Take a Few Zombies on Your Next Run With New App
I've got two things going on in my life right now...
I've just fallen in love with the AMC Channel's Zombie-filled series, The Walking Dead. Every time I watch I feel like I'm getting away with something positively sinful. I finished season one, and am in an addicted search for every other episode.
I've also come to the realization that all of my article writing and editing (and television watching) has spread my mid-section a bit. Not good at all. I'm in dire need of some good old-fashioned, heart-pounding exercise.
Rarely do two needs come into sync so beautifully in one app, as they just did for me with Zombies, Run!.
Created by writer and gamer Naomi Alderman and the team at Six to Start, Zombies, Run! provides both a visual and aural illusion of having to do your daily run in a post-apocalyptic society ran amok with the living dead. As soon as you leave your front door, lace up your running shoes and hit the pavement, your senses are assailed.
"You've barely covered 100 yards when you hear them," says the Zombies, Run! iTunes app page. "They must be close. You can hear every guttural breath, every rattling groan - they're everywhere. Zombies."
Talk about an ear-full of exercising incentivizing. Zombies, Run! provides 13 "missions" for you, such as finding ammunition for your 9mm handgun, food or other supplies in order to survive the world animated with each and every jog. You'll receive updates and warnings from your "base camp". You can even customize missions, and the supplies you "find" are added to your scenarios.
Don't run fast enough to stay away from the brain-hungry horde? "The zombie has caught you," your smartphone will whisper in your ear. If this happens enough times, you'll have to start your mission over - hence more cardio action.
The app is currently only available for iOS devices (coming to Android in April) and isn't cheap at $7.99; however, if you've got a few extra pounds like me, being able to see that bathroom scale move in the right direction for once is priceless.