10 Ways Walkers Can Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse

...or more likely disasters

With signs and portents and social media spreading fear of the Zombie Apocalypse, you may want to take steps to be prepared. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have advice on how to be prepared for this unlikely event. Preparing for it will also have you prepared for more likely weather disasters or every day emergencies. As a walker, it's never too early or too late to take steps to be ready for whatever unexpected events come your way.

How Fast Can You Walk or Run?

Zombies Lurch Forward
Zombies Lurch Forward. Wendy Bumgardner ©

There are fast zombies and slow zombies. A brisk walking pace should be enough to escape the slow zombies. Start now to build your walking speed with the right posture, stride and arm motion. If you are able to run, add jogging intervals to your walking workouts to prepare for the possibility of fast zombies. As you build your running time, you can also work on your running speed. It is great to have a second, third, and fourth gear to be able to get away from a bad situation.

Remember, you don't have to be the fastest person to get away, you just have to be faster than somebody else.

Lose the Excess Weight


Extra pounds slow you down and sap your endurance as you flee the zombies. It's also better to look like a scrawny, not-worth-chasing snack rather than an appealing meal for the whole zombie family. Our free Walk of Life 10-Week Program aims to help you lose weight while improving your walking endurance and speed.

How Far Can You Get on Foot?

Mile 13 - Thirteen
Mile 13 - Thirteen. Wendy Bumgardner © 2013

Let's face it, when any disaster strikes, it's going to be iffy whether you can get out of the disaster zone on wheels. Think back to September 11 and earthquake disasters. Public transportation was disrupted and the roads quickly were impassable by cars and trucks. Unless you have a bicycle handy, you need to rely on your own two feet to get you to safety. The best way to be prepared for a long walk is enjoy long walks regularly. Build up your walking time and confidence by training for longer distance walks. You will soon be earning medals and t-shirts to celebrate your accomplishments and preparedness.
Train for a 5K (3 Mile) Walk
Train for a 10K (6 Mile) Walk
Train for a Half Marathon (13.1 Mile) Walk
Train for a Marathon (26.2 Mile) Walk

10 Essentials Never to Leave Home Without

Backpack Worn Correctly
Backpack Worn Correctly. Wendy Bumgardner © 2008

You never know when the Zombie Apocalypse will strike. If you commute to work or school, you should try to have the basics you need for a several-mile walk at hand, just in case. The things I take along on my 6-mile fitness walks will keep you going long enough to evade the first wave of zombies. These include: good walking shoes, layered clothing, pack, hat, water, sunscreen, identification and money. You may also want to prepare a more extensive evacuation kit for your home and vehicle for when you really need to bug out.
10 Essentials for Walkers

Drill With a Zombie Walk or Run

Zombie Apocalypse Run Sign
Zombie Apocalypse Run Sign. Wendy Bumgardner © 2012

Nothing beats practice when it comes to being prepared. If you worry about how you would react to a zombie, then find local zombie walks and runs to participate in. My local area hosts a Zombie Apocalypse Run where you can choose to be either a zombie or a survivor. You may want to practice dressing up as a zombie in case you need to do so to evade the zombies.
Zombie Walk Photos

Practice First Aid for Zombie Bites and Other Injuries

Sprained Ankle First Aid
Sprained Ankle First Aid. Wendy Bumgardner ©

Our Guide to First Aid has suggestions for dealing with zombie bites. But you should learn to treat other injuries you may sustain in trying to get away from the zombies. The most common marathon injuries are a good list to prepare for -- sprains, blisters, dehydration, etc. The CDC recommends keeping a first aid kit handy in your home, business, and vehicles. If you have been putting it off, now is the time to learn first aid skills and how to perform CPR.

Plan on Reacting to a Threat

Pole Wielding Attacker
Pole Wielding Attacker. Wendy Bumgardner ©

Is that person following you a zombie? Or just a mugger or rapist? Whichever one he or she may be, you should plan and practice how you would react to a threat while walking. Here are tips for walkers to evade, escape, or fight back when cornered.
Stranger Danger Tips for Walkers

Stock Your Doomsday Bunker

Meal, Ready-to-Eat
Meal, Ready-to-Eat. Wendy Bumgardner ©

Your home is probably your first choice of refuge for any disaster. The CDC recommends having one gallon of water per person per day and non-perishable food available to meet any disaster. They recommend a three-day supply on hand for all households, always. Beyond food and water, you need basic tools such as duct tape, a utility knife, and a battery-powered radio. All of these things come in handy for camping trips, too.
Disaster Supplies for Your Home


Bicyclists Line Up at the Portable Toilets
Bicyclists Line Up at the Portable Toilets. Wendy Bumgardner © 2013

You can walk, but that might not be enough to get away from the zombies. For good measure, you need these skills:
Martial Arts
Weight Training

Study the Threat - Actively

Zombie Won't Eat You
Zombie Won't Eat You. Wendy Bumgardner ©

We won't know what the real Zombie Apocalypse will look like until it arrives. But you can watch these 30 zombie movies to get a variety of views straight from Hollywood. You may want to stock your doomsday bunker with popcorn. But keep in mind that screen time can lead to being sedentary. Limit your viewing to while you are on the treadmill or the exercise bike. While zombies may be mythical, the health risks of sitting too much are all too real. Instead, you may want to listen to doomsday prep radio shows or podcasts while you are out doing your walking and running training.

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