Find Your Motivation To Get In Shape

By on June 13, 2014
Run For Your Life!

Let’s be real, exercise can too often feel like a chore. And when it does, it’s absolutely the last thing you want to do. That goes for days when you’ve got a list of errands to finish off or simply when your legs are looking at you like, “What the hell, guy? Give me a day off.” They might even say something reminiscent of a hilarious scene from Parks & Recreation, in which Ann Perkins (played by Rashida Jones) put it best when she said, “Jogging is the worst! I know it keeps you healthy, but God, at what cost?!”

What I’m getting at here is the fact that many of us can suffer from a lack of motivation when it comes to exercise. Sure you might kick off the year wanting to get in better shape—you know, like so many others—and you stick with it for a month or so before giving up due to a lack of results. I feel you, I really do, however, those results might need a fine-tuning. Perhaps you’re too focused on trying to look like a model or chiseled athlete. Come on, you’re not going to get that look without some serious motivation—like, say, a huge pay-check.

But for those of us merely wanting to get in shape to the point we’re more confident and feeling healthier, there are other ways you can get over the hump of results. For some, this means investing in something like a piece of wearable tech, which you can read more about on CNET. These devices can do almost everything: They can track your steps, offer fitness advice by way of a computerized “coach,” monitor your sleeping habits, keep up with your calorie intake… the list goes on.

The downside here, though, is that some people (myself included) can become attached to the numbers tracked by the wearables. It goes from motivation to addiction, which sounds fine considering you’re exercising but it can become a negative when you’re pushing yourself way too hard.

So where, then, does that leave someone who wants to exercise but can’t push himself to do so? Perhaps you just need to be looking outside of the box or, more literally speaking, into your smartphone. In doing some research on how to keep myself motivated, I found that fitness apps aren’t only for tracking activity, calories, and whatnot. There’s now one that combines my love for gaming with exercise that has me hitting the pavement. It’s Zombies, Run!, an app/game that capitalizes on the zombie craze attributed partially to The Walking Dead.

Zombies, Run!

Interestingly enough, Zombies, Run! was developed after its creator, Adrian Hon, was facing a predicament similar to mine (and others). Even after using GPS/tracking devices, he still couldn’t find his motivation to keep exercising. And as he said in an interview with Verizon Wireless, “I was always surprised that there wasn’t a game you could play while you were running that would [make that] painful experience better.” Thus, Hon got to work on the app that isn’t necessarily what you’d typify as a game, per se; it’s more like an immersive experience that adds a game-like approach to your exercise routine. Basically, your headphones pump the sounds of zombies into your ears and you do your damnedest to outrun them in a variety of scenarios.

Running With Smartphone

If that sounds absurd, it kind of is. But it’s also pretty awesome/fun, too, and apparently the goal is to add multiplayer to the Zombies, Run! series. That right there would make this app even more enjoyable, because as anyone who exercises knows, it’s even easier to start your routine when someone else is with you. And by expanding the game to include other players in your experience, Hon could potentially end the cliché that all gamers are overweight, out-of-shape slobs. Well, maybe not, but it wouldn’t hurt.-story

Zombies, Run! App

Kevin Gannon

About Kevin Gannon

This is a guest post by Kevin Gannon. In addition to being a freelance writer, Kevin is a fitness and video game enthusiast who's constantly trying to find ways to combine his two passions. The first game he ever played was World Class Track Meet on his family's dusty NES.

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