- Exercise & Fitness
Bring It: P90X Day 19
I am on my very own personal journey to complete the P90X DVD workout system, created by Tony Horton. This workout isn't a joke. It is only for those who are serious... or seriously stubborn. I am mostly stubborn and while this workout may be a bit out of my leg, I am determined to show others whether this is just another gimmick or if it works like it promises. I have 90 days. In that time, I plan to show you whether this will get you in the best shape of your life, and pass on some humor, fun and advice along the way.
I would love to hear from you. Feel free to leave comments below to give us your own personal advice or just offer some support. Together maybe we can make this world a healthier place!
The time is 6:20 a.m. It is early in the morning. The sun hasn't even woke up yet. And then there is me, just pushing play on the DVD player. Today is legs and back. A dreaded workout for anybody that despises squats and lunges. I have never been a fan of either of these exercises, and to add a cherry on top, they also incorporate pull ups. This is a crazy workout.
It might be crazy, but I am crazy familiar with it. I am now into my 3rd week of this particular workout, and I am anxiously waiting for recovery week. Only 2 workouts away until then. I am not saying it is going to be easy, but I am ready to change things up.
The idea behind the entire P90X system is to create muscle confusion. When it comes to exercise, variety is the spice of life. This will help you to not fall victim to the dreaded plateau. We are all to familiar with this; we have all probably hit it once or twice in our lifetime. It happens because no matter how hard our workout is, our body gets used to it.
So today, I gave it my all with my squats and my lunges. I even pulled out a few more pullups, which honestly, I am not sure where they came from. I upped my weight and I promised myself it would be over in an hour. I was right - and I survived. However, I am sure the rest of the day won't be as productive. My legs are killing me. Especially after all the walking and yoga I did yesterday. In fact, I might take a nap... do a little more writing... or veg out in front of the TV. I might even think about some crazy thoughts that I have had mulling up in my head.
A life with no legs
Keep those legs warm
What if we had no legs?
So, lately I have been a little more serious. Today I am going to lighten things up. Maybe it is because my legs are sore and I wish I could just chop them off. But, I figure it is Friday and Friday is a good day to have some fun... even if it means having fun with no legs!
If we had no legs.... it would make it very difficult to get from Point A to Point B. Sure, there are people out there that might not be able to use their legs. (And this is in no way an attempt to be insensitive to them), and they get around just fine. But, if you are like me, you have always had the use of your legs. Can you imagine getting around without them?
If we had no legs... how would we sit down? Think about it! The legs help balance you. Imagine a stick or a broom. If you stand it up, it falls right over. If we tried to sit and we had no legs, we would be required to be put in a balancing position. Imagine the neck pain or shoulder pain we would experience if our body was put in a chair and we had to try and stay there.
If we had no legs... how would be bend over? Legs are a vital attachement to the body that allows us to hinge at the waist. Granted, we can twist and turn to the side, but if we did that with no legs, would we just end up falling over?
If we had no legs... how would we ever be able to reach anything. Our legs are what gives us a good portion of height. Imagine all those tall cabinets in your kitchen or your bathroom. That high shelf you already have a hard time reaching. Yep - no chance now... especially since...
If we had no legs.... we wouldn't be able to climb up a step ladder. Or at least it would prove difficult. We would have to pull and wiggle ourselves up to the third step. Then we would have to try and balance. It wouldn't really matter though. Because step ladders are kind of short. So, we probably still wouldn't be able to reach. However, all that climbing...
If we had no legs... our arms would probably be really strong!
Back to serious
In reality, the majority of us never have to worry about life without any legs. However, there are some out there, whether it be due to health issues or a serious accident, that have either lost the use of their legs, or lost their legs completely. Those people are inspirational. They continue to go on with the difficult life challenges, that none of us even have to imagine. They survive on a daily basis.
So, put yourself in there shoes. When you start complaining about squats and lunges, these people only wish they had the legs to be able to do these exercises. Now doesn't that make you want to work out even harder?
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