Fun Fitness and Long Term Goals – My Virtual Journey

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Are you one of those people that find it boring to exercise?  Do you get tired of logging miles on the dreadmill or the elliptical?  Wondering how you can keep yourself going for the long term?

Awhile back I decided I needed something fun to keep me going.  I needed a goal that would make tracking all those fitness miles interesting.  I chose to start a Virtual Journey.  It wasn’t hard for me or some of my Twilight Challenge team members to make that choice.  I started a message board for our team, and the challenge to track your fitness miles on a virtual trip to Forks, Washington, began.  (For those of you who haven't read Twilight, the main setting for the four books is a small town in Washington.) 

I determined that it would be 2,262 miles from my front door to the Forks High School, and my tracking began.  At the time of writing this blog, I’ve have tracked 1,432 miles. I’ve blogged along the way about states I would be in if I were really running or riding my bike, and what I would do there.  It helps me stay on track to know that there are others doing the trip with me from wherever they are. 

I’m setting up a plan now to make sure I reach my destination before the last movie comes out on November 16, 2012.  Starting January 1, I’ll need to complete 2.5 miles a day throughout the course of the year to reach my goal by the release date.   When you break it down like that it doesn’t seem so intimidating does it?

What’s more important to me than reaching “Forks” is what I’ve accomplished along the way.  I can’t really describe how much my body has changed during 1,432 miles.  During this journey, I’ve lost another 19 lbs and maintained my 90+ lb weight loss for more than a year.  Having that goal out there and communicated to a lot of other people has keep me running, biking, swimming, and tracking steps for 20 months now.   This has become a tool for me that has developed consistency and made working out a routine in my life. In the end, it’s the lifestyle that will help me maintain health for a long time to come.

So how can you take this tool and add it to your kit?  If a Virtual Journey is not for you, how can you make fitness fun?  Here are a few examples of spark members I know that are making it fun their own way: Laurie loves half marathons,  Shelli does it with Hula Hoops, Jerome just did it with his first full marathon, Elaine does it with family hikes and geocaching and my friend Fathin in Malaysia usually does it with jump ropes.   Find what you love and make it a lifestyle!

How can you make fitness more fun?  What can you share in the comments for others about how you keep fitness part of your lifestyle?  What are your long-term fitness goals for 2012?

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1CRAZYDOG 2/12/2021
Especially right now, during the pandemic, this is a great idea. Report
new challenges! Report
SNUZYQ2 10/18/2020
Thank you so much for sharing! You found something active that you enjoyed and became fit. That’s the key to sticking with it...finding something fun and interesting! Report
CECELW 10/6/2020
sounds fun to me actually. Pretty good ideas Report
Thank you! Report
SALOMONS 6/28/2020
Great idea. Im using my horse riding, walking and biking miles, now I just have to decide where I'm headed too.
Thanks Report
What a wonderful idea! It does sound like fun! Report
Great idea 😃😃😃 Report
Thank You...………….. Report
Great! Report
fun ideas Report
My goals are now life long goals to work on living a healthy lifestyle. Report
My trainer made one of theseup for his clients including which pieces of equipment to use, how many miles each, etc. It was fun and motivating though only 2 of us finished. Report
Such a good idea!!! I am definitely going to start this today, just need to figure out a destination that's within reach. Thank you for sparking my imagination!
Such a good idea!!! I am definitely going to start this today, just need to figure out a destination that's within reach. Thank you for sparking my imagination!
What a great idea! I have always wanted to do the Appalachian Trail, but, due to health problems I can't. But this way I can do it from the safety and comfort of my living room. Report
I'n very new and this sounds like a great way to start off. Great idea! Report
This may be what ive been looking for. Report
Great blog! I read the Twilight books, but I'm more of a Star Trek girl (glad for JJ Abrams reboot keeping the franchise alive).
I hadn't thought about blogging about the locations I would be traveling through - that sounds like fun.
I think this year I am discovering the joy in spurts - circuit training. Doing the January jumpstart challenge made me realize I CAN fit 10 minutes into multiple parts of my day AND break a sweat. That will help these excess pounds melt away!
Thanks for a great inspirational blog and links to others "all finding their own way to get 'er done!" Report
So the real question is--Team Edward or Team Jacob? Oh wait, I already know that. You even kinda look like a Cullen. (lol) What a great challenge! I love how you're using your imagination; it makes everything so much more fun. Now I gotta go check out the jump roper... :) Report
Cool Idea! Now I just have to pick a destination. (Venus... or Mars... or Pluto? haha) Report
like the idea. will start and see how far i go until this time next year it probably will make me walk a little longer Report
As a newbie to the SP site, I am still finding my groove. I walk daily with my walking buddy Chica my 4 month old chihuahua which is fun for both of us and I track my time. I love the target of minutes per year....sounds doable, but I want to begin tracking mileage. I like the idea of walking the country. My dream is to one day be able to complete a triathlon, so while Chica is motivating me to get out there, I look forward to the next step(s)! Thanks for the article and the inspiration. Report
Great strategies! Report
Love it! Report
Very creative!! Report
I was just telling my friend about this today and he thought it sounded pretty cool. I just started the challenge myself 12/30/11 and I've already logged 88 miles. I track my mileage on my pedometer and I've started going to the gym after work and getting in even more miles there. I want to complete the journey by the end of the year, so I need to do 5 miles a day. If I wanted to shoot for the release of Breaking Dawn 2, I'd need to push myself to do just under 6 miles. When you break it down, it's not that much!

The great thing about these virtual journey challenges, too, is that you can start them at any time because everyone is going to have different mileage anyways. I hadn't thought of blogging about locations on the way, though. I think I'm going to try that! Report
WOW, the girl in the Red Top in the photo sure is cute. She certainly is in shape. Report
Excellent blog! It's hard to believe you've traveled so far!! Report
I still have a very old boring treadmill, hard to replace at my age since it still operates. I watch my favourite videos in the winter. Too much ice but it works for me. I love doing the Spark videos with coach Nicole the seated ones are best I can follow them easier. Report
Well I am starting today, I don't think I can count all the times ive started and this point I only know I'm not giving up just yet and hope inever do! Been incorporating fresher juiced produce into my days. Over this past week, and I see I need to workout if I want to get weight off.. so here I go
I too am on a "Virtual Walk". It makes all those miles on the treadmill much more interesting!!
Enjoy your journey! Report
Another awesome blog with a GREAT idea to keep your fitness fun! How fun would it be to set out on a journey, AND add some research about the area you would be running/walking/biking through if you were really there!

Thanks Mich for sharing your Journey with us! You inspire thousands, including ME!
There's a fun virtual walk I've done that basically follows the Iditarod Trail where the famous dog race happens. It costs $10 but there's always lots of fun news and pics on the website, including a webcam in Nome. If you're interested, check it out by Googling Idita-Walk 2012. No I'm not in Alaska! Report
Excellent! Challenges like this do make it more fun. Report
I "just like" fitness but I've always called myself "cyclic." I change things out pretty often. My new thing is kettlebells :) Report
That's a fun idea. I log 15-20 miles per week on the roads, but it'd be interesting to see how far that adds up to over time. Great work -- keep it up! Report
You re on such an awesome journey. You are an inspiration to all of us. Keep doing what you are doing. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Report
You re on such an awesome journey. You are an inspiration to all of us. Keep doing what you are doing. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Report
Wow I want to join this challenge! Is it too late? Report
What a great way to make the adventure more fun! I just keep switching the videos to make every day a little different and we walk places around town checking out houses along the way...not as much fun as yours but still interesting. Report