When talking with clients, the first and main reason they want to get healthier and fit is so they can look and feel good. And there is NOTHING wrong with that…BUT why not set some other goals to go along with that?
I encourage people to create a “Fitness Bucket List.” This list is full of fitness and health tasks that they would like to work towards completing.
For example: Run a marathon (this can include a 5K or 10K or any other type of marathon that is offered). Some people want to be a part of these kinds of competitions so they have something to work towards when they are in the gym. Working to complete a race is great motivation! Being able to train and set a time you would like to finish allows you to push yourself through training and also through the event when you get there.
And your bucket list doesn’t just have to include exercise goals. It can include ANYTHING health and fitness related that you would like.
What was on my bucket list? To give up fast food. And YES – I have been fast food free for almost 3 years now! I was tired of being lazy and not caring about the food I was putting into my body. By avoiding fast food, I was able to be more conscious of the food I was eating AND it allowed me to save more money! Creating and planning my meals for the week allows me to shop smart at the grocery store so it cut my food budget almost in half when I stopped eating out so much.
You can create goals like “not drinking carbonated beverages for a month” or “only having Starbucks once a week.” YOU can set the limits and the rules on your bucket list. This is a great way for you to take control of your health and fitness habits and it also allows you to stay accountable for the things you want to achieve.
Need more ideas? Here are a few others that may be great for you to add to your list:
- Swim a race
- Learn to surf
- Run a triathlon
- Compete in an iron man competition (or half competition)
- Compete in charity races
- Compete in charity athletic events (like football or basketball or any other sport)
- To be able to fit in your old wedding…prom…or any other dress you have hidden in the back of your closet
- Go on a fitness cruise
- Kayak down a river
- Do a fitness competition
- Walk part of the Appalachian Trail
- Be able to run 1…2…3 miles
- Be able to do multiple pull ups (because they are VERY hard to do!)
- Go rock climbing
- Go running on the beach
- Be able to do 25…50..100 push ups
- Master some yoga poses without falling
- Be able to hike on trails (Like in Yellow stone national park or the Grand Canyon!)
- Complete a spin class
Like I said your Bucket List can contain ANYTHING you have wanted to do physically that you know (or think) you cannot do now. All it takes it a little motivation and a lot of hard work. If you stay focused and stay motivated you definitely can achieve your health and fitness goals!
This is Stephanie from Infinite Life Fitness. Please feel free to stop by my blog for more health and fitness tips!
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