“I’m-New-To-All-This" Fitness Bucket List

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!):

http://www.livestrong.com/slideshow/1000813-16-exercises-worlds-trainers/

 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/active/fitness-bucket-list-ten-things-you-should-do-before-you-die/

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.