- Exercise & Fitness
Bring It: P90X Day 79
P90X is a committment. It is a 90 day journey through 12 DVDs that ultimately are torture to your fat cells. This program is intended to reshape your body and change your life. P90X was created by Tony Horton with the concept of muscle confusion. With most workouts, pushing play might be enough. But for this one, you actually need to show up. You can't fluff your way through this one. So once you have started, this will become part of your life. You need to Bring It everyday.
Feel free to leave your comments below. While this has been my own personal journey with P90X, it is also meant to motivate and inspire others. With the holidays right around the corner, this is probably the hardest time to get those workouts in and concentrate on proper nutrition. However, together we can pull through this.
Plyometrics, also known as jump training, has always been a beast of a workout. Not much has changed with that over the past few months, except one... today was my very last day of doing Plyometrics until the program ends. If you have been paying attention, I am now down to my last 11 days until I have successfully made it through the whole 90 days of workouts.
Throughout my time with P90X, I have not missed one workout (other than when I switched one out - but I don't count that as a miss). The only breaks I have taken from working out were on the designated rest days authorized in the guidebook. Even then, that was only in the beginning. Since then, I have religiously add StretchX to my agenda.
Overall, I feel like a whole new person. Today, as I was jumping through my livingroom, I realized that I have definately become more of an athlete. I can jump higher and my energy levels are much stronger than they were at the beginning. Although that should be obvious, it is the small changes we often don't notice.
I can officially say, while I have always been healthy conscious (although not always following), I have become more of a health nut in the past few months then ever before. I bet you can name a few health nuts in your life.
Holiday Gifts for the Health Nut
Now normally I wouldn't encourage health and fitness type gifts for Christmas. That would be like giving a housewife a mop as a gift and thinking it was thoughtful. However, us health nuts like to stay with the times, and while some gifts could be put in that range of "don't even think about" others will be thoughtful and something they will truly enjoy.
So, in the spirit of holiday giving, her is the list of 5 holiday gifts your health nut will go crazy over!
Gifts for the Health Nut
Grill the fat out of your meats. This is a healthy option to cooking. It is quick and easy and sure to please!
- The George Foreman Grill - I first got my George Foreman grill when they first came out. If my kitchen gadget died or got lost - it would be a high priority for me to get replaced almost immediately. This kitchen gadget is a great tool. The nonstick surfaces make it an easy cleanup, but most importantly, the way it grills will leave your food in a healthier state than it would be on the stove. Burgers are great, but frankly I can do without all the excess grease. The design of this machine cuts out the grease and collects it in the drip tray below. This will make an unhealthy burger a little better of an option. Grilled chicken breasts are my favorite to make on this machine. Not only does it evenly cook and leave the meat nice and juicy, but it beats the alternative of frying it in the oven. So, if you want something that doesn't scream "I think you need to get healthy", this is a gift sure to please. There are many different types of George Foreman grills out there for your needs - sure to fit every need and budget.
- A Food Dehydrator - I used to have a food dehydrator but sadly it was lost in the move. I love food dehydrators because as everybody knows, food that is made at home is always healthier. While there are a variety of different snacks you can make with this, it is also a good way to make healthy treats. My favorite has always been deydrated bananas or homemade fruit roll-ups. They are absolutley delicious. Most dehydrators will come with additional recipes for your enjoyment. So, if you know someone who likes to make stuff from scratch, and has fun working in the kitchen, this is a great gift option.
- Just Dance - My family and I have a Nintendo Wii. We have had one since they first came out. The Wii is a great gaming system because unlike so many other games, it actually encourages you to get up and move. Of the games offered, my favorite by far is the Just Dance series. We recently got the latest version, Just Dance 3, and as a family we laughed, we sweated and we had fun. For someone who loves to have fun and loves to workout, this is the perfect gift. It's a workout that doesn't feel like torture. It is also great for the kids too. It gets them up and moving, yet they feel as if they are just playing a game!
- Ipod Nano (6th generation)- I will admit that at first I was not a fan of this Ipod. I had a different version at first and this was my husband's upgrade to get me more storage for my playlist. However, I found the size to be too small and the touch screen difficult to navigate. I was unwilling to change at first. Yet, now that I have figured it out, it is truly an amazing tool. Not only do I get to listen to my music while out walking, but it also records my steps. I often times try to shoot for about 10,000 steps a day, which depending on your stride length, is equal to about 5 miles.
- Yoga Kit - I have heard too many times about people who have been interested in trying yoga, yet without a gym membership or the equipment at home, they usually shy away. So, if you know someone who is having a hard time getting started but has mentioned yoga in the past, a yoga kit is a great idea to get them started. It comes with a mat, a yoga block, yoga strap and a carrying bag. Now pair it up with a yoga DVD or the Yoga Deck, and they will be ready to get started.
With only 5 days left until Christmas is here, the time is now to finish up your shopping lists. If you have a health nut left still on your list, these suggestions are gifts sure to please. However, this are gifts for specific type people. Not everybody likes healthy type gifts, and if they are sensitive about their weight or fitness levels, they might even be offended. Yet, most people will enjoy these gifts. Just make sure to not pick up something offensive... like a book entitled... "Getting your big butt moving!"
Happy Holidays Everybody!
To read about Day 80 click here.