Here are a few things to keep in mind that will assist you in your physical preparation for the Zombie Apocalypse. (DISCLAIMER: I am NOT a professional or a doctor.)
The first rule (according to Zombieland AND me) is CARDIO! When the Zpoc arrives, chances are that you're going to be doing a lot of running and/or walking. It's best to start improving on cardio NOW when you're not being chased by hordes of the undead. Every time you work out make sure to work on cardio!
Also- don't forget to cool down! I don't know about you, but if I run and then just stop, I can get dizzy because I haven't let my heart rate come back down. If I run and then walk for awhile, it's fine; it also helps reduce the chance of injuring yourself. Cooling down is basically coming back down to your normal state from your work out state. It can keep you from feeling worn out or sick afterwards. Do something that's low intensity, like walking, and then stretch afterwards. Don't forget to eat something when you're all done to refuel! And don't neglect the H2O!
2. STRENGTH TRAINING
Chances are that you're going to have to fight some zombies and possibly other, desperate humans. Wouldn't you rather swing that bat with enough force to re-kill the undead? You're probably going to have to carry your supplies with you and you can't very well do that when you're weak, so train hard!
You might encounter situations where you're expected to climb or lift heavy objects to save your life and the lives of those in your group. Strength training will prepare you for this.
Make sure to exercise EVERY muscle when you work out! You don't want to find out that you've neglected something when your life is on the line! Switch what parts of your body you're doing each day so that you give your muscles time to rest so you don't hurt yourself (the one with the limp will die first). I switch off doing:
- Upper Body: Chest, biceps, triceps, forearms, upper back, abdominal, shoulders
- Lower Body: Hamstrings, quads, calves, adductors/abductors, ankle strengthening (I have weak ankles and feet), lower back, glutes
The 18th rule of Zombie land (according to this) is to limber up! The last place you want to pull a muscle is when battling the undead. Do NOT stretch right before working out, though! Seriously. Stretching before you've warmed up at all can actually make you WEAKER and can potentially cause you to hurt yourself. I usually do my cardio and THEN stretch. Then I do weights and then I stretch again when I'm done. I don't do yoga (though I probably should), but stretching is really good for you if you do it right. Don't stretch until you hurt yourself, though. That is the exact opposite of what we're trying to do!
4. EAT HEALTHY
You want to be at your best and fastest when the Zombie Apocalypse rolls around. When you eat better, you feel better. As one friend said to me, just try working out after eating a bunch of crap food. It'll be AWFUL. If you eat right, working out will be a lot easier and you'll feel better all around. Imagine if you were on a week long junk food binge and THEN the zombies appeared! You sure would be a tasty meal by that point.
<3 - CFC