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Exciting Exercise Goals to Shoot For

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Links to get started:
You Can Do Perfect Pushups
The 100 Pushups Challenge
Beat Your Time
If focusing on completing a specific exercise isn’t your cup of tea, try focusing on something you can already do, but want to have more endurance while doing. For example, you may be able to do the plank for 20 seconds, but how awesome would it be to do it for two full minutes? Or if you’re really committed to making your legs stronger, then why not set a goal to stay down in a wall squat for a full minute? Follow the directions on the links below to set your goal time. Remember to do the exercise two to three times a week, in addition to your usual workout. And increase your time spent in each exercise a little each week. Before you know it, you’ll be surpassing your wildest endurance goals!
Links to get started:
Modified Plank
Wall Squats
Strike a Pose
If you feel like you’ve got the traditional cardio and strength down, why not try a yoga or Pilates goal? Some advanced Pilates moves like the Hundred and the Teaser are definitely hard to do without regular practice. In yoga, even poses like Triangle are challenging and give you something to strive for, especially if you’re not very flexible. And that’s why consistently incorporating some Pilates and yoga moves into your workouts and focusing on improving your ability to do them is so perfect—with regular practice you will get stronger and more flexible! You just have to commit to doing the exercises at least a couple times a week. (And for you advanced yogis out there, you can always try to master the more advanced poses like crane or firefly!)
Links to get started:
Skeptic’s Guide to Pilates
A Beginner’s Guide to Yoga
No matter which of these five goals you choose, you’ll find that having something fun to strive for makes you more motivated and makes your workouts more focused and enjoyable! And don’t forget, SparkPeople has all the tools, trackers and information you need to reach these goals and more!
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Jennipher Walters Jennipher Walters
Jenn is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites, and 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

    As much as I HATE to work out, I do enjoy challenging myself. (If I've gotta do it, make it worth it!) Right now I'm training to walk/jog ("wog") a 5K my company is co-sponsoring. Since I can barely hold a plank for 10 seconds, maybe that should be my next challenge! - 5/25/2016 4:27:04 PM
  • Already working towards being able to do regular push-ups and working on increasing my plank time.

    Next will be pull-ups. - 5/24/2016 3:42:15 PM
  • Thank you, that's helpful and motivating! - 2/13/2016 5:57:56 AM
  • This was a great article. It gave lots of ideas to stay motivated with awesome resources to get started. Thanks! - 8/17/2015 1:25:57 PM
  • 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
    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

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