Scary movies can inspire fitness

Planning on watching a few scary movies this Halloween? Wonderful! You won't just be getting a thrill - you'll be getting the best encouragement for staying fit you can get.

In scary films of every generation, constant themes are clear. If you can't run, swim, jump (I could go on) - you’re dead.

Below are examples of classic films exhibiting the need for staying in shape:

The Shining (1980) - The only way to survive is running, hiding, inside, outside. Getting away from that ax isn't for the cardio challenged.

Halloween (1978) - Laurie walks to and from school each day - and good thing because she is about the only one that survives the night as the psychologically damaged Michael Myers roams the neighborhood.

Night of the Living Dead (1968) - This introduction to zombies teaches you fitness is good, but a backup plan, like barricading yourself in your house, is a healthy alternative.

Jaws (1975) - A man eating shark is a pretty good reason to work on those swimming strokes if you haven't been in the water lately. Of course, a pool is always a nice alternative to the ocean.

Friday the 13th (1980) - Better work on your paddling because sitting around in your canoe might get you dragged under.

Carnival of Souls (1962) - The main character shows strength in water and on land. You just never know how your life will be threatened. Cross training is key! (Note: this film was shot partially in Lawrence so check it out if you've never seen it.)

Carrie (1976) - She looks like she'd be a great runner and perhaps joining the track team would have helped her confidence and standing in the school. However, girls weren't always allowed to do such things. Appreciate all the opportunities we have now to join in and stay fit and healthy. They may save your life!

I could go on with goofy examples, but I think you get the idea. Go home this October 31st, turn off all the lights, and get inspired to move while watching a good flick on your couch. Fitness really can come from anywhere. You can even enjoy some candy because you'll get moving tomorrow, right?!

Carnival of Souls movie poster (1962)

Carnival of Souls movie poster (1962) by Erika Gray

Tagged: scary movies, fitness, Halloween


Marilyn Hull 5 years, 8 months ago

One way I push myself when working out is by imagining that my life depends on completing the task. Even more motivating is imagining that one of my children's lives depends on completing the task.

In the spirit of this piece, today I will imagine that a zombie wants to eat one of my kids.

Robert Rauktis 5 years, 8 months ago

Ya missed one which happens to be a great movie by any standard, but considering black and white, phenomenal: The Third Man. Everyone's running at the end and in the sewers no less. Trouble is, a lot are smokers. I guess back then they didn't cut your wind. They've got evil problems beyond weed.

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