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Bring It: P90X Day 49

Updated on December 29, 2011

P90X is one tough workout! It was created by Tony Horton and it promises to change your life, as well as your body around in just a short 90 days. You may wonder how. The idea of muscle confusion is what does the trick. With 12 different DVDs at your fingertips, a program guide, and nutrition guide, you have all the tools needed to get into the best shape of your life.

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.

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Just smile...

Stretching makes me feel happy and relaxed!
Stretching makes me feel happy and relaxed!

Bring It

Ah! Day 7 of the week. We all know what that means. It is a day of rest. Well, the P90X workout guide actually gives you the option. You can either do nothing or you can do XStretch. XStretch is a light version of YogaX. You won't sweat nearly as much, you won't curse nearly as much and you will still be working on your flexibility.

For most of my time through this workout series, I have usually choosen to do nothing. Mainly because I have been busy. But the last few weeks I have been incorporating XStretch in and I have found that I really enjoy it. It does carry some of the moves for yoga so you are still burning calories. However, the major downfall is that it is still an hour out of your day.

This week I have been struggling with being sore. Because of that, even though I did my workout later in the afternoon, I decided to take a break from all the stuff on my list to do and just stretch. It felt awesome. I was focused and I was really giving those muslces what they needed - a good stretch.

For the most part, whether you choose to do something or not, is completely up to you. But I highly recommend after a tough week of working out, you choose the stretch. Not only will you feel better, but you will decrease your chance for injury as well.

How about you...

What kind of stretching do you prefer?

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What kind of stretch do you do?

There are a couple different kinds of stretching involved in the P90X workouts. The kind most people think of when they think of stretching is static stretching. The other kind, another great way to warm up the muscles, is ballistic stretching.

Static stretching is the more traditional form of stretching and the one most people are aware of. This is basically when you bend over and touch your toes. You inhale as you go into the stretch and exhale while in the stretch. As you exhale, you try to pull yourself into the stretch just a little further. This is intended to increase your flexibility while allowing the muscles to let go. This time of stretching is done while the body is at rest and is usually held for a specific time period, such as 30 seconds or so. It is normal to feel a little uncomfortable during stretching, but the discomfort should only be mild. This discomfort is what will ultimately let your body adjust so each time you can reach a little further.

Ballistic stretching is a way to warm up the muscles by using the momentum of your body. You will often times see swimmers using this kind of stretch before they jump in the water. This type of stretching works well because a person is attempting to force their body beyond its normal range of motion. Most often, this type of stretching is used by athletes who are under supervision and know their body limits

So, now that you know the different kinds of stretches, which one do you prefer?

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Daffy Duck - It is funny that you say that. Cause I often go into it thinking I will just do a portion of it but before i know it, the stretching is already done and I am feeling great. I think if it didn't go by so fast, I might be more inclined to just do some, but there are days were I get too busy and I just take the day of rest. Sometimes in life, you just need a break! I think that is going to happen this week for me! :)

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      Daffy Duck 6 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

      I'm glad you have shown the distinction between static and ballistic stretching. Some people don't know that....including me. :)

      You said something very interesting. It can be a day off or you can stretch. It does take an hour out of your day. Who says it has to? I don't mean to encourage slacking off, but you do have the option of doing nothing. Why not do a little stretching for flexibility, say 1/2 an hour, and take the rest of the day off?

      Either way, you're still doing more than I am. :)

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Ruchira - Way to go - baby steps always make the difference! :)

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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      Way to go Stacy!!

      Your determination is making me take "baby steps" towards sweating out those extra

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Myth - Yeah - I was pretty much slacking on Saturday - although I really don't remember the reason why it took so long. Although it probably has a lot to do with my workout being done so late too. I have a lot of stuff to get done today so hopefully today's hub will come out at a decent time...

      Oh yeah - and no excuses - get the stretch in first thing in the morning. YOu don't need to get all fancy dancy dressed up for it so you can just jump out of bed and do it! Put it in your schecule and do it right away. I promise you won't regret getting it in! :)

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      mythicalstorm273 6 years ago

      Lol... I said early because it was like 9 o'clock your time. Since the night before you published it at almost midnight... 3 hours early :-) lol. I'm just teasing. Still you are absolutely right about the stretching. Even if I only get in 10 minutes a day I should for sure get it in this week. So today I have to get ready and go to work... like now. Get done at 5, run to the store to buy some stuff for making pies (i'm in charge of 2 of them this year!) Get home bout 6. Read 2 college length chapters for class, write a 500 word paper and watch 5 videos that go along with it, write a discussion question, respond to a discussion question, do a load of laundry, do a load of dishes, make supper, go christmas shopping online (because there is a great deal today for toyRus on top of my discount!) and go to bed before 10ish to wake up at 6 tomorrow morning to start it all over again! Oh crud I already forgot to put the stretching into my schedule... I think I'm going to screw this up pretty badly! lol. Good luck to us both:-)

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Myth - Did you say publish it early??? I was just checking because I thought maybe I miss read that. I thought it was actually late and was starting to feel a little stressed about it... but I feel better now.

      Stretching is priceless. I am glad I snuck it in because it really felt so good, especially since I have been feeling really sore lately. By the way, I can almost bend completely flat in half. I might need to start putting a yoga block at my feet so I can stretch a little further. It has really improved my flexibility!

      Sleep well and when it gets hectic this week... make sure you stretch - even if only for 10 minutes!

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      mythicalstorm273 6 years ago

      I love both forms of stretching... of course I have often used both forms through out my years of swimming and diving as well as with other workouts. Stretching feels great... I should get back into my stretching because my back has been starting to get tight. You always remind me of what I should be doing. This week will be crazy busy but I am going to try my best to get back into a good stretching. I am glad to see you do the workout... and publish it early :-) today. You are doing so wonderful! I am just so proud of how great you are doing!! Now it is time for bed :-)