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5 Fitness Feats that are Worth the Training

Exciting Exercise Goals to Shoot For

-- By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor
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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:
Spark Your Way to a 5K
Active.com (to find races near you)
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:
You Can Progress to a Pull Up
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.
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About The Author

Jennipher Walters Jennipher Walters
Jenn is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomeGirls.com, FitBottomedMamas.com and FitBottomedEats.com. A certified personal trainer, health coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and is the author of The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet book (Random House, 2014).

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Member Comments

  • I will try to do better. - 7/18/2013 7:00:38 AM
  • I will have to do the pushups and pull ups. - 7/15/2013 1:17:36 PM
  • I really like suggestions in this article. They are all good ideas and a good selection for everyone to find an enjoyable activity. Earlier this year I signed up for a half marathon to encourage myself to run more and to challenge myself more. I didn't expect to get sucked in into the training routine SO much! I am really enjoying it and finding out interesting things about myself. While training for a half in August, I've already completed a 10K and a 15K with a friend - we had so much fun. Now she is training for a half marathon, too. - 7/15/2013 10:16:20 AM
  • JUULEE
    I'm just not motivated at all to do anything which looks like exercise. I'm not lazy, I just don't like the whole movement for exercise sake thing.

    However I've just done something which has clicked into something that I like but haven't been able to do since I put on so much weight and that's wearing high heels. So when I get up and walk around the house my heals will be giving my legs a little bit of a workout. My confidence should benefit a little too.


    It's a start :-)) - 5/31/2013 9:13:17 AM
  • I am trying to remember everytime I walk into my kitchen to do 10 push ups against my kitchen counter. Just started this week and I'm doing great with it. !!! - 1/5/2013 9:50:49 AM
  • KATIE0530
    I am just getting started and am overwhelmed already. I don't have exercise equipment so I ghave made my own dumbells and am starting out small and working twards emprovment. - 5/11/2012 9:05:31 AM
  • I like to try to beat my time when I am walking. I have the Endomondo ap on my phone and it is awesome! - 7/17/2011 12:55:24 AM
  • Just downloaded the app to start the 100 pushups. Wish me luck! - 5/11/2011 9:33:37 AM
  • I'm actually in my third week of the 100 push ups challenge! I started with only being able to do 3 full push ups before collapsing, and now I am totaling over 30 in my interval sets! It really works and it makes me feel so strong! - 1/31/2011 8:28:18 AM
  • Great article! I can see myself doing every single one of these challenges, and it's just the type of motivation I need. Plus, just a change in vocabulary does me good. Training is waaaaay better than "exercising." - 12/7/2010 10:55:39 AM
  • Great article, and i loved the link 100 push ups. What a great goal, i think i will do all of them, 100 push ups, 200 squats, 25 pull ups.............. - 11/5/2010 2:08:32 PM
  • Here's another goal: join a martial arts class and work towards your black belt ;) - 8/31/2010 1:17:59 AM
  • I totally do these things! I feel like I'm in competition with myself. That way if my friends are doing way better than me, I don't beat myself up as long as I beat my own personal best:) - 6/9/2010 9:10:14 PM
  • Thanks for this article!! I'm going to try to do all of these - starting with pushups and pullups! I appreciate new ideas of ways to motivate myself and goals to set (other than a number on the scale) - 4/26/2010 1:49:02 PM
  • To JANDESMAMA,

    I decided to not let the clock dictate my life or my schedule so I got rid of it by the bed. We all have a body clock which wakes us up when we're ready, although we may not think so. I'm awake at 4:30 a.m. although I don't necessarily get up at that time. I pray, go over my to do list, wacth a little T.V and normally, by that time, I'm ready to get up and start my day! Listen to your body and it's good to start on a weekend or on days you don't have to work. Let us know how you're doing! - 2/16/2010 10:54:40 AM
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