Revisiting Exercise Goals

Two years ago when I started this blog I wrote a post about my long-term exercise goals.

I wrote that when I will turn 50, I want to be able to do 20 military push ups in a row, swim like a seal, dance salsa for hours and sleep like a baby every night. Well, I also frothed about being able to hurl club bells above my head – I had seen someone use them and it looked fun, so I wanted to start “hurling” them too. 🙂

Do my exercise goals still stand?

I guess so.

I haven’t lifted a finger to become a better swimmer nor have I learned salsa yet (I own a Salsa dvd but I haven’t practiced for a long time), but at least I’ve improved my cardiovascular fitness and am firmly in the process of increasing my lower and upper-body strength. Sooner or later I’ll be able to do those 20 military push ups in a row.

I’m glad I was wise enough – or likely I was just cautious because I don’t like failing –  to give myself enough time to achieve my goals. It has given me a chance to recover from some unexpected setbacks, like my knee issues and my migraines.

I turned 44 in May, and 6 years should be more than enough time to reach to my exercise goals.

I have to say that what I do with the time I’ve allotted for improving my physical well-being has changed in two years. I used to do more Feldenkrais two years ago than I do now and that’s probably one reason I’ve been suffering from migraine headaches lately.  But as much as I would want to, I can’t increase the total time I use for both Feldenkrais and exercise.

I need to prioritize, and it’s not a happy decision. 🙁

(The curious thing is that physical well-being is an area of my life I’m doing very well with compared to other areas of my life. You know those wheel of life diagrams that are used to assess how balanced your life is and how you’re doing in certain areas of life? My wheel of life is like a train wreck in almost all areas and roles – except physical well-being! )

But that is a topic for another post.


Next week it’s time to start the third phase of the Female Body Breakthrough program. It’s called Dial It In and I’m supposed to start doing those scary finishers at the end of every workout. As if I need to be finished! 🙂


Have you set any long-term exercise goals for yourself? What are they? Why those goals and not something else?


  1. I love your goals. As for the swimming and salsa, I suspect that’s about endurance not technique.

    You know the faux Zumba class I do on a Monday and love, the instructor constantly tells us “It’s your shimmy,” or “It’s your hip shake,” encouraging us not to worry about how we look or if we have it right, but just have fun!

    I don’t know if I have any fitness goals other than running – and that’s more because everyone else does it than because I actually want to! Guess when I’m 50 or 60 I’d like to be able to walk up hills and stairs without struggling and get through a class feeling exhausted, but not on the brink of death!


    • Satu says:

      Hi Deb!

      I need to learn to shimmy! That sounds fun. 🙂

      I sometimes think about running but I suspect my knees would take it. Other people’s goals do have an effect on me too, it’s difficult to ignore ohters’ goal when every other (fitness blogger) seems to run marathons and I feel left out.. 🙂

  2. Aimee says:

    I love that your goals incorporate fun activities like Salsa dancing. I love to dance. When I lived in Mexico many moons ago one of my absolute favorite things to do was go to a salsa club. I spent hours dancing up a storm.

    I do have fitness goals. I plan to climb Kilamanjaro when I’m 50. I would love to qualify for the Boston marathon by age 52. If I don’t then I will run it with a charity group. In the back of my head there is a tiny voice whispering triathlon but I don’t have to time to commit to the training right now so I’ll have to see how life goes for that one. Most importantly my goal is to remain very active and injury free well into my 80s.

    I think you can do whatever you set your mind to Satu.

    • Satu says:

      The Kilimanjaro goal is cool! I didn’t even know you have to qualify for a marathon – I thought you just register yourself somewhere and just go there and run.

      I have pretty similar goals as I’d like to spend my 80’s. I don’t want my life to be limited by being in a poor shape physically.

  3. Marion says:

    Hi Satu! Your comment made me blog. Thanx.

    Some of my fitness goals are probably not achievable or should not be achieved. So I am sensitive to the fact that fantasies take over that, in reality, would injure me! I just focus on trying my hardest at the gym, but also having a good time.

    I love your dancing goals. That would be fun!

    🙂 Marion

  4. Satu says:

    I like to think that the common denominator behind(?) my exercise goals is “fun”. For some reason I’m very drawn to salsa. I don’t like slow dances – when I was in my teens I loved it when we danced polka during some PE classes.

    Fantasies sometimes get over me too. When I was walking a lot last year I saw an ad for a triathlon and started fantasizing about it. I was feeling good physically and thought that it might not be such an impossible idea… but I think I’m more drawn to do fun things like dance salsa for two hours 🙂

  5. As someone who is about to turn 50, this is a fascinating post. I am more fit and in shape now than I was at 40, for sure! If you don’t believe me, look at the “results not typical” page on my blog…there are photos. But at 40, I had no grand goal for what I might be able to do when turning 50. These days I am all about mobility, strength, flexibility, and balance. I don’t want to end up with no muscle mass and weak bones at 70. And so I continue with the movement I love: yoga/stretching, kettlebells, walking, and dancing here and there (I take dance breaks when I know I am going to be sitting for a while…this is something I just started doing based on your post last week!)

    • Satu says:

      Hi Karen!

      No need to convince me, I’ve seen how insanely heavy kettlebells you lift. 🙂 I’m also very thrilled because I can feel I’m getting stronger, thanks to the FBB program.

      Dance breaks are a cool idea. I could have my own salsa breaks! 🙂

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