Bring It: P90X Day 63

P90X was created by Tony Horton. It is a tough workout that uses simple to do exercises that are hard enough to be effective. This isn't a program cut out for everybody. In fact, most won't make it through the first week. However, if you can push yourself through, you will see incredible changes.

The success is because of muscle confusion, a concept adopted by Tony Horton that requires you to push yourself to the extremes, but switch it up enough so your body doesn't get used to the workout. It seems simple enough, but anybody who has ever tried to get in shape or just try to tone up, knows the work will be hard.

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.

Feel free to leave your comments below. This is intended to be an interactive hub series to get people serious about getting healthy. It isn't about the amount of weight lost, it is about living life and feeling good about yourself. So go ahead and share your stories and your tips and together we can keep each other motivated!

P90X is an extreme workout, with exercises simple to understand, but hard to do. However, that is what makes this program so effective.
P90X is an extreme workout, with exercises simple to understand, but hard to do. However, that is what makes this program so effective. | Source

Bring It

I did something right when i scheduled my P90X workouts so every Sunday I had StretchX. Let me just say, there is nothing than a good stretch on a Sunday. It isn't too horribly difficult compared to the other workouts in the DVD series and frankly, it is a great way to end the week.

When I first started the P90X, I would go back and forth between whether I should do the stretching or just take the day of rest authorized by P90X. The more that I push play on StretchX, the more I love the workout. For the most part, StretchX is basically a light version of YogaX.

The best part is stretching is good for you. It not only feels good, but it will help increase your overall performance for all the workouts in the program. And, it will also help reduce injury. So, the next time you are thinking of skipping the stretching session, remember the benefits far outweight the time it takes.

How about you...

Can you touch your toes?

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Not concerned with flexibility... did you know it is related to your heart health?
Not concerned with flexibility... did you know it is related to your heart health? | Source

Can you touch your toes?

As my kids joined me for the last few minutes, my middle child asked me why it was I was stretching. This of course would be through her huffing and puffing and complaining about not being able to touch her toes. She also wanted to now why it was so difficult.

The key to becoming flexible is to practice. If you can't touch your toes right now, with practice you soon will be laying your fingers on the floor.

Do you want to know another reason being able to touch your toes is important? Touching your toes can directly relate to how flexible your cardiac artieries are as well. That is important especially during the holiday season when heart attacks are on the rise. While the reason so many fatal heart attacks happen during the holidays is speculated - extra stress from spending extra money, time with the family or maybe even the particules floating in the air from the romantic evening in front of the fireplace - it is important to make sure you have good heart health so you can see the next year. Stretching can help this.

In a study’s experiment, scientists from the University of North Texas and several Japanese universities recruited 526 healthy adults between the ages of 20 and 83 and had them perform the basic sit-and-reach test. The results of the test showed "a clear correlation between inflexible bodies and inflexible arteries in subjects older than 40. Adults with poor results on the sit-and-reach test also tended to have relatively high readings of arterial stiffness." There was no correlation found for those under 40.

Now arterial stiffening doesn't necessarily mean you are doomed to a heart attack. However, it does mean your heart will become less efficient, according to an article in the NY Times, "Phys Ed: Can Touching Your Toes Test Your Arteries?"

Now there are some early indications that increasing your flexibility mighten loosen up your arteries as well. During the 2008 study at the University of Texas at Austin, it was actually accidental this evidence was found. While the study was intended to test if weight lifting increased arterial stiffness, what it found was that even though "they were not expected to show any change in cardiac function, over the course of 13 weeks they in fact increased the pliability of their arteries by more than 20 percent."

So, the next time you are thinking of skipping the stretching... this is just food for thought. It is never to late.

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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

Well I learned something tonight. I knew about stretching and circulation and all that, and I'm a stretcher, but I didn't know all the other. Good reporting and good job staying with this kiddo! You've got my respect!


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Lapse 5 years ago from East Coast Rules

Wow I may joke you about inflating your hub count with just daily workouts, but you put good stuff in everyone I've read so know I'm joking when I say that crap... BTW I'm still gonna joke you about it! :-)

Very interesting about the stretching and the arteries. Sounds like this is EXACTLY why yoga stretching is SO beneficial. You see people doing yoga and wonder, how can that be good for you! You just explained it. Damn, you rock!

In your poll did you vote???? Guessing you didn't and Jim is the one who can't touch his toes any more???? Jim!!! I thought you were in shape dude!!! :-) Or did you skip the poll and someone else said that. Why do people skip anonymous polls?? They're fun!!!

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Jim, it is funny that I came up with this because when I was searching I was actually trying to see how many people could actually touch there toes. I was looking for numbers - for instance - can 50 percent of the world touch there toes or is the world less flexible than that. I didn't find those numbers so I will have to keep searching, but I thought this was incredibly interesting so I switched focus!

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Lapse - I just voted - wanted to keep people guessing about the polls. From my experience, very few people actually respond to the polls... however, I find them enjoyable just to see how I rank against others.

BTW Jim... you should really get on that stretching so you can touch your toes again ;) wink wink wink!

As for inflating the hub count - go ahead and tease - I will admit - I even make fun of myself for doing it. Although while I am writing about my workouts, I do try to get some interesting facts in as well so we can all learn together. Let me tell you, 90 days of health related topics is a difficult task! LOL Ok - so some are actually very funny and others are series. If I remember correctly - I actually wrote one about the benefits of having legs... I was having a bit of an off day. But - just for knowledge wise- I have to write about something important otherwise this series would become to "bloggy" By adding in good information it not only reviews P90X but it also makes it more of an "article" and not so much of a diary entry. :)

Oh yeah - and keep coming back - you never know what I will come up with! LOL

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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

I just made a long winded comment and it vanished! Hey girl .. I can stand feet together and go flat palms on the floor. I can also pull a 3/4 splits. I'mmmmmmmmmmmm good kido! That should be my next goofy pic to you.

I'm freaked as I just tore my right bicep. It's a partial tear thank goodness and won't require surgery. The knot isn't visable above the skin, but it feels knarly and the whole bicep is purple and black. I've been in the gym all my life and seen hundreds of bicep tears, but I have tortured my guys every way posssible and no problem, but suddenly preacher curling 70 lbs. coming from 50 on my way to 80 lbs. and boom! The other old guys that have been telling to slow down so I'll look and feel like them for years will be pulling a big .. "See I told you!" You know what? Screw em. I see nothing in my research connecting muscle tears with age. I stretch, warm up and do all the good stuff before lifting. I'm going to rehab this for two-three weeks, then I'm going back to the REAL torture program. I'll do everything but water board my guys (biceps), and I'd do that too if I thought it'd have some effect.

I AM thankful. I have good arms and nice muscle shape, and thank goodness I didn't screw it up and get stuck with that ugly looking bumpy muscle, or have to get the surgery.

Okay. I feel better now. This is the only work out hub I follow, cause you're my friend, and it's awesome stuff, but I've taken working out serious since the eighth grade, and you get all my thoughts and comments related to this subject. Poor kid! (laughing)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Jim I think sometimes injury just happens regardless of how much you try to prevent it. From doing so many haircuts, my right shoulder is very weak. It makes it difficult to do some of the stretches on P90X and especially hard to go max on the chair dips. However, I would rather not push too hard than get injured. Sorry about the blow-out. I hope it heals fast so you can get back in the game.

Oh - and I am glad you can touch your toes and then some. Ha ha - I guess someone else randomly voted! Never can tell! LOL

Oh - and rant anytime - I love trading workout secrets and successes. It definately keeps me going!

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Lapse 5 years ago from East Coast Rules

Jim do you have any work out hubs? I'd read those.

bbg you're right to an extent about the injuries. Sometimes its cause you slept funny and got a kink in your neck. Especially at the higher ages? ***cough cough - JIM! cough***

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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

Okay okay I will admit... I was the random person who voted! I was here at 5 o'clock this morning wisconsin time and had enough time to read and vote, but not write! I didn't like any of your options... I wanted a sometimes I can touch my toes and sometimes I can't option! But today I couldn't do so... so that is how I voted. My problem is that I stretch all nice and so I can touch my toes, but then for some reason I get really tight and can barely bend low enough to touch my knees. Crazy I know... but it really depends. Also if I run and then stretch afterwards I have less problems touching my toes... which is funny because running actually tightens your tendons, but I believe it is because I am all warm and my body loves that extra stretch after the tight feeling. Now I really should do some stretching because I have off of work tomorrow and would really like to be able to stand up straight after my day off! lol.

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Lapse - Hey now - that's not funny... I woke up the other day at 7... it wasn't that I wanted to be up that early but my hips and back were hurting. Heck... I am not even old enough to start complaining about those aches and pains yet! LOL

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - Ha ha - ok - now we know! LOL I bet Jim didn't even vote! LOL ;)

I hear you on how your stretching can vary. Some days I can barely bend over without feeling it everywhere and then when I am done with my workout... I almost need a yoga block at the end of my foot to get the entire stretch in!

Keep stretching.. seems with your job you need it more than ever!

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