When it comes to fitness, it’s a great idea to set goals. They keep you motivated, keep you moving, and give you a sense of accomplishment when you’ve achieved them. But if you’re tired of the same old goals — lose 10 pounds, run a race — you need to start thinking bigger. We’re talking a fitness bucket list. Dare to let yourself dream about all of the fit adventures you’d love to do! You might not get to them anytime soon, but a fitness bucket list is good motivation to stay fit every day so that you don’t give up on your long-term dreams.
Need help thinking big? We’ve got nine bucket list ideas to put on your fitness to-do list — many of them just happen to be on mine!
Kayak A Beautiful Destination 1 of 9
I kayaked Elkhorn Slough in California several years ago, and I highly recommend it. See how close we were able to get to the sea lions? I loved the time kayaking so much that I've got another kayaking adventure on my bucket list. I've always wanted to visit Hawaii, and kayaking there would be an amazing adventure to cross off my list. It's such a fun, active way to take in beautiful scenery and wildlife.
Ride A Wave 2 of 9
While I'm in Hawaii on this future epic vacation, I'll hopefully cross another to-do off the list: Taking a surfing lesson. This will be both mentally and physically demanding. Physically because, well, have you seen what surfers have to do to paddle out, get up on the board, and then ride the wave in? And mentally because there's my whole fear of the ocean. And sharks. Those darned sharks.
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Take a Rock-Climbing Lesson 3 of 9
My gym has a rock-climbing wall, and I just haven't mustered up the courage to take it on yet. I'm not even particularly afraid of heights, it's just that it's a sport that's out of my comfort zone. I vow to get on that wall though, especially after meeting Paige Claassen, a Marmot athlete who is an avid sport climber. Who knows, maybe I'll take it to some real rocks eventually!
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Try A New Sport 4 of 9
Is there a sport out there that inspires you every time you see it in the Olympics? Or just one that looks like so much fun? Maybe it's water-skiing or snow-skiing, maybe it's sailing or badminton. But if you've wanted to play and never have, add it to the bucket list! Likewise, if there's a sport you've tried but have wanted to get good at, enlist a coach to teach you the ropes.
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Take A Whitewater Rafting Trip 5 of 9
Get Dirty 6 of 9
A mud run or obstacle course event is something every able-bodied person should do. It spices up the typical running event by throwing obstacles and mud in your path, and it's simply a blast to act like a kid and get dirty. I did the Merrell Down & Dirty Mud Run last year and had a fabulous time. I will absolutely do another one, hopefully soon!
Run a Marathon 7 of 9
Okay, I confess: Running a marathon isn't on MY bucket list, although watching my brother run in the NYC Marathon (pictured in blue shirt!) was about as inspired as I've ever been to do it. But it is the perfect bucket list item because it's a huge accomplishment for those who do it. Make your marathon goal even more bucket-list worthy by signing up for one in an amazing destination, like Australia, Ireland or another destination you'd likely never get to otherwise. If you're not up for that kind of distance running, apply the same idea to a 5 or 10K!
Successfully Do Double-Dutch Jump Rope 8 of 9
It is a dream of mine to successfully get in and jump double-dutch. I don't think I've ever had two partners with the unlimited patience necessary for me to get in those darn ropes. I would feel so cool (even if it's a tiny bit of a dorky dream!).
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Plan an Adventurous Hike 9 of 9
One place I've visited but never hiked is the Grand Canyon. It is one of the most awe-inspiring places ever, which is why a hike there is on my bucket list. There are any number of hikes worthy of bucket lists, like the Bridge to Nowhere hike in California where you can even bungee jump off a bridge, or Half Dome at Yosemite. Heck, while I'm at it, I'll add hiking on Hawaiian volcanoes to my list for my Hawaiian adventure.