Let’s face it, running on the street can be a dull experience. We usually end up following a fixed route, and it doesn’t take long to lose our sense of purpose or desire to push ourselves.
I know what you’re thinking. You like to listen to upbeat music while you run, as this keeps your mind and body active and energized. Well, this may be true for a while, but the same-old songs and beats looping around eventually become tiring and annoying to your ears. And on top of this, the inconsistent beat of some tracks can negatively impact your running speed.
How Being Chased by Zombies Can Boost Your Fitness by a Scary Amount
Let me introduce you to app named “Zombies, Run!” This unique app uses game play to do just one thing – motivate you to get (and keep) running! And with more than one million players – it’s now the most successful smartphone fitness game available.
The incredible popularity of the app is due to its ultra-immersive running game and audio adventure, co-created with award-winning novelist Naomi Alderman. As you can probably guess from the app’s title, the focus of the game is to escape the clutches of killer zombies!
Every run you take becomes a mission where you’re the hero of your very own zombie adventure story. The idyllic mix of exhilarating audio drama and electrifying songs from your own playlist, will help you run farther and faster than ever before. And the better you perform on your missions – the sooner you’ll collect valuable emergency supplies.
If you don’t believe that running from zombies can jump-start your fitness, then dare to watch the app’s trailer:
Our Step-By-Step Guide to the “Zombies, Run!” App Is Frighteningly Simple
How does the app work?
You can use the app when walking, jogging or running – and it works anywhere in the world.
Simply download the app to your smartphone, and you’ll be ready to take advantage of its extraordinary features. Pick one of the available missions. Choose your background music. Then head out onto the streets. When you start to be chased by zombies – it’ll be time to run faster!
And remember, you’ll automatically collect supplies to build up your post-apocalypse community base.
How do I set routes and difficulties?
Firstly, authorize the app to track you using GPS. Once you’ve done this, return to the app’s home page. You’ll then be presented with a map of your local area.
To get started, slide the runner icon from left to right. This will take you into the very first mission. (Good luck!)
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A story clip introduces each mission, so you know exactly what to aim for. After this, the app lets you choose songs from your playlist. As the mission progresses, you’ll receive audio prompts and alerts. These include warnings that zombies are 100 meters behind you… and closing fast!
How do I unlock missions?
Each mission that you complete will distribute valuable supplies to different sections of your community base. This will improve the buildings, and ultimately, ensure that new missions are unlocked for you.
Interestingly, as you progress through the missions, you’ll attract more survivors. (You’ll be able to keep track of these via the ‘population’ sign.)
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Most missions last about 40 minutes or so, and once you’ve completed them, you’ll be free to move onto the next mission.
How can I keep track of how far I’ve run with the app?
The app keeps track of how far you’ve run using GPS. You can also see how fast you’ve run – and for how long.
Can I personalize the app?
As stated previously, you can choose your own playlist to go along with each mission. On top of this, you have the option to pause missions, and to just keep running at the end of a mission while continuing to listen to your music.
Even if hordes of roaming zombies catch you, you’ll still have a chance to complete the mission. However, you’ll lose some of the supplies you’ve picked up.
Other personalization features include interval training, and sharing your results online with ZombieLink.
With Zombies Breathing down Your Neck, You’ll Be Supernaturally Motivated!
“Zombies, Run!” is a free-to-play app available for the App Store and Google Play. In-app purchases include unlocking all 200+ action-packed missions (the first four are free).
Head over to the official “Zombies, Run!” website for more information on the game, and for the all-important download links.
Walking, jogging or running will never be the same again once you’ve got bloodthirsty zombies on your tail!