attention span of a toddler at times (especially when it comes to exercise) makes trying new things a real positive.
One thing I do enjoy..in a non-exercising kind of way… is The Walking Dead. (I cover my eyes for the the ooky parts…yes, the season premiere last night was a major eye-coverer). And although my heart is broken a little, and I’m hoping the season doesn’t progress the way it began (for several reasons, but this isn’t a review, so I’ll leave it there) – – – doing a little Zombie Run made me feel a bit better, I admit. (So did making pizza intestines as a snack for our premiere viewing!)
Whether you enjoy zombie shows or not, this might be a fun way to motivate you to move.
I just found out about this last week over at Live Goodly in which Heidi shares 8 Free Health, Fitness, and Wellness Apps. Seeing the Zombies, Run app caught my attention and I downloaded it right away.
Here’s what I like about this app:
I like that its goal isn’t to get me to run the whole time. I know that’s not going to happen. But running in spurts to get my heart rate up is awesome. (If you’re a runner, you could run the whole time, just turn it up when the zombies are on the chase.)
It tracks how far I walk, how fast, and how long it’s been.
The app says that there are over 200 adventures. The first one, the one I did, was 35 minutes long. A little more than the 20-30 minutes I usually walk, which was a great push for me. The story is not constant. About every 5-6 minutes, you hear a part of the story. In between, I enjoy the silence. It builds the anticipation and lets me enjoy the beauty around me. But if you’d prefer, the app will allow you to upload your own playlist to listen to between the bits of story.
I also love that you can opt to block the zombie chases. I don’t think I ever would, but it’s nice to have the option for someone who just wants to walk/run and listen to the story.
There is one thing that would make me like this app better, though. Although they do a good job of building anticipation, I would like more. When the zombies are chasing you, they could stay in touch with you a bit longer to let you know your status. Instead, they leave you with some silence for a bit longer than I liked.
All in all, this was a lot of fun. Anything novel to get me moving makes me happy. My kids are talking about wanting to give it a try, as is my husband. Check out this video I made of my experience (grace appreciated…it’s my very first video ever..a big learning experience for sure. I decided to go ahead and post it–imperfect as it is.)
What do you do to keep exercise interesting and get it done?