When most people think of fitness goals, they think of weight loss, but there are many other fitness goals you could strive for.
Physical fitness is about so much more than just how much you weigh or how you look in a pair of jeans. It’s about your mental and physical health, your energy levels, your strength, your confidence and much, much more. Losing weight is probably the most common fitness goal, but that doesn’t mean that it’s the only possible fitness goal. There are so many incredible fitness goals that you could strive for that have nothing to do with weight loss. Here are a few:
#1. Finish a race.
Even if you’re not a runner, almost nothing compares to the sense of achievement you feel when you finally run (or walk, cycle, swim, etc.) across that finish line. Regardless of whether you’re doing a simple 5K or a full triathlon, you’ll love the confidence and fulfillment you get from finishing. Finishing a race takes a lot of preparation and hard work. Most people aren’t able to get up off the couch and automatically run a 5K. So sign up for your race in advance, and give yourself plenty of time and a solid plan for how to get yourself ready for it.
#2. Find a workout you actually enjoy.
When you plan to go to the gym, do you spend the whole day dreading it and thinking of excuses to get out of it? Would you do just about anything to avoid running around your neighborhood or attending one more weightlifting class? That’s okay! There are so many ways you could work up a sweat and meet your exercise needs, and a truly wonderful fitness goal is to find a workout you really like doing. Be open to new possibilities and try a wide variety of new classes and exercises. Eventually, you’ll find something you like doing.
#3. Master the perfect push-up.
Push-ups are a common exercise that most of us have done since we were kids in gym class, but the fact of the matter is that most of us are doing them wrong, and have been all of our lives. Whether you flare out your elbows, stick your butt in the air or your head touches the ground first when doing push-ups, work to correct those mistakes so that you can get the most out of each and every push-up you do.
#4. Cut out processed foods for a week.
Fitness isn’t just about how far you can run or how many squats you can do; nutrition also plays a vital role. Most of us live off of processed foods most of the time. After all, they’re quick and convenient, and with busy schedules and hectic lives, popping something in the microwave is almost always preferable to preparing a meal. However, most processed foods can’t compare to the nutritional value of whole foods, and they often contain additives and fillers that aren’t so great for you. Try to cut out all processed foods for a whole week. It will take some planning and food preparation, but in the end, you’ll be glad you did it.
#5. Touch your toes.
Can you touch your toes when you bend down? If not, you’re not alone. Over half of all Americans say that they cannot touch their toes, and that’s a more serious problem than many people realize. Flexibility is important in many ways, and it can even help you to avoid injuries during your workouts. One study conducted by the University of North Texas found that people over the age of 40 who were inflexible and unable to touch their toes also tended to have inflexible arteries in their hearts, which means that their hearts weren’t as efficient as they could be. Flexibility is often overlooked, but it plays a key role in your overall health, so make a plan to start improving your flexibility, and one day, you will be able to touch your toes.
Weight loss is a common fitness goal, but it is by no means the only fitness goal you should strive for. In our next blog, we’ll be going over five more fitness goals that have nothing to do with weight loss, so stay tuned. In the meantime, download our free fitness accountability app today. Goal Plus allows you to set your own custom fitness goals, and it has everything you need to reach them.