Bring It: P90X Day 21

P90X is an extreme workout system created by Tony Horton. But even in an extreme workout, you need an occasional break. Today is my day of rest. Tomorrow starts my week of recovery. I have completely finished three full weeks of the P90X. For anybody who has ever done P90X, they know this is a big accomplishment.

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P90X is an extreme workout. If you want to get into the best shape of your life, this might be just what you have been looking for!
P90X is an extreme workout. If you want to get into the best shape of your life, this might be just what you have been looking for! | Source

Bring It

Today was the last day of the hard stuff, even though technically it wasn't really a hard workout. It is the seventh day of the week which means it is my day of rest or stretch. I decided to stretch. After all, might as well keep in the habit.

And I really shouldn't say it is the last day of the hard stuff, it is just the final day before I go into recovery week. This is when things change up. This is where I am going to get stronger. This is what I have been waiting for. After recovery week, I will have graduated from phase one and will be heading into phase two.

I am pretty glad today was an "easy" day, since on a personal level, it was a busy day. We had lots of errands to run and lots of shopping for household goods. I even got a good workout using my brand new vacuum cleaner. (Hey - I am a mom! It is funny the things we get excited about!)

Because it was a busy day, I didn't get my workout in during the morning hours. However, I still did get it in. Doing the stretch at night isn't so bad. It actually calms you and relaxes you. So right now, I am feeling pretty good.

How about you...

When you stretch, do you

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Leaving your comfort zone

When people think stretching they automatically think easy; they automatically think they really aren't doing anything. This in turn means you will not get anything out of the workout. Yet, this is the most important time to leave your comfort zone and get the maximum stretch.

When you leave your comfort zone, you are pushing yourself to stretch just a little further. You will feel a pull. It might even be a little uncomfortable. While you don't want to overdo it, you still want to reach a little further each and everytime.

The key to stretching is the breathing. You take a deep breath in and when you exhale your muscles will release.

Just imagine...

If you were worked on your flexibility, imagine all the things you could do!
If you were worked on your flexibility, imagine all the things you could do! | Source
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Stretching Illustrated
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Stretching Illustrated

If you know nothing about stretching, this illustrated book will get you started.

 
YogaAccessories 1/4'' Extra Thick High Density Yoga Mat (Phthalate Free) - Dark Blue
YogaAccessories 1/4'' Extra Thick High Density Yoga Mat (Phthalate Free) - Dark Blue

Make sure you have a yoga mat to do all of your stretching on.

 
Full-Body Flexibility - 2nd Edition
Full-Body Flexibility - 2nd Edition

Get ready to be completely flexibile.

 

Benefits of stretching

Stretching is a great way to lengthen your muscles. As we get older, the muslces get tighter and shorter. This can make it difficult to do tasks that used to be so easy.

Stretching should be included in your daily routine. If you are working out already, you most likely already do stretches before and after. If not, you can add stretches even if you don't workout.

Stretching will:

  • Reduce muscle tension
  • Improve posture
  • Increase movement in joints
  • Stress relief and relaxation
  • Increase blood circulation
  • Give you energy
  • Decrease risk of injury
  • Allow you peace and quiet as you focus on breathing

So, as you can see, stretching has great benefits. It is probably one of the reasons why, without even knowing it, we stretch as we get up for the morning. We even stretch when we are tired. Our body does it naturally. Now it is your turn to take it one step further.

Happy Stretching!

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tammyfrost 5 years ago from Oregon

I have heard of this before and glad to read your additional information. Thanks.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Tammy - So far it is a pretty good program. I can see the results but I can honestly say the weight hasn't been dropping off on the scale. Then again - I am still early into the program. Keep following and I will let you know how it goes! :)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

BBG - ok I've read this twice now:) lol. I couldn't help it and peeked last night right after you published:-).

Stretching is so ultra important. Even I can do that pretty good! Lol.

Keep pushing on girl!


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

Stretching is very important! Not only is it good for all the reasons you listed, but it also keeps you young longer. People who have a good stretching routine as they get older feel better every day and are less likely to have accidents like falling or slipping because they are more limber. Plus it is always fun to show off when the topic of stretching comes up... I should get back into stretching!! I almost can no longer do the splits and I have awed so many people by showing off :-) I also enjoy stretching because I find I have less headaches when I stretch. It is an amazing technique to have a better life. If you like meditating adding a little bit of stretching in with it can impact you for the better. Another great hub and I'm looking forward to reading todays :-)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - Thanks for peaking and then coming back to actually read - it boosted my score! LOL... feel free to open any of my articles and leave them open while you run to the bathroom or something! LOL

Stretching is super good for you. I have to admit... I sometimes slack. If I am running short on time I will skip the stretch sometimes and run out. When I do that, I usually feel it later. Thankfully I was much younger than so it wasn't as bad. I can't imagine missing it now!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - I knew stretching kept you younger longer - but I think the reason is because of all those reasons listed. But I wasn't sure so I didn't include it. I knew it - just couldn't explain why... lol

I can understand the headaches going away. It relieves all the tension in the neck. It also takes away the stress. Man - I could go for a good stretch... oh wait - I did Yoga today! So I am good. Might have to stretch later. I lost something important and I feel the stress building!


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

Oh no! Don't let the stress build! I feel the stress building as well... work starting and doing school and now it is going into the holiday season and cassie's wedding around the corner. Too much money going to be spent in the next four months and I am NOT looking forward to it! Although the wedding will be a blast! lol. Maybe I should do my stretching... but I do not have time right now cuz I gotta go to work. :-)


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susan54 5 years ago

Barbergirl28, I make sure I go to my chiropractor a least once a week. I am 54 after all. Glad your still working out me too.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - well, the situation causing the stress has been resolved, but let me tell you, I kind of over did it today. I think I might have to do yoga again! LOL

Have fun at work! Stretch on your break.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Susan - I have a love/hate relationship with chiropractors. I had to go to a chiropractor after I had my first child because they turned my tailbone out. Everytime I did a situp, the bone would hit off the ground. The way he fixed it, was very uncomfortable and kind of embarrasing. I won't go into details. :) But when they take care of my bakc and shoulders and neck... pure bliss! I should go back to the chiropractor again. Not to mention the massage they give us!

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