Bring It: P90X Day 32

P90X is an extreme workout. Not only does it work on strength and building muscle, but it also works on your flexibility and balance. This program is all put together by Tony Horton to give you maximum results in 90 days. This is my personal journey and I am here to prove it. Either prove it wrong or prove it right.

The concept behind the entire P90X system is muscle confusion. When you switch things up, your body will continue to grow and never hit a plateau. This is ideal, because anyone who has ever tried to lose weight will know how devestating a plateau can be to the success of the program. However, whether or not I hit a plateau or continue to prosper, I am going to continue on this journey for 90 days. Not only do I want to test this system to see if it works, but I want you - my readers - to see whether or not this is a program worth the bucks.

If you would like to start from the beginning of this series, please click here. If you want to read about my previous day with P90X, click here, where you will see the results from the first 30 days of the program.

Throughout the program, I will give you updates on my day-to-day workouts, but I will also throw in the occasional funny story, health tip or some other kind of nonsense to keep this fun and upbeat. Feel free to leave your comments and stories below. We want to hear what works, and what doesn't work for you. I look forward to hearing from you.

P90X is an extreme workout program. Not only will it help you build muscles, but it will keep you flexible and limber as well.
P90X is an extreme workout program. Not only will it help you build muscles, but it will keep you flexible and limber as well. | Source
When doing "Ohms" it is essential to clear your mind, close your eyes and really focus.
When doing "Ohms" it is essential to clear your mind, close your eyes and really focus. | Source

Bring It

Today was a good day for Yoga. Mostly, I find after I have introduced some new workout (or have gone crazy and did too much!) I look forward to my yoga days so I can get stretched out and feel much better for the following days. Today, I needed this workout and I was psyched to get my mat out and do some good hard-core stretching and breathing.

If this is the first time you are reading anything in this series, I want to warn you this YogaX is far from easy. Describing it as a good stretch with some breathing doesn't even come close to the pain you will feel and the sweat that will be dripping down your face. So, you have been warned.

Even though I was looking forward to this workout, today was not a good yoga day. It might have been if you were looking for a good laugh and standing in the background watching. Today I had no balance. I feel out of almost all the poses. I even did a backwards sommersault attempting the plough pose. I ran into the wall a couple times trying to catch my balance. The only thing successful about today, was in all my balance problems, I successfully did not fall through the TV. And, when my son woke up, he joined me for some nice calming "Ohm" chants! (For those of you not familiar with yoga, this is not a religious thing or a cult thing, this is a way to massage your vocal chords!) Granted, I had a hard time getting through my "Ohms" because I was too busy laughing at his "Ohms." So, be warned. Do "Ohms" in absolute privacy. You will concentrate better.

If you notice your ears are feeling clogged, that might be why you are more clumsy then normal.
If you notice your ears are feeling clogged, that might be why you are more clumsy then normal. | Source

Balancing blues

So I started thinking. A very dangerous thing to do. But that is one of the side effects of yoga. It clears your mind and then you think. And I started to think until I thunk I had thinked enough. Then it hit me. There are several possible reasons my balance could be off, and it has nothing to do with a lack of being able to do yoga. In fact, I am actually pretty flexible and for the most part, my balance is better than most. (Sorry, I should try not to brag!)

The last couple days when I wake up, I have noticed I am starting to get a head cold. It is probably due to the changes in the temperature, and I seem to be very susceptible to these head colds. I usually just ignore them and hope they go away. The problem with these head colds is I have very sensitive ears, and they are usually the most noticeably irritating side effect. When I woke up this morning, my ears were sore and a little clogged. Well, we all know what happens when you get an earache - your balance is effected. So, today, my funny to watch workout, will be blamed on my ears!

What about you....

What usually is the cause for your balance problems?

  • Ear Problems
  • Exhaustion
  • Anemia
  • Body Changes
  • I don't have balance problems
  • Sorry, I can't answer - I just fell over!
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When you consistently burn the candle at both ends, you will become exhausted. You might not initially notice the difference, but in the long run, it might start effecting your balance!
When you consistently burn the candle at both ends, you will become exhausted. You might not initially notice the difference, but in the long run, it might start effecting your balance! | Source
I have plenty of steps to navigate on a regular basis. After this mornings workout routine, I am surprised I made it downstairs alive!
I have plenty of steps to navigate on a regular basis. After this mornings workout routine, I am surprised I made it downstairs alive! | Source

What is messing with your balance?

So, I wanted to find out what is it that could be messing with my balance and after some quick brainstorming, I realized that I am suffering from every single point. That being said, it is a miracle I even made it through this workout alive!

  1. Ear problems - The most common factor in messing with balance is ear problems. Personally, I suffer from a lot of inner ear problems and if I get sick, the first thing that happens is my ears start getting clogged. If you go through elevation changes, your ears will also be affected. So, if your ears are bothering you and you find yourself tripping over your feet, it might be time to see a doctor to check out those ears.
  2. Exhaustion - A lack of sleep can effect your reactions on just about anything you do. If anything is keeping you from a good night's sleep, chances are good your reaction time will be effected, and - surprise, surprise - so will your balance. This isn't really anything odd. After all, when you are tired, your body gives the energy to what is most important - like keeping your heart beating, your lungs breathing and digesting your food. Your brain is also highly effected with a lack of sleep, so it is no wonder you are falling down. For me, I went to bed really late and I have been burning the candle at both ends. I get up early and I run around until all hours of the night. Sure, I am exhausted. I thought I was used to it, but who really gets used to falling over. I guess it finally caught up!
  3. Anemia - Upon my research I found anemia might also cause balance problems and so I did some searching. Through reading several different sites, I believe this can be possible but there has been no concrete evidence of the two being connected. Therefore, I am going to make a hypothesis that anemia could cause balance issues because a symptom of anemia is feeling weak. This can go hand in hand. If you are feeling tired and weak, your balance will be effected. It really goes hand in hand with the second reason. I have been told I suffer from anemia, more specifically iron-deficiancey anemia. It just shows it might be affecting my balance. Especially if I am already feeling tired.
  4. Body changes - When a young child or teenager starts tripping over their own feet, the common thing to say is they must have undergone a growth spurt. When your body changes, you need to readjust how we move and balance. For the most part, we need to readjust to our skin once again. As an adult, we have grown comfortable in our bodies. Yet, if we are on a mission to lose weight or gain muscle, this too will through off our body composition. This will force us to have to re-evaluate how we hold ourselves. If a person undergoes massive changes, coupled with some of the other reasons, his or her balance might temporarily be effected. After my 30 day review, it is obvious my body is undergoing changes.

After today's workout, I guess I am not really responsible for putting my stretched out hand through the wall or banging my knee into the chair. With all the changes that have been happening inside me, I am only surprised this is the first time I have noticed my balance being a little on the shakey side. And I can happily say, this morning I made it down the stairs without any incidence. I guess it is time to get used to my skin (or see a doctor) so I can get my balance back in shape!

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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

barbergirl...

I have had my lack O balance suspicions for quite some time. The issue tends to only come up when I stand up...sitting down is not a problem..and I like sitting.

(snaps open a dew...politely offers the first non-back-washed-spit swallow)

Based on the ordeal you went through to read my last story though...sitting doesn't appear to be working all that well for you either...?

I like doing my 'Ohms' on public buses and at public urinals. I find the practice affords me extra elbow room.

(notes milk dried on her computer screen...)

Have a wonderful day, dear.

Thomas


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

Very thoughtful hub! Interesting information as well... I do not usually have balance issues but every once in a great while I will notice I have a harder time standing on one foot or something. Usually I keep pretty still while doing anything balance related though and I have the wii to testify to that! lol. I hope you don't get too bad of a cold! I would hate for all of your hard work to be disrupted by a cold! Plus I don't like when you get sick :-) Anyways... another great hub and another great day! Time is going by so fast I can't wait to see what the next 28 days hold for you!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Thomas - I am greatful for the nonbackwashed drink of dew... maybe that will be the cure to my balance problems. But be careful, if I am getting a cold you probably don't want to drink after me... so you might as well give me the whole thing anyway!

For some reason - it doesn't suprise me that you practice your Ohms in... er... public places. Have you ever heard of Owling... you should do that with your Ohms. You will get more elbow room then you have ever wanted! ;)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - I have been battling this cold on and off for the last few weeks. Unfortunately, I am never good with drastic temperature changes and when it gets down to about 60 at night and 100 in the day - well, let's just say my body doesn't like that too much. I just hope it doesn't get to bad to interfer with all my hard work. Maybe it will just help me lose my appetite. I have been soooo hungry lately!

Usually I don't have too much of a problem with balance either, but I have noticed if I am really tired, I have a hard time staying in good form (or just staying in form at all) I caught this one time when I did Yoga X in the morning and then in the afternoon I was showing a few poses to a friend. I was much stronger after I had a break and could easily balance. I got.... distracted last night with extreme couponing on TV.... needless to say, I was going off about 5 hours of sleep. I literally roll out of bed every morning because I am so tired. I guess it is just a mom thing! LOL You would think I would learn!


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

You may have the entire dew...after all...I stole it from your back porch.

I have heard of Owling...I want to practice it in long johns on a park bench when the tourists are bustling about downtown. I will let you know...

Thomas

PS...my next story has children-friendly characters for your son. Don't let him read it...they are not doing kid friendly things.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

When you are Ohm Owling - I like that... it is almost catchy... can you take a picture. I would love to see it! Make sure you catch the look on their faces as well.

A kid friendly character story with non-kid friendly actions... that is right up my alley. I finally got inspiration (or wacky story plot) for my Life Saving T-shirt hub... I need to have my husband volunteer for pictures. It is going to be hilarious. I will keep you posted when I get it done. Maybe this weekend because my husband will be working so I figure I might need to do something productive!


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susan54 5 years ago

barbergirl28, I started to lose my balance, but yoga has restored it for me. Glad to see your still working out. GO!GO!GO!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

BBG - so the poll - I see 50% of your faithful fans are jokesters! If not then like half of your audience is falling down:) lol

I had double inner ear infections once - funny thing is my ears didn't hurt at all - I suddenly was so dizzy I couldn't stand up! When we did drug studies we would have to do a neuro exam before we let the "subject" leave - they couldn't leave until they could prove their balance was normal. I hated getting some of the older folks cuz you knew you were going to leave 30 minutes late because they couldn't pass the neuro exam before they took drugs:) lol

I think your right about anemia too - I think those people are just weak so gait and balance would be off. I am so trying to call Laurel - she dropped her phone in e toilet so.......it's hit or miss on her BF's phone! Wah:(


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Susan - Yesterday was a really off day for me to do Yoga. I am getting a cold and so my balance is really off. After I did my workout today, I did a body test on the Wii Fit and it also confirmed my balance was all out of wack. I am hoping next week will be much better, so I am going to keep pushing it until then... and I might have to take some Theraflu tonight to kick this cold to the curb! Keep it up girl! And thanks for the constant support!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - I think your the jokestar because I am pretty sure you are the one that fell over! LOL As for the polls, most of the times no one really clicks on them... wah.... they just stop by for some either kick in the pants motivation... or to laugh at how I am torturing myself. ;)

I have really bad ear problems. They were bad as a kid and when I first joined the military my ears got so clogged from my first plane ride that I almost failed the hearing test. Yeah - can you imagine getting kicked out for not being able to hear the drill sergeants yell at you! LOL I still get really bad ear aches all the time. It really sucks. I almost thought about investing in those gadgets to help you hear the TV without turning it up to max. When I am around a lot of background noise... I am totally screwed. I just nod alot. LOL

Hey - my phone went in the toilet a year ago... yeah... I feel her pain! :)


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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

Like you, I've always had inner ear problems. However, I also tend to burn the candle at both ends, something I didn't think could/would affect my balance.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

OMG OMG - now you've don't it! Lightening bolt idea here! you just made me think of a grand hub idea! I have to PM you to explain....lol!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Danette - my ears are bad, but I have never really notice them hurt my balance as much as they did yesterday. I think because it was combined with a touch of burn out that is what made me keep falling over. Remember, rest is just as important as a good workout to keep getting stronger!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - You are just so funny! If I am thinking that I got the right PM from you - I am only slightly confused as to how this made you think of that... Definately going to have to take that hub for a ride though... can you say HI - larious! LMAO


PenMePretty 5 years ago from Franklin

I think my problem is: dizzy blond. :-)

Great hub.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@PenMePretty - ha ha - love it! Thanks for stopping by!

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