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Last Updated on February 2, 2018

Use “Zombies, Run!” and Your Running Experience Will Never Be Boring Again

Use “Zombies, Run!” and Your Running Experience Will Never Be Boring Again

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.

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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.

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    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!)

    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.

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      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.)

      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.

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          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!

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            Last Updated on September 20, 2018

            How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

            How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

            Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

            If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

            1. Breathe

            The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

            • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
            • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
            • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

            Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

            2. Loosen up

            After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

            Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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            3. Chew slowly

            Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

            Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

            Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

            4. Let go

            Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

            The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

            It’s not. Promise.

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            Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

            Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

            21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

            5. Enjoy the journey

            Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

            Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

            6. Look at the big picture

            The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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            Will this matter to me…

            • Next week?
            • Next month?
            • Next year?
            • In 10 years?

            Hint: No, it won’t.

            I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

            Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

            7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

            You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

            Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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            8. Practice patience every day

            Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

            • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
            • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
            • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

            Final thoughts

            Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

            Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

            Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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