I love the idea of a Fitness Bucket List – bite-sized, fitness goals that might help me prioritize my physical fitness. I exercise sometimes but I’d love to exercise almost daily. There are some pretty inspiring fitness bucket lists on line with items ranging from running a marathon to a one-mile open water swim (!).
I’m not at that level… yet. With the exception of a star turn as a lacrosse goalie at high school, I wouldn’t exactly describe myself as an athlete. I marvel at friends and family going through grueling and time-consuming training for events like the Iron Man and Tough Mudder with genuine, open-mouthed admiration but I know this is not for me.
With the core strength and fitness level of a newborn I need to start somewhere a little less Herculean. My Goal is to transform myself from an occasional exerciser into bouncy, fit person who is intentionally active every day.
Here is My Fitness Bucket List:
1. Touch my toes (I have never been able to do this!)
2. Do a cart wheel
3. Do a head stand
4. Run 5k (just me on a treadmill, not the public outdoor type)
5. Join a tennis ladder and play a competitive match
6. Take a course of yoga classes
7. Learn to swim the front crawl (I currently swim an inelegant, self-taught front crawl/breast stroke hybrid)
8. Go stand up paddle boarding
9. Ride my bike every time it stops raining long enough for a fair weather, newbie cyclist
10. Do some sort of exercise daily
Now I have to figure out how to approach my bucket list. A few months ago I enlisted the help of a personal trainer. Together we are working on a range of lifestyle goals – I am becoming intentional about what I do.
Here is my bucket list progress to date:
- I can ALMOST touch my toes without bending my knees
- I am using a free Couch to 5K app (Zen Labs Fitness) – I can run about 3K (this is the furthest I have ever run)
- I have bought my first bicycle as an adult and take it out as often as possible (read: if it ever stops raining)
- I do 30 minutes or more of something active about 3 times a week – I hope to up this to 5 times.
My list of very achievable short-mid term goals is helping me get active and have some fun. I would love physical activity to be a natural part of my day. This seems to be a fun way to achieve that.
Here are some other Fitness Bucket Lists I enjoyed reading (these are more hardcore than mine!):
I will update this in a few months with progress and hopefully a few new goals. Get in touch if you'd like to share your list.