Five Practical Tools To Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse

Yesterday we launched ZAP, the Zombie Apocalypse Preparation Fitness Programme. Today, I’m going to share some of my favourite Zombie Prep resources with you to jump start your own training!


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This website is a veritable stash of information, tools, and awesome people. It’s completely free to use, and it offers nutrition trackers, fitness trackers, exercise suggestions (and videos to show you how!), articles on nutrition and fitness, and a thriving community chock full of positive people trying to alter their lifestyles for the better. There’s also a mobile app that you can use on the go!


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2. My Fitness Pal


This is another tracking tool you can use. It offers some different benefits for your tracking by calculating in your fitness for the day against your food intake and tells you an estimate at the end of each day for how much you’ll weigh five weeks from now if you keep things up. I use this mostly on my phone, but they also have a website with forums, etc.


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English: my couch (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

3. Couch To 5K


This is a mobile app that isn’t quite free ($1.99), but it comes highly recommended and eases you into running. I used to hate running. I have asthma and shin splints, and when I ran in high school it was because my jumping coach in track forced me to work out with the sprinters. I’m not a sprinter. That kind of high-impact burst wasn’t for me, but yesterday I ran a mile and a half for the first time since….well, maybe ever. I was surprised I even ran a mile. It took me about 30 minutes to jog that distance, a time I’m looking forward to improving. The app sets your workouts and all you have to do is push the button. It tells you when to run and when to walk, and it plays music along with you, working up to that three mile stretch we call a 5k!


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I find this highly motivating. (Photo credit: robswatski)

4. Train for a 5k


One thing all zombies seem to have in common is their singleminded ability to quest for brains. You want to be able to outrun them, at least enough to be able to climb a tree or find some shelter. What better way to ensure your ability to do so than training to run several miles at a time?


I’ve chosen to register for the Run For Your Lives, a zombie-infested obstacle course of a 5k. It’s more than just running. It’s running with a slavering horde of zombies on your tail and obstacles in front of your face. Jeebers.


Need motivation much?

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“The zombies do not stand a chance.” handshake isolated on business background (Photo credit: s_falkow)

5. Enlist Comrades-In-Arms


Even if you’re a crazy loner like me, it helps to have people in your corner. (I’m not really crazy. Forget I said that.) That’s why you have #ZAP — it’s your place to go when you want to brag about ZATS (Zombie Apocalypse Training Sessions) or ask a question, toot someone else’s horn or beg for assistance. That’s another reason to love SparkPeople — you can connect with people all over the globe who share your goals. But if you, like me, see the prospect of yet another corner of social media as cobwebs waiting to happen, just hit us up on Twitter. You don’t have to be a writer to tweet at #ZAP. Just be you. And be preparing for zombies.

More resources coming soon, ZAP Warriors. What are your favourite tools?





About Emmie Mears

Saving the world from brooding, one self-actualized vampire at a time.

Posted on August 2, 2012, in CIS: Chance of Initial Survival, ZAP and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I use My Fitness Pal too! But, I haven’t lost any weight. (sigh)

    The longest I’ve trained (and ran) for is a half marathon. But that has been ages! I need to sign up for a good 10k run to get myself motivated. Good idea. You have planted a seed…

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