Exercising Now to Escape from Zombies Later


by Angela Dahl (@AngelaDahling)

My motivations for exercising are as follows, in increasing order of importance: 1) for my Comic Con costumes in July, 2) for my general health, and 3) for zombie apocalypse preparedness. I’m legitimately afraid of zombies; I can’t play Left 4 Dead without screaming the entire time. The. Entire. Time. We’ve discussed the importance of exercising to escape from zombies, particularly with the Kinect, before, but here are some of the steps I’ve taken towards survival.


1) Hip Hop Abs

In the event of the zombie apocalypse, I would definitely want to be in Shaun T’s band of survivors. If you don’t already know, Shaun T is a fitness trainer, choreographer and creator of Insanity and Hip Hop Abs. He motivates you by having so much fun while he’s working out that it makes cardio, weights, and squats fun for you. Also, nerds, you can learn some sweet dance moves in the process! Sometimes I forget that I’m working out because I’m just tilt-tuck-and-tightening around my bedroom. If and when the zombie apocalypse happens, I can hip hop my way out of trouble with my killer abs.

2) Not Eating Like an Idiot

I hate discussing the benefits of eating healthier because it can easily come across as trite and boring, but here goes: I’m not cutting out foods I love per se, but I’m beginning to think that having In N Out twice a week (along with El Pollo Loco twice a week) is excessive. I’m just being…mindful. And the Magic Bullet, a wonderful new appliance in my life, is pretty awesome at blending up fruits, veggies, whatever you want, in a delicious way (I’ve begun with smoothies). It’s also travel friendly, so when the zombies arise, you can take it with you if you want.

3) Zombies 5K

One of my recurring New Years resolutions is to run a 5K, but the fact that I’m just not predisposed to running and I don’t like it keeps getting in my way. However, the perfect motivation to get me to run may well be the threat of zombies chasing after me, so I downloaded Zombies 5K. The workouts have an actual narrative that takes breaks for songs from whatever playlist you choose to have with it. In the first workout, a British man speaks to you for most of the narrative parts, which I was definitely okay with (I mean, if you watch Doctor Who, you know that when you hear a British voice say “Run,” you better RUN!). The problem is, I was so anxious at the beginning that I sprinted for the first 1.5 km and then couldn’t run anymore. 30 minutes and 3 km later, I realized that I would not, in fact, survive a zombie apocalypse if I don’t keep working out and eating better. I also realized that my music was playing alphabetically and Beyonce is great zombie running music.

If you guys have any other workout suggestions for maximum zombie preparedness, I’d love to hear them!


  1. StephanieMay 9th, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Start crossfit and eat healthier/cleaner… paleo/primal diet…

  2. FeliciaMay 10th, 2013 at 6:07 am

    If you really want to run a 5k and being chased by zombies is your motivation there is a 5k obstacle course called Run For Your Lives where you are actually running from volunteers dressed as zombies. Best part is the finish line is a chain link fence because you don’t want zombies at the apocalypse party afterward. http://www.runforyourlives.com/

  3. AngelaMay 10th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Cool, thanks for the suggestions! The Run Your Lives 5K will probably give me a heart attack, but that’s like the same as when I do cardio anyway. Haha.

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