Creating a Fitness Bucket List


I’m a huge fan of goal setting. I find that setting goals, even if I don’t achieve them, helps give me purpose and direction in all areas of my life. I find this especially true when it comes to fitness. Honestly, fitness is a big struggle for me on a day-to-day basis. I’m not one of those people that “loves” sweating and I’m not sure fitness will ever become habit for me.

To be successful, it requires a lot of intentional active moments and eventually, those little moments add up to something healthy and great. And having larger goals helps keep me on track with those little moments.

Bucket Lists

On my blog last month, I wrote a post about my fitness bucket list—a list of physical activities that I’d like to accomplish before I kicked the proverbial bucket (not that I plan on doing that anytime soon). My list included things like hiking the Grand Canyon from rim-to-rim and doing a set of regular pushups. Sure, focusing on the little feats is a great way to get through day-to-day life, but having these bigger active goals helps give me a bigger purpose when I’m in the gym. Now, whenever I struggle to get through that last set of squats, I can think, “This will help you get up the side of the Grand Canyon!” and suddenly I have a burst of energy.

My List

  1. Do the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk. I’m walking in the Avon Breast Cancer 2-Day this summer, but I’d love to eventually do the 60 mile, Komen walk, too.
  2. Hike the Grand Canyon from rim-to-rim. I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon, but I can think of no better way to see it than to spend 4-5 days hiking it.
  3. Try surfing. I live in a decidedly landlocked state, but on vacation sometime, I’d love to try surfing. I know it requires a lot of core strength, so picturing myself standing strong on a surfboard really helps me get through my ab workouts.
  4. Do a set of 10 regular pushups. I know some of you are laughing at this goal, but for me, it seems almost impossible! I’ve been working for two years just to be able to do a set of 10 modified pushups. Someday, the regular push-up will be mine!
  5. Hike the Knobstone Trail. The KT is a nearly-60 mile strenuous trail that runs through Southern Indiana. I’ve hiked parts of it, but I’d love to tackle the whole thing, end-to-end.
  6. Complete the President’s Challenge fitness test at an award level. Anyone else moan and groan when it was President’s Challenge time in elementary school? I always did. I never earned an award and could barely accomplish the tasks. Now that I’m a fit adult, I’d love to accomplish the fitness test at an award level. I know the test is for kids, but I need a rematch!

Your Turn

Let’s have some show-and-tell. What’s on your fitness bucket list, if you have one? If you don’t, go make one! And, please, come back and tell us what is on it! Make it your weekend project!

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Cassie Johnston is an award-winning food writer and recipe developer living and working in Southern Indiana. Her work has been feature in national publications such as Gourmet Magazine and The Huffington Post. Cassie’s a big fan of strenuous hikes, cheese, watching sports, Brussels sprouts, and craft beer, and she’ll talk your ear off about her love of local food and seasonal eating. She’s obsessed with social media and loves connecting with new friends!