Between the polar vortex, a long visit with my mom as she recovered from a hip fracture, and the start of school, January passed by in a snowy haze. Since I wasn’t too focused on the start of the new year, I decided to have a “do over” and consider Chinese New Year as my fresh start. Kung Hei Fat Choy, everyone—Happy New Year!
Part of the tradition of the Chinese New Year is to give the house a thorough cleaning…a sweeping away of any misfortune or bad luck from the past year to make way for the incoming good luck and fortune that will surely arrive during the new year. While I can’t say I gave the whole house a thorough cleaning, I did sweep and tidy up the front porch and landing, so I’m hoping for at least a little good fortune!
Along with new years come new resolutions. Did you make any this year, and have you kept them? If so, way to go—double down on them and keep it going! If not, then now’s the time. They can be your Chinese New Year Resolutions…and no, I don’t mean resolve to eat more Cantonese and Shichuan food!
In essence, a resolution is just a big word for goal. Goals should be attainable with a reasonable amount of work and discipline, and they should be measurable. My main resolution involves a little gadget I gave myself for Christmas–a personal fitness tracker called the Jawbone Up. It tracks steps, food intake and sleep patterns. There are other trackers such as the FitBit and the Nike+ that are very similar. I am aiming for at least 10,000 steps a day, and what I have found is that it definitely takes some planning and discipline to reach that goal. Here’s what I’ve learned:
- Parking the car in the spot farthest from where you are headed really does make a difference in terms of getting those steps in
- On days when I don’t do a workout I better get myself out there walking for at least 30-45 minutes if I’m going to meet my goal
- Teaming up with a buddy is a good way to keep motivated–my device allows me to see my teammate’s activity and vice-versa so we push each other along
- I plan to do laundry on a day when I don’t work out–doing 4 or 5 loads of laundry and going up and down stairs really adds up
- Chester the wonder dog is the beneficiary of my new goal–at the end of the day if I don’t have enough steps we head out for a walk
- I programmed my tracker to vibrate if I have been sedentary for 30 minutes–that prompts me to get up and get moving for a bit
Using the tracker has definitely motivated me to move more, but even an inexpensive pedometer would do the trick. If you haven’t tried it before, you definitely should–just track your steps for a few days to see what you average, then start ramping up. MySisterSaid we’ll be stepping our way into 2015 a little more fit and healthy!