Bring It: P90X Day 86
P90X is about taking your workout to the next level. It isn't for everyone. In fact, many probably won't make it past the first week, much less the entire 90 days of the entire program. Tony Horton created this workout geared toward those who were already in shape, and looking to tone up. Others might have difficulty doing alot of the moves, but if you are stubborn enough, you can push through and you will see results.
The program consists of 12 different DVDS. This allows for enough variety to keep you from getting bored. However, you are still expected to push play everyday and max out each and every exercise for the maximum effect. This is basically what is known as muscle confusion and is what P90X is built on. This here is my own personal journey to test the system. I wasn't in the best shape before I started and would consider myself the average person. Therefore the results that I see should be typical of many others.
Feel free to leave you comments below. This personal journey has been an amazing experience and I hope that it has been a means of motivation and inspiration for those who have been following!
Ab.. solutely necessary!
I wasn't looking forward to this workout as of yesterday. I knew that it was going to be Core Synergistics and frankly, even after completing almost the entire 90 days, I am still not strong enough to complete the vast majority of the exercises.
During the last Recovery Week, I decided to substitute Core Synergistics. It just wasn't logical for me to do the workout. I felt as if I was doing more harm than good. Then again, I think I overdid it and that is what caused issues. Since I am not a quitter, today I tried it again. It is still one of the most difficult workouts I have ever attempted and far from being recovery for me. However, I did make it through the workout, while modifing a good portion of the moves to fit my needs.
I can tell I did good... my stomach has been yelling at me all day. It is definately sore. I hate the feeling of my core muscles being sore. But, this week is the final week of recovery so I am going to push through each and every one of these workouts. I have one more exerperience with Core Synergistics before I am done. I hope I can push it a little farther the next time!
It is currently Tuesday. Come this Saturday, I will have officially finished the entire 90 days of the program. That in itself is a great accomplishment. In addition to finishing the program, it is also New Year's Eve. The program couldn't have ended on a better day. As I am going into the new year, I have the opportunity to re-evaluate where I am currently and start setting new goals.
When the new year approaches, many people set their New Year's Resolution as "Getting healthier in the new year!" However, if you want to accomplish your goals, you are going to need to be a bit more specific. Getting healthy is so general, you will never reach your goal.
Do you have a workout routine?
How about you...
Do you plan on setting a resolution to get healthy in the new year?
Ideas for Healthy Goals
- Drink more water - Water is good for you. Not only does it flush the body of toxins, but it also will help you feel full. It is recommended that you drink 8 glasses of water a day. However, most people don't do that. So set a goal to get your water in daily. It might be harder than it looks, but it is a great place to start!
- Eat More Fruits and Veggies - I am guilty of this one and definatly need to include this in on my resolutions. While I am usually pretty good about the fruits, my veggie consumption is lacking. Fruits and veggies are a great source of nutrients and vitamins. In addition, they are low in calories so they are a great addition to your diet if you are trying to lose weight!
- Start working out 3 days a week - This is a great goal for those who haven't started working out yet. If you have been following along with "Bring It: P90X", you might have already started your workout. The key here is to set a specific amount. If you are just starting out, a couple days a week for about 20 to 30 minutes might be all you need. However, if you have already been working out, maybe it is time to add in the extra days or longer workouts. Work with what you got and expand.
- Cut down on drinking your calories - Soda and alcohol are the main culprits of drinking your calories. They contain no nutritional value whatsoever. That means if your soda is costing you 120 calories with each can and you drink a few a day, you are litterally drinking almost a full meal a day. That can really add up over time and that could mean a bigger waistline over the course of the year. If you are a soda drinker, cutting out the soda could instantly cause you to drop weight. Now I am not saying you can't occasionally treat yourself, but try not to keep soda in your daily diet. Drinking your calories is the best way to not use your daily intake wisely.
- Move more in what you do daily - If you are a person that always looks for the shortest route possible, try thinking differently. The extra steps you might take, can really add up after awhile. So, instead of taking the elevator, take the stairs. If you drive around until you find the closest park spot, try taking the one farthest away. These extra steps can add to your workout without you even realizing it. This could mean a healthier you with only one small lifestyle change!
So now that you have a few specific goals for how to get healthier in the new year, what resolution are you going to choose? Do you have other goals that you are going to set instead. While most people set goals to become healthier in the new year, the way to do it is to be specific. This way you are likely to stick with your goal until the following year.
Good luck on your goals!
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