We all know how important goal setting is to reaching our dreams. From walking four times a week to eating more fruits and veggies, declaring your healthy intentions is an awesome way to make positive changes in your life.|
But if you’re looking for an exciting new goal that’ll push you (and inspire you) more than the standard "hit the gym regularly" or "drop 5 pounds," read on! We have five doable-yet-challenging fitness goals that are sure to enliven your workouts, refocus your fitness intentions and impress your friends.
Train for a Race
Whether it is a sprint triathlon, a 5K, a marathon or a 1-mile walk in your hometown, committing to a race is a sure-fire way to get motivated and moving. Choose an event that interests you and is at least a few months away, so that you have plenty of time to train for it. Also, be sure to choose a race that is appropriate for your fitness level but still a challenge. For example, if you’ve never run, signing up for a marathon probably isn’t the best idea. Instead, start with a 1-mile race or a 5K, if you have at least two months to train. On the flip side, if you can easily run 3 miles, then signing up for a 5K won’t really be much of a challenge, so go with a 10K, which is 6.2 miles.
Links to get started:Do a Pull Up
Pull-ups are a fantastic exercise for the back, shoulders and arms. Problem is, they’re not easy to do. For many exercisers—especially beginners and females—doing an unassisted pull up is one big audacious goal. Heck, even for those who hit the weight room regularly, doing a full pull up is tough. But it doesn’t have to be a pipe dream! With regular training, you, too, can do a full pull up, if not several of them. Put in the time to do the exercises listed in the link below, and you’ll be on your way to the title of Pull-Up King or Queen!
Link to get started:Master Pushups
Most of us can do some form of pushup, whether it’s wall pushups, modified pushups on the knees or full pushups on your toes, but can you really say that you’ve mastered the pushup? That’s what this goal is all about: getting to the next level with pushups. Pushups are an awesome exercise for your chest, back and arms, but without making them a priority in your workouts, it’s easy to never progress from modified to full pushups on your toes. Commit to the workout plan linked to below, and within weeks you’ll feel like a GI Jane or Joe.