Thursday, 7 March 2013

Guest Post: Zombie Fitness

Hello, how are we all? Happy and well I hope, I am here to say a quick hello then I'm handing over to a fellow blogger Jamie from The Zombie Fitness Blog. I mentioned a while ago that I don't really read many blogs written by men but this is definitely one worth a read especially if you like zombies! 

I think any way that gets you up and gives you the drive to get fit and healthy is great. You have to find something that keeps you interested even if it is zombies! Thank you Jamie for taking the time to write this post for me, over to you.......


How zombies are making me healthy and fighting fit

Massive thanks to Tamzin for letting me take over her corner of the web! I’m Jamie from The Zombie Fitness Blog (called, totally unoriginally, The Zombie Fitness Blog). I’ve had a few people ask me how I came to mix fitness with zombies (usually as they back away slowly and call for back up), so here’s my story …

If I said that I was a fan of fitness, I would be lying. Healthy eating and exercise haven’t been at the forefront of my life, and thanks to a combination of lounging around and a diet of pizza, sandwiches and pizza sandwiches, I’ve put on a fair amount of weight over the years.

I’d made vague attempts at getting fit while at University, but thanks to a street full of pubs and takeaways it didn’t go well. I’d more or less resigned myself to the fact that “this was how I was going to look, so I may as well get used to it”.

My biggest barrier to getting fit was a lack of motivation. Diet and exercise was a just series of restrictions and obligations; there was nothing enjoyable about the process and so I never stuck to anything.

Then the zombies came.


What’s with the zombies?

Sometime last year I heard about the zombie survival experiences that were happening in the US and in places like London and Bristol. These events pit a group of players against volunteers who are made up as zombies, and the aim is for the survivors to run, hide, survive and fight back against the horde of the undead. I’m a self-confessed geek and zombie fan, so this kind of thing is right up my street.

The problem was, with what was then my 16 and a half stone frame and lack of fitness meant that I’d be caught within the first five seconds of it starting, which sucks. With that as my goal, I decided to use a zombie apocalypse scenario as a game to keep me motivated.

Now when I exercise, I’m specifically training in certain areas that would benefit my body in a post-apocalyptic world (endurance running for travelling between safe houses, sprinting for getting away from the zoms, shoulder muscles to be able to swing a cricket bat with enough force to take off a zombie head).

It’s also helped me to eat balanced meals. Processed food doesn’t really happen in my diet anymore, since that kind of stuff would be pretty rare after the zombies arrive. Instead I tend to shop local to get fresh meat and vegetables (which is what I’d get if I lived off the land when rebuilding my life post-apocalypse).

Why blog about it?

My blog is a mix of health, fitness and survival tips to put a fun spin on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, as well as a kind of diary of my fitness journey. Another thing I learned is that it’s a lot easier to reach your goals with a group of likeminded people reading and commenting on your progress and cheering you on. There’s also an element of accountability and peer pressure to it; if I stop blogging, then everyone will know that I’ve lost my way. Thanks for keeping me on the straight and narrow, guys!

I suppose the proof in the (low fat) pudding is: has it worked? Well, between August and November last year I lost about 29lbs altogether. Christmas did it’s best to undo my hard work, but I’m slowly working towards shedding the rest of my belly.

I feel a lot more healthy and energetic than I used to. Back in November I ran the Cardiff Movember 5k and came 20th overall (4th in my age group), which is a hell of an improvement from the kid who used to dawdle the cross country route during P.E. lessons, and was still out of breath afterwards. I’m now training for the Three Peaks Challenge in June, and I’m signing up for the Movember run again for 2013, but this time I’m tackling the 10k route.


Anything else?

I’ll leave you all with one of my favourite health recipes that I end up making once every month or so. A big part of my weight loss has come from using the Hairy Dieter’s cookbook, and their low calorie chicken korma recipe is phenomenal. Making the curry from scratch using a selection of spices makes you aware of exactly what’s going into the meal, so you control what does and doesn’t go in it (I like to add more than a little extra hot chili powder to my recipe …)

Also, one of the best fitness tips I’ve learned since starting this zombie fitness regime is that the excuse “I have no time for exercise” just doesn’t cut it. There is so much that you can do in a short space of time that all counts as exercise. Fidget at your desk, do some pushups as soon as you get out of bed in the morning, take a quick power walk around your office or house before carrying on with your day.

And if all else fails, just imagine there’s a zombie chasing you. You’ll get fit in no time. It worked for me.

Question:

What do you enjoy most about your diet or fitness regime?



8 comments:

  1. Thanks for having me, Tamzin! Hopefully I'll recruit a few more would be zombie fighters :)

    Jamie @ The Zombie Fitness Blog

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  2. And we are watching you, Jamie! We'll keep you accountable so you aren't eaten by zombies.
    What I enjoy most about my gym routine is it's a chance to burn off some stress. I don't go home ready to rip someone's head off. (My wife appreciates that!)

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    1. Thanks, Alex!

      Agreed; exercise is a great stress buster. I find myself jogging / running more often just to blow off some steam; its quite cathartic

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  3. Haha that's such a cool idea for a blog!!

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    1. Thanks, Liz :) It seems to be working so far, so I'm happy with it :)

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  4. I always like to think that increasing my fitness means I'd be able to survive if the zombies or aliens come!

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    1. Then you've got the right attitude, Ffion :) You'd make a good addition to any survival group when it all hits the fan ;)

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