Many of us have a list of workouts or exercises we told ourselves we will do. Have any of you actually wrote down a list though and completed each item? It’s a New Year, so there’s no excuses anymore. Here are 5 ideas for your fitness bucket list to add and cross off upon accomplishment!
Walk 10,000 Steps In One Day
Smartwatches and fitness trackers are great because you can set a daily step goal. How many of you are actually reaching it though? You’ve heard the benefits of walking 10,000 steps a day, so make an effort to hit that goal this year. You’ll see how feasible it actually is, while maintaining a healthy habit in doing so.
Hike Your State’s Highest Peak
We know that walking is great for your cardio fitness levels. However if you’re looking to burn more calories, hiking may be the way to go. With so many new adventures and places to explore this year, aim to put one big hike on your calendar in the mix of smaller hiking trails. There’s no better way to get both relaxation and exercising in then with a good ‘ole hiking trip!
Nail a Pull Up or Push Up
The idea of mastering your first pull up or push up can be daunting. Many of us flashback to our P.E. classes in middle school. Nonetheless, with proper coaching, both can be easily mastered. There are many different ways this year to build up your arm strength and get your first rep in. Consider doing exercises such as cable pull-downs on a machine, band-assisted pull-ups, holding yourself up for 30 seconds, just 10 perfect push ups, or simply holding a plank for 60 seconds.
Run Your First 5K, Half Marathon, or Marathon
Having set goals with end dates can help you stay motivated, especially when you’re mapping out your fitness bucket list for the year. You can help yourself stay on track by signing up for a planned event, such as a 5K, half marathon, or marathon. Especially if you’ve never done one before, there’s no better time to try it than now! Just make sure to take it slow and bump up the mileage gradually as you’re training before adding in some speed leading up to the race.
Squat Your Body Weight
Squats are great exercises to work out your entire body - make sure they are a part of your workout routine. Better yet, make it an end goal to squat your entire body weight. You can add different variations in the mix such as jump squats, sumo squats, and using a dumbbell press. Anything that keeps your workout routine entertaining and checks off items on your fitness bucket list!