UTAH TECH UNIVERSITY'S STUDENT NEWS SOURCE | July 20, 2024

Surviving zombie apocalypse requires fitness, ammo

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With frequent chatter of a zombie apocalypse happening, it’s important to be prepared.

Dixie State College students discuss the value of being geared up physically, with strong muscles and a strong heart, to be ready for the zombie attack.

Landon Stott, a junior computer science major from Salt Lake City, said there are different types of zombies. He explained that some zombies don’t like the cold, so he would “get somewhere cold” if threatened by zombies.

If traveling somewhere cold isn’t in the cards, then another option is moving to a remote area that’s away from others.

Stattan Evans, a sophomore business administration major from Salt Lake City, said he’d go to his second home in Panguitch.

“I’d first go as far away from people as possible, so I’d probably go to my cabin,” he said. “On my way there, I’d buy lots of ammo. I already have guns.”

Although guns and extra ammo make for zombie defense, Evans said it’s important to become physically fit.

“You definitely have to train and not be lazy,” he said. “You have to be fit because I’m pretty sure zombies don’t get tired.”

Sarah Humphries, a senior computer science major from Brookside, said she is also supplied and ready with guns, but she agreed it’s important to be in good shape.

“You’d have to have stamina to run or be without food for a while,” Humphries said. “You probably wouldn’t want to have any (physical or mental) addictions or dependencies.”

Even a habit of drinking coffee every morning could be a tough addiction to go without, but not all obsessions are considered bad.

Garret Pittario, a sophomore computer and information technology major from Woodland Hills, Calif., said he enjoys collecting swords, but if the zombie apocalypse is near, he needs to start collecting more.

Pittario said it’d be smart to stray away from gathering guns and ammo.

“[Zombies] are attracted to sounds, so guns are a bad idea,” he said.

Skyler Saville, a sophomore computer science major from Murray, disagrees with Pittario.

Saville said he’d go shooting and get involved in archery to train his body how to handle high-stress situations. He’d also keep fit by doing pushups and running.

“You [have to] run because in order to survive the zombie apocalypse, there’s a lot of running,” he said.

Stott agreed with Saville saying zombies are quick and sudden.

“I should probably get on a treadmill and do some cardio so I could run,” he said.

Alex Lambson, a sophomore computer and information technology major from St. George, also stressed the importance of being able to trek extensive lengths.

“You’d probably want to be able to hike long, long distances,” he said. “Backpacking would be a good way to prepare for it.”

If all else fails, Xi Cui, assistant professor of communication, has an idea.

“I’d go back to China,” he said. “We don’t have the word ‘zombie’ in China. I don’t think that word exists in Chinese.”