Bring It: P90X Day 44

P90X is a hardcore, back to basics workout promising to get you results. Results you have never seen before. These results will be so defined, you will walk away from this program in the best shape of your life. Then again, this program might become addictive and you might never walk away again. P90X was created by Tony Horton, who used the concept of muscle confusion to really get that chiseled effect in a relatively short amount of time. I have been on this journey for the past 44 days, and by the time I reach 90 I am hoping to show you how drastic of a transformation I have undergone. Not only has this transformation been physical, but I have also broken mental barriers as well.

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.

Please leave your comments below. Not only does it motivate me, but it has also motivated others who have come across this series as well. Hopefully today we can work together to achieve something really powerful; a world full of healthy people.

P90X is an extreme workout with a huge following. It has promised to give results. What will you do to get those results?
P90X is an extreme workout with a huge following. It has promised to give results. What will you do to get those results? | Source

Bring It

Today, once again, was Plyometrics. According to Tony Horton, this is the X in P90X. That only bothered me at first. Even though we are equipped with the ability to jump and run, once we grow up, the ability may still be there, it is just a little bit more difficult to convince ourselves to actually do it.

To top it off, I apparently like to torture myself. Plyometrics is hard enough, but for some reason I have found the nights before my workout, particularly Plyometrics, have been late. This morning I finally crawled into bed at 1 a.m. and then I was up before 6. The temptation to crawl back into bed this morning was very strong.

However, we know the motto... just push play. So that is what I did. And obvioulsy I survived otherwise you wouldn't be reading this right now.

So, what is the key to keeping at your workouts. It is simple - find them fun.

Wanna Have Fun

Just have fun with it

What is one of the biggest reasons people stop exercising? My guess would be because they got bored. I know, because I have used that excuse far too many times in the past. However, from all those times I quit, I have learned something.

Working out is about perspective! If you dread it day in and day out, you are going to grow to hate doing it on a regular basis. That will eventually lead to failure. Failure will lead to guilt and guilt will cause you to start over again. If you don't change your perspective and start to like what you are doing, you will start the vicious cycle all over again. This is not the rollercoaster ride you are going to want to be on.

Now I am not suggesting that you get all crazy and jump into P90X like I did. Just thinking it is fun is not going to make you enjoy this workout. Afterall, this workout is not for everybody. However, getting moving is the first step. Choosing something you like to move at is the next step. Having fun is the final step and what will keep you going day after day!

Fighting stance...

And the competition begins. They are involved in a highly physical game of table tennis. And people thought video games were bad for you. Not only are they having fun, but they are getting a good workout in as well. Check out those squats!
And the competition begins. They are involved in a highly physical game of table tennis. And people thought video games were bad for you. Not only are they having fun, but they are getting a good workout in as well. Check out those squats! | Source

Get the goods!

Wii with Wii Sports Resort - White
Wii with Wii Sports Resort - White

Play video games - play sports. The best of both worlds in this package!

 
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Apple MC297LL/A iPod Classic MP3/MP4 Player 160GB Black (7th Generation) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Whether you are walking or running, don't forget your customized tune list. This will help you relax and enjoy your workout so much more!

 
Bellydance Fitness for Beginners - Arms, Abs, Hips, Buns & Thighs
Bellydance Fitness for Beginners - Arms, Abs, Hips, Buns & Thighs

Learn how to Bellydance and have fun while you get fit. This workout helps trim the waistline and will boost your confidence. If you are looking for something new - this might be for you!

 
Just Dance - Nintendo Wii
Just Dance - Nintendo Wii

Get the family moving. There are a variety of different Just Dance video games. This is the first of the series but they are all fun.

 

Workout - Have Fun

There are several different ways to workout and still have fun. Here are just a few suggestions.

  • Play the Wii - The Wii is a great video game to get you moving. Nintendo is ithe first that allowed you to play video games while being active. (Remeber the powermat on the original Nintendo?) Since the craze hit, Playstation and the Xbox have also created similiar platforms. However the concept is still the same - play and move. A great game to try is the Just Dance series. I guarantee you will work up a sweat!
  • Sports - Who doesn't like losing themselves in a good game of basketball, or running the bases after hitting a homerun. Or better yet, scoring that touchdown that won the game. There is just something about playing a sport that will make you forget about the time you actually spent exercising.
  • Swim - This is a great form of exercise. Not only is it relaxing but it is easy on the joints as well. This might be difficult for some because not everybody knows how to swim. However, playing in the water can have just as many benefits. Every hear of Water Aerobics?
  • Run - Some people find running fun. I am still working on convincing myself of that. However, I do find it can mentally clearing. It can free you from life's greatest pains. All you need is some tunes playing and the great outdoors. This is also a great calorie burner and probably one of the best ways to lose weight.
  • Walk with a friend - Who doesn't like chatting with a friend. Well if you do it while you are walking, not only will it be fun, but you will both benefit. If you have ever gotten lost in a conversation, you know how easily you can lose track of time. Can you imagine looking up and realizing you have already walked five miles?
  • Workout videos - With a variety of workout videos, there has to be at least one for everybody - from Bellydancing to Pilates to Kickboxing to Sweating to The Oldies. There are a million to choose from and the best part is, if you don't like it, toss it to the side and try something else.

Obvioulsy this list isn't all inclusive. The types of fun workouts all depend on your perspective. I like to occasionally play a good game of raquetball with my husband. Not only is there some friendly banter, but a lot of calories burned. I also enjoy taking a family bike ride. When my kids get older, my goal is to get them into hiking. Enjoying the great outdoors is a great way to get in a good workout and have fun while breathing in some fresh air.

So - what do you do for a fun workout?

Want More

If you are still thirsting for more, click here to go to Day 45 - the official halfway point through my workouts!

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

This is a very intriguing series. Voted up!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@WillStarr - Thanks for being the first to stop by and offer your support. Glad you are enjoying it!


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

You're so right. If you want to make working out a way of life, you have to make it fun. You're doing a good thing here my friend. Stay with it!

jim


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cheatlierepeat 5 years ago from Canada

I own P90X, it's currently in storage lol. I did it for a couple of weeks, it was one of the most difficult work out programs I ever attempted... I had to stop for a few days to allow my legs to recover enough to be able to sit again but for some reason I didn't pick up where I left off. I will attempt it again one day. I think being active and healthy is so important. I love that you are promoting it through this hub. Exercise is great for the body and the mind- even just a walk with a friend (as you mentioned).


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Thanks Jim! I honestly have to say if it wasn't for writing this, I might not do P90X this excessively. I enjoy the workout and I definately enjoy the results, but what it comes down to is I like a lot more variety. When I am done with my 90 days I might not stick to this rigid of a program with P90X. I might change my mind to. But I have a whole box full of workout goodies that I want to dive into and because the workouts are so time-consuming, I don't have time to add the extra in there. I am definately sticking it. Tomorrow is the halfway point! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@cheatlierepeat - Mind did the same thing for about a year. I originally invested in it because I wanted something less girly so my husband would work out with me. We survived a week - both got a cold - and suddenly P90X disappeared. I thought about it alot in that year because it did cost a pretty penny, but it wasn't until recently that I pulled it out.

This personal journey has intended not just to keep me motivated but to get others moving as well. Like I said up there in the hub, it isn't about the workout, it is just about moving. I will be the first to admit this is way out of my league and I struggle almost on a daily basis. There were some moves even in the X Stretch that I found hard. But I can tell mentally and physically all the differences this has made.

Whether you grab back that P90X or just start walking - I highly encourage you to jump back on the bandwagon. It feels great and you won't regret it when you do. I am almost halfway done and it has just flown by. The key is to not only have fun - but take it one day at a time!


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

Ahaha... I hate to say this, but you did a repeat! Back in about day 12 or so you wrote a hub about having fun and how to workout having fun... Still it is a great point to make and worth looking at a second time, but I figured I should still let you know... I am so impressed that you made it through almost 45 days with out a repeat... Anyways no matter what the hub says... you are doing so spectacular that you make me want to JUMP out of my chair and start doing stuff... at least almost. I'm hungry, tired, and thirsty so the JUMPING out of my chair might have to wait a bit. Of course I could JUMP up and get some food and then JUMP down into a comfy position to relax until I JUMP up again to make supper when Darrel gets home and then I will finally JUMP into bed and go to sleep as a nice cool down to all of my jumping. See I am doing the workout with you :-)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - is it really a repeat if it is taken in different context. I slightly remember that hub, but it was like 30 some hubs ago. Well, I almost made it half way through without a repeat... although technically I repeat every Monday when I talk about results ;) Got you on that one.

Now jump, and sit, and jump and sit... thought I would give you an extra push! lol


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

Well the reason I say this one is a repeat is because you used the same fun factors... sports, video games, swimming, stuff like that. I don't care personally, just thought I would let you know... and yes you technically repeat with these hubs because your workouts repeat, but you know what I mean. lol. Anyways... I'm too tired to jump and sit any more. Time for my final jump that ends with failure... the jump into bed. Good Night :-)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - I knew there was a reason it was so familiar... lol - don't worry - today is going to be all new cause I know for a fact this one won't even be similiar! LOL


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Man....it's been a crazy morning! For both of us I bet! I went shopping does that count?

You guys seem to have so much fun. We do play ball together in the summer. We take our picnic and go to this park and take wiffle ball. My kid would hit the ball into a car if it was real:). Now that I'm really thinking about it - we do lots of long walks and hiking. We rented bikes and tried to ride Katy Trail but the girls got tired of peddling way too soon. Then we had to go back! Ha! So now we walk there and lots of other parks...we want to buy new bikes and this year they might be able to drive lots further. Great article!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - I think every morning around here is crazy... if I was a chicken my head would be chopped off.

It is really funny to think about how much exercise you actually get in on a regular basis. Most people don't consider it exercise when they walk the mall and go shopping. And a quick game of catch - that counts to. In fact - everything you do counts. I just signed up for this program that tracks calories and exercise and it has cleaning in there. Man - I am always burning calories! LOL

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