A Journey to the Land of Extreme Wellness

January 11 - February 12

Now is a time of serious chronological potential. It's also a time of short days and overheated TV rooms. Must seize the first and avoid the second! We've found that if you want to live a healthier life, i.e. eat more kale, exercise more often, or get more sleep, it helps to actually tell someone that you want all that, and then to be held accountable, daily, for doing something about it.

That's where we come in, and this challenge, which is our very first of the new decade, and created in collaboration with the excellent people of Whole Foods Markets and Crunch Fitness. If you commit to the challenge, and track your progress online, we'll bring the Internets into your corner: Friends and complete strangers willing to cheer you on, and/or to answer your questions. To prod you, and to commiserate. Really, it's sort of cool the way it works....

As in past challenges, the New Year's Edition combines an exercise component with a collection of feats of general healthy living. Most of these are food related, but some have more to do with living green. Several are time tested classics, and others are brand new and experimental. Taken together, however, we can more or less guarantee they'll be effective. Curious? Join us!


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.


Sign up for the challenge. This means you're committing to getting exercise on at least 20 days over the 33 days of the challenge, AND to completing 10 of the brilliants feats listed at right. Yes you can!


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.


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


What constitutes a workout? And who will see your posts? And can I count 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 New Years Edition Challenge

To complete the New Year's Edition, you must achieve 10 of the following 20 feats. Some can be done in a day, others will take the whole month. Click through on an individual feat to get the deets, or click on the Your Feats Status link below to track your progress.

Detox & Refuel

Jan Plan Plus
Whole Grainy
Swap Meat
Home Food
Go Fish

Sweat & Sleep

Sun Salute
Stand Up
One Thousands
Home Workout
Step It Up
Take A Bath
Sleep Log
Sleep Discipline
Pimp Your Bed

Be Brave & Go Green

Worm & Fuzzy
Share the Love
Energy Sabbatical
Plant Friendly
D.I.Y. Feat


To keep you focused on the finish line...an amazing line up of healthy living bling from our even more amazing friends and sponsors. Check it: Shopping dollars at Whole Foods Market, a free one year membership at Crunch, a month's supply of the ridiculously nutritious and delicious siggi's, a year's supply of Vita Coco to hydrate you for all of 2010, apparel goodies from Jack Rabbit Sports, an uber-chic gift pail filled with all-natural, always delicious Protein Bakery cookies and brownies, a yoga makeover from Omala, EcoSmart Yoga Mats from Natural Fitness, pilates private at Mongoose Bodyworks, acupuncture sessions from Gotham Wellness, Beautiful Body Gift Set from Shē Essential Beauty, a*% kicking sessions at Brooklyn Bridge Bootcamp, class series at Ride the Zone and The Outlast Not Too Hot Not Too Cold® Sleep System for our finest bed pimper... And from our new friends in Chicago...massages from the Sauganash Wellness Center, a month membership to Cardinal Fitness, three month membership to L.A. Boxing, sunglasses from Sauganash Family Optical, $500 off Lasik eye surgery from the St. George Corrective Vision Center, a three month program with Registered Dietician Jamie K. Thompson, nutrition counseling from Registered Dietitian, Vicki Shanta Retelny, a healthy eating cooking class with Stephanie Bellus Frey from Convergence Cuisine and a hour private cooking lesson with Rene Rich from Learn Cook Eat.

Note from our Partners

All challenge participants receive 25% off any purchase of $50 or more at Natural Fitness with promo code: SocialWorkout25

Latest Challenge Posts


Equinox in My Socks

The beauty of the Jan. Plan is (was) that you could go to happy hour, and then still hit the gym at 8:45PM. Amazing! That's what I did (last) Thursday. I had forgotten my sneakers, so I did the elliptical in socks for 20-plus minutes, some of which involved watching The Office (subtitled). Getting off, I thought (again) that watching TV really compromises a workout.

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Workout Date: 
Thu, 02/11/2010 (All day)

sassletics82 said "

knock em socks off! wowzers. i think i did stair mill in snow boots ..." More comments...


Hot Yoga and Thinking About the Love Challenge Feats

So I took an hour long Hot Vinyasa (I think it was Vinyasa anyway; I still kind of suck at telling the differences between yoga styles) Yoga class tonight after work.  It was kind of a mixed bag.

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Workout Date: 
Fri, 02/12/2010 (All day)

sandyliz said "

yep, vinyasa.  i don't find it important to know many ..." More comments...


Midnight Yoga.

to cloes it out. live music. 2 hours of yoga. head stands and all.

Workout Date: 
Fri, 02/12/2010 (All day)



Back in Snowmaggedon territory. There is SO MUCH SNOW! Piled as tall as I am. No wonder the whole city has been shut down for the week. Needed one last workout so I made it snow related. Shoveling, making snowballs, snowmen and snow angels until my clothes were drenched and I could no longer feel my toes.

Good times.

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Workout Date: 
Fri, 02/12/2010 (All day)

spindig said "

I am so jealous!

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Eleventh Hour DIY Finish

I know I'm finishing this feat by the skin of my teeth, but here it is -- I actually finished cooking about an hour ago, but taking pictures and blogging it has taken me a bit longer! 

My final new-to-me recipes:


spindig said "

Once again, I'm salivating over your food pix! So impressed that ..." More comments...


FInished onteh Run. . . .

5 Sun Salutations

22,902 steps recorded

23 flights of stairs

5 mile run

Workout Date: 
Fri, 02/12/2010 (All day)


a day of unexpecteds

Finished off the last three feats tonight & a final workout. Workout did not go as expected. @ lunch was psyched to get back to anti-gravity yoga wings & schlepped dwntwn through rain to make it, but then the class was full. Sad.

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you can make it, little guy
Workout Date: 
Fri, 02/12/2010 (All day)


Last workout of the challenge




Workout Date: 
Fri, 02/12/2010 (All day)


extra credit

Got in one final workout for the New Year's Challenge, just for good measure:  another shot of Week 3 running training w/ Robert Ullrey's Couch to 5k.  Also snuck in another bath (I've taken more baths in the last month than I think I took all of last

Where (gym, studio, etc.): : 
Workout Date: 
Fri, 02/12/2010 (All day)

Survived the New Year's Challenge and feel much stronger

45 workouts for the year

11 workouts for the month

I've increased the cardio part of my workout to include the cardio kickboxing DVD. I feel stronger.

Last night was the first time I used a HRM with my workout and found that I needed to be very diligent in staying inside the acceptable range. I was all over the range.


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