Apologies for my hiatus! I’ve had a lot going on recently and I’ve had this post on the back burner for days! Finally, I’ve gotten around to posting it…
After my last post, I feel I should say that I’m not actually that negative about running or exercising in general. I think, reading back over that post, that I came across very hateful about fitness but honestly, there are times when I feel great about it. This app I’m about to introduce to you multiplies those moments!
Get Fit. Escape Zombies. Become a Hero.
Join 800,000+ runners on an epic adventure that motivates you to run further and faster than ever before – whether you’re a beginner or an expert!
– taken from their website
Now, you must be wondering what the hell this app is about. Let me enlighten you my friends. Let me take you on a journey of wonder and excitement. Take my hand.
To begin with let me just tell you that this app is not free. It costs £3.99 but it is worth every penny (in my books anyway). I have been through every running app you can imagine and none of them does what this one does – make running fun. As you all are probably aware, I love video games and that’s why this app works so well for me. It turns an exercise into a game that you can progress through whilst still getting fit.
How does it work?
You are living in a world that has recently suffered the dreaded zombie apocalypse. You must survive in some way or other. You have been discovered by a safe base camp where other people are living and surviving off whatever they can scrounge. In this scenario they have certain people, those adept enough, who go out to find supplies and that’s where you come in. There’s a bit of shadiness around who you are because you were shot down in a helicopter but no one knows who or what shot you. Was it a survivor? Was it a really smart zombie? All will become clear as you progress! So you are one of those supply runners – the camp sends you out on various missions to basically earn your keep. The more you run, the more supplies you get and the more you can upgrade your camp to better cater the remaining survivors.
Now whilst you can’t technically ‘lose’ the game (as in, you can’t die), the zombies will catch you if you aren’t fast enough and will take some of your supplies, making progression much harder. The great thing is that you can visually see your camp, the upgrades you’re making and the amount of supplies you have – it’s very immersive in a sense.
The awesome thing about this app though is it gives a feel of interval training in that you can walk and then do a burst of sprinting and if you do not run fast enough, the zombies will catch you! To add to this, the closer the zombies get to you, the louder they become so it definitely feels like a chase.
I just have to add that it is not like you hear zombies all the time or a voice narrating all the time. The voice just comes up every now and then (usually at the beginning and near the end) and the zombie noises come at random moments as well. On the app you also set up a music playlist so in the bits without voices you can listen to your favourite tunes.
How I use it
Personally, I don’t like running outside too much because I get embarrassed when I think people are watching me and luckily my mum has a treadmill so I’ve been using that recently. The app can work on either a location based setting or a speed setting. If you are going to be running outside then location based is best for you because it tracks, by distance, how far you are away from the approaching zombie horde. I put it on speed setting because then I have a harder sprint to get away from them and, obviously, my distance isn’t changing!
I did try using it whilst I was outside running but, it embarrasses me to say this, I got scared. It was late at night, I was jogging to a bit of Icona Pop and suddenly I hear zombie growls through my headphones, as if they were right behind me. I panicked and needless to say, I’ve never sprinted that fast in my life!
Another thing about this app, which is different to many others of its kind, is that I don’t feel pressured into running. I don’t know about you guys but the more someone tells me to exercise, the less I want to do it! There’s no notification saying “isn’t it about time you shed the lard, fatty?” or “time to check in!” you can simply run when you want to.
“But won’t this break your motivation if it isn’t reminding you?” I hear you ask and I have one word for you. No. If you are into games like I am (or even if you’re not), the format of this app takes away that feeling of not wanting to run. You think to yourself, yesterday I saved a child from a zombie horde, I wonder what mission I have to do next. It meant that I was no longer dreading workouts but in fact making the decision myself to go and do it! It became less like a workout and more like a game and that’s what I love.
If you truly are just a beginner at running or want an easy start, you have the freedom to choose that. You can just simply turn off zombie chases so you won’t have to sprint every couple of minutes but for me, that would just make this app like the 1000s out there already.
Admittedly, I do not use this all the time but it just enhances my workout. It works especially best for me when I’m in a slump about my fitness and my health and the last thing I want to do is spend 30 minutes trudging on the treadmill. For those who are in a slump, I definitely recommend this to give you that boost you need to get you back into the running circuit.
This app has so many other features that I haven’t explored yet so feel free to check out their website (www.zombiesrungame.com) for more details and to see if that can help you make up your mind as to whether get this or not!
So what do you think? Gonna give it a try? If so, let me know how it goes for you! Obviously, this app will not work for everyone but it did wonders for me and I just want to pass on the tip to you guys!
P.S. I am not being endorsed for talking about this app – I just wanted to share it with you guys!