Welcome to the Holidays....

The end of the year should be nothing but good cheer and love. But sometimes it can get a little out of hand. Too many parties, too much food, not enough sleep, and pretty soon you want to kill just about every person in front of you in the gift-wrap line, not to mention your immediate family. Must not take the holidays lying down. A little planning and self-discipline will go a very long way over the next month, and what can be very helpful is to have a merry band of virtual wellness buddies helping you out at bar or buffet or gym.

So, we bring you Social Workout's fifth challenge of 2009, and our first ever actually created by SW users! As always, we combine an exercise component with a brilliant collection of seasonally appropriate feats....

Here's how it works:

STEP I

Join Social Workout, (if you haven't already.) It's absolutely free, entirely safe, and we'll give you a nifty personal page complete with workout tracking capabilities.

STEP II

Sign up for the challenge. This means you're committing to getting exercise on at least 20 days over the holidays, AND to completing 10 of the brilliants feats listed at right. Piece of cake!

STEP III

Track your progress by "blogging" your workouts. (For simple instructions on how to create a "workout post," and examples, see here.) To "achieve" a feat, you simply go to that feat page, and click "Feat Accompli!" Very satisfying. Want to see how you're doing relative to everyone else? Check out the challenge Stats page. (Note: You can also click on the calendar image above, or here, to get your very own 8 1/2 by 11 PDF download of the challenge feats postcard!)

STEP IV

Feel great, look amazing, and win some sweet stocking stuffers along the way!

WHAT ELSE?

What constitutes a workout? And who will see your posts? And can I post more than one workout a day? The answers: 1.) You tell us, and 2.) Everyone, 3.) No, and 4.) Look here for answers to these and other frequently asked questions!

Feats of the Emergency Holiday Challenge

Who Can Play and Other Stuff

  • The Challenge is open to anyone of reasonable age, regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, physical handicap, or geography.
  • Want to sponsor our next challenge? Talk to us!
  • How do we know you're telling the truth? We trust you. Want legalese? Look here.

Latest Challenge Posts

Workout

Military Attack

Marion's riding us into the New Year with force. We climbed for 10 minutes adding resistance eight times--- the eighth time really killed. The first six minutes we kept a strong cadence, like a one, two, one two beat. we climed to "it's gettin hot in here" for the last four minutes and we slowed the cadence down to a one.two.one.two. beat.

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Sat, 01/02/2010 (All day)
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bettyjmaar said "

This is disturbing.

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New Year's Day Swim

In salty, cold Tomales Bay. Naked. Yelling and splashing.

It was very brief, but it was also very cold. In terms of the battle with inertia, I think it was significant. Plus there were sun salutations before and after, and some morning salsa. Altogether, I'll count it. 

 

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Fri, 01/01/2010 (All day)

catpita said "

Ha! Maybe I should have counted my one-minute high-stepping in the ..." More comments...

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Estero Estuary Work on Tomales Bay

Tom and I piled into his car and picked up Yann, and then M. at the Bovine Bakery in Pt. Reyes Station. Next stop the Estero, a long path across rolling, mostly treeless green mini mountains -- a peninsula between Tomales Bay and the Pacific. We walked out chatting, stopping to look at lilttle crater ponds, and also to look at the cows which stood motionless as if in a modernist still life.

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Workout Date: 
Sun, 01/31/2010 (All day)
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spindig said "

Funny, your description reminds me more of More comments...

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Yoga in Berkeley

Arrive at the Clydes in Berkeley and Coley suggest yoga the next morning at her friend's house. Turns out the friend is Erica Tanov, of Nolita clothing boutique fame, and also ApartmentTherapy.com apartment tour fame.

Workout Date: 
Wed, 12/30/2009 (All day)
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Not too bad for my first

the EHC was my first challenge as part of the social workout community. Even though i was close to finishing, I gave it a solid effort.

 

Now onto the next challenge which am determined to finish :-D

jmmartim said "

Wow...that is intense..do you mind if I steal that idea from you?!

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Workout...in front of the family?

During the wintertime I rarely, if ever, workout outside, It's just wayyy too cold for me. So, when I come home for the weekends, I workout in my living room. Well, my whole family is together this weekend, and when I went to go workout this moning, EVERYONE was in the living room.

Workout Date: 
Sat, 01/02/2010 (All day)
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Butwhatifido said "

wow!  you have my salute sister.  I don't think I'd brave ..." More comments...

AG Fitness Resort - The Round Up

It's a wrap.  My ten days in paradise aka AG Fitness Resort are so dunzo.

THE STATS:

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za said "

this is just so awesome.  congratulations!

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AG Fitness Resort - Final Day

So it's the last day of 2009.  The last day in paradise.  The last day of my Fitness Resort AKA parents house in Santa Barbara.  Argh, I'm not ready to stop this fantastic regime of workouts, fresh air, sun, surf and water.

My chicken lays good eggs
Workout Date: 
Thu, 01/28/2010 (All day)
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AG Fitness Resort - Wednesday

This morning I woke up tired.  Really tired.  My mind was ready to go, but my body was sore, fatigued, and my arms were beat from last nights boxing workout.  My quads shook when I tried to sit down.  My calves yelped as I got up on my toes to open up the chicken coop.  So my cure?  Water, and more Yoga.

Josh my boxing trainer
Workout Date: 
Wed, 01/27/2010 (All day)
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ehc recap

i joined the EHC, not because the holidays are a particularly rough time for me, but because i mostly hate winter.  that icy, pricking through your coat, blistering your cheeks cold, the short days, and the dramatic change between radiator heat and outside chill.  haterade to the nth degree.  

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sandyliz said "

I'm on the same page with you in the winter haterade, but I found ..." More comments...



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