2014 Lunar New Year Challenge

Each New Year do you make resolutions and find by February that your resolve is waning?

Know what I like about the fact my family celebrates Chinese New Year? A second chance! That's a chance to:

  • Set some goals for the coming year (if I've been a bit a little lax in doing so),
  • Review and revise the goals I set at the start of the year,
  • Reinforce the habits I've been developing in January, or
  • All of the above

Traditionally, the Chinese believe that the way you act on New Year's Day sets the tone for the year ahead. So, join me in this challenge and let's get the Lunar New Year off to a good start!

The Challenge

The challenge runs from 31 January to 1 March inclusive. That's the 1st day of the 1st lunar month to the 1st day of the 2nd lunar month. (I miscalculated when converting the lunar month so we're doing 1 month and 1 day - look at that 1 day as a bonus!)

The challenge comprises three goals:

  • Exercise your body for at least 30 minutes a day
  • Quieten your mind for 15 minutes a day
  • Practise gratitude and find the one thing each day for which you are truly grateful

The goals focus on our bodies, minds and spirits through the physical, mental and emotional levels of our being.

What to do

  • Body
    • Aim to exercise on average for 30 minutes per day, at least 3½ hours per week.
      ‘Exercise’ does not mean yoga; it can be whatever you love doing—running, walking the dog, a class—just get your body moving.
    • A lot of us are time poor so if you miss a session, catch up in a later session. The aim is for an average of 30 minutes per day.
  • Mind
    • Spend at least 15 minutes a day in reflection, relaxation or meditation.
      These sessions might be guided relaxations/meditations, unguided or classes.
    • Choose to do one 15 minutes session or shorter sessions of at least 5 minutes.

    Note: As with the ‘Shavasana in September’ challenge minutes lying in bed before getting up or going to sleep do not count!

  • Spirit
    • At the end of each day, reflect on what has happened in your day and find the one thing for which you are truly grateful.
    • Write it down. Have it there for those days when everything looks gloomy.

For the social media enthisiasts

  • Social Workout is the application on which I am hosting the challenge.

    If you want some accountability, join the challenge on Social Workout. (You can sign up with your FaceBook ID if you have one.)

    Social Workout lets you record your progress, share your experiences, and see the total progress of all Social Workout challengers!

    Note: The date in Social Workout is based on USA time zones. Depending on what time we log in, those of us living in time zones ahead of the USA can find Social Workout showing a day earlier that the day in our time zone. I find entering my progress at the end of the day ensures that I'm aligned with the US times.

  • FaceBook, Google+

    I have set up public events on both FaceBook and Google+.

    Join these events and share your experience. Please remember that the events are public and that your comments can be viewed by everyone.

  • Other social media
  • Please use the hash tag #LNYC2014.

What if I miss the challenge start date?

It's never too late to join us. Do some ‘catchup’ sessions (Social Workout lets you back date and there's no progress tracking on FaceBook or Google!) or continue on beyond the challenge.

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
—Mother Teresa

Nourish your mind, body and spirit!