6 Things The Walking Dead Can Teach You About Working Out

The show, “The Walking Dead” has become my new obsession. Every Sunday, I escape into a world where an epidemic has infiltrated the globe causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. I sometimes wonder, how would I survive a world where zombies roam the earth? For one, I’d have to be in excellent physical shape!

The show tells the story of a county sheriff (Rick) waking up from a coma to an empty hospital. He finds the world ravaged by a zombie epidemic. The show tells the story of the weeks and months that follow. Suffice it to say, it’s a great show!

I’ve put together six workout tips that will help you out-run, out-maneuver, and out-muscle any zombie that comes in your path.

Learn how to run…NOW

My number one recommendation is to learn how to run (or at least start incorporating HIIT)! Rick and his group had been on the run (those pesky zombies) until they found the prison (but don’t think you’re going to get that lucky). In fact, the entire show is based off of cardio. Think about that one for a second! You need to be able to move at any moments notice!

To best prepare yourself, start doing high intensity interval training (HIIT) and slowly increase the duration. Try one of these workouts:

Cardio workouts

Team up with a buddy for success

In the first episode, we watch Rick wake up to find that the world is deserted. He is by himself, wandering around town scared and confused. But, after he finds a neighbor, he is finally able to be hopeful!

Do you think that Rick and his crew would have gotten as far as they have without each other? No! There’s power in numbers, and building a support system can help you accomplish so much more.

Try a group fitness activity like spin class or a bootcamp. Do partner exercises. Working together not only promotes accountability but fosters healthy competition which only increases the intensity of the workout.

Stay focused

Even when surrounded by zombies, it’s important to adapt to your surroundings. When you first go to the gym, it can be scary. You might think that everyone is staring at you, but in reality everyone is focused on their own workouts. So stop the unnecessary worrying about whether or not you’re doing the right types of exercises, and what you look like doing them. Take the leap, and hop on a machine!

Don’t underestimate the value of plyometrics

Characters on “The Walking Dead” are constantly participating in action-packed pylometrics, or “jump training.” They can often be seen jumping on cars, into barns, or onto various surfaces. Make sure to incorporate plyometrics into your workout routine to achieve optimal results! According to the American Council of Exercise, incorporating plyometrics can increase leg strength, muscle power, acceleration, balance, and overall agility. How awesome is that?

Become friends with a kettlebell

Swinging an axe, throwing a hammer, and thrusting swords are just some examples of active fighting that take place in the world of “The Walking Dead.” Often you will see a group work together to kill the zombies with designated weapons of choice.

This is why you should welcome the kettlebell into your life. After engaging your muscles during the swing, you will see a vast improvement in your fitness level. Here are a few kettlebell exercises you could try:

Don’t Quit

In one of my favorite episodes, zombies invade the farm, causing everyone to panic. But, despite being outnumbered, not one of the living walked out of the farm house and surrendured themselves to the zombies. I mean, who would do that in the first place?

It’s important to have a never.say.die attitude when working out at the gym. Run like you have a zombie chasing you! Squat like you are lifting your team onto a safe haven! Swing the kettlebell like your choppin’ off heads! This mentality will amp up your performance 110%!

What is your favorite part of The Walking Dead?

Photo credit: Collider.com; AMC Blog

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Amanda is the Managing Editor of the Anytime Fitness Blog. She is a designer at heart and loves to create infographics! She loves race cars, spending time with her friends and family, and wasting time on Pinterest. She would be happy spending the rest of her life in Ely, MN.

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