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Bring It: P90X Day 7
This is an ongoing compilation of my journey with the P90X system. I am hoping you will be following me on my journey to see whether or not this system works or is just another advertising gimmick. 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 comment on your journeys to get healthy below. Maybe together, we can kick this unhealthy epidemic in the past!
And on the 7th day, they rested
This was the day of all days. It was the one that I could let my hair down and really look forward too. I knew after today, I was going to be feeling good. Today was the day of rest.
However, rest was not what I did. I had the option with the P90X Classic program to either take the day off or do Stretch X. Even though this was a busy day, as in it was my son't 2nd birthday, I still found the hour out of my day to do the program.
It was necessary and I was looking forward to it. Even though I had a lot on my plate today, I realized a couple of really important things:
1. My exercise time is my time. This is for me. For nobody else. And for way too long I had been giving, giving, giving and never taking anything back. I need this. And it isn't too much for me, as a mom, to take one hour out of my day just for myself.
2. If I don't do the program today, I am slipping into a downfall. I am in the habit. I push play each and every day. I have gotten used to it. Yet, I know myself all to well. If I don't push play today, it might be too easy for me to not push play tomorrow. So, if I stay within my rhythm, tommorrow won't be as difficult to jump into.
So, as I am baking and making my son's birthday cake, cleaning up, doing haircuts and all that other stuff that needs to be done, I got into my workout clothes and got it done. Granted, I wish it was a little more cardio, because after taste testing all of that frosting, I probably could have used a good workout. But, after stretching, I felt so tall. I felt flexible, I felt good!
Get hooked up
What would you do?
Would you have participated in day 7?
Stretch X takes about an hour. It is hard to believe you can really spend that much time stretching and not get in any type of cardio exercise or weightlifting, but after pushing play this morning, I now realize how true this is.
To do this workout, all you need is a mat, your water bottle and a towel. You can do this workout in your barefeet, so no need to get those shoes on. In reality, there wasn't a whole lot of sweating either, so if you forget the towel, you will survive.
Stretch X is a total body stretching workout. But, it is something integral to the P90X program. This day of rest is what will help you rebuild those muscles after a very long week. All those muscles, those you are familiar with and those you aren't, have worked hard and they are all sore. Today, you stretched everyone of them. From the neck all the way down to the toes. A slight bit of yoga was incorporated into the workout as well, so you get a chance to practice your cat pose and your downward dog.
Overall, if you are in the midst of doing the P90X classic, I must insist you do this program. Afterwards, every muscle in your body will be loosened and relaxed. This is vital to your success in this program, as a stretched out body will refrain from injury and a flexible body will make you stronger throughout the entire program.
So, even if you would rather sit on the couch and watch football, just push play instead. After all, you deserve that hour!
All stretched out
After doing the P90X Stretch X, I felt great. And believe me, knowing that I could have taken the day off, I almost didn't push play. Between making a cake and doing the whole BBQ birthday party, I was cutting it close on time. Next week should be much easier to get the workout in. However, the only thing it impacted was getting my little review of today's workout in at a relatively decent time. (But I will still push publish before it hits midnight!)
My only complaint about the entire video was it was just a tad too long. By the time I reached the end, I was about ready to take a nap. While I felt great, I was tired the rest of the day. (That could also be from not sitting down either!)
But I did it. I have completed the entire first week of P90X. Only 11 more weeks to go. I can't wait to see what the results bring.
Note: P90X is an extreme fitness regiment and your doctor should be consulted before starting this or any other workout program. If at any time during your workout you feel uncomfortable or not right, modify the move or stop completely do avoid injury.
To continue on to Day 8, click here. This will show you the results after the first week of P90X