Training for the Zombie Apocalpyse: My New Exercise Goals

As a kid, I hated gym and avoided exercise. As an adult, I recognize I need to get moving if I want to be healthy, so I have been looking for ways to make exercise more fun.

A few weeks ago, one of our stations during the gym class I take was at the punching bag. You hit it with a baseball bat, swinging for a home run, whacking the bag with all your might.

I loved it! I’m not comfortable with violence against living things, but beating the crap out of an inanimate object was fun.

I teased my instructor: “You didn’t tell me you were training us for the zombie apocalypse!” He laughed, and I realized I’d found a whole new way to think about exercise.

Here are some of the things I am now training for:

  1. To journey There and Back Again,
  2. to become a Jedi,
  3. to survive the three dangers of the Fire Swamp,
  4. to become a dragonrider of Pern,
  5. to win the Triwizard Tournament,
  6. to follow the Beavers across Narnia,
  7. to outrun the Daleks,
  8. to ride with the Rohirrim,
  9. and, of course, to kick ass during the Zombie Apocalypse.
If by some weird chance I get to hang out with these guys some day, I want to be ready!  (photo from Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, New Line Cinema)
If by some weird chance I get to hang out with these guys some day, I want to be ready! (photo from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, New Line Cinema)

I doubt I’ll ever sign up for a marathon, a triathalon, or a long-distance bike race, so there’s no point in training for them. I suppose it’s just as unlikely I’ll ever be face-to-face with a zombie, need to walk across Middle Earth, or run faster than Daleks roll.

But I love the idea of getting ready, just in case.

How about you? Do you have any unusual goals to help motivate you when you work out?


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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

2 thoughts on “Training for the Zombie Apocalpyse: My New Exercise Goals”

    1. I want to get a more consistent routine going, so that would be great. Let me figure out what my schedule is going to look like so I know if I’m following through or not!


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