The Evolution of P90X
When I started the P90X curriculum I was skeptical and coming hot off a long fitness break. It was exactly what I needed to catapult me back into working out. Understand that for the majority of my adult life I wake up around 530 am and head to the gym or out for a run. Fortunately, I'm a morning person, which always helped. That said, I took some well-earned time off in January and February of this year – maybe a little into March, too – but that’s not the point. If you have ever stopped exercising, you know it is that much more difficult to start back up again.
Enter Tony Horton and Pam the Blam! Wow. I was thrown right into intense training from day one – I mean so much so that I could barely walk, well move without wailing, for about a week. I kept on. I made a promise to myself that I was going to do P90X.
Everything was going great until last week. I got bored. The program is 90 days. Each month – weeks 1-3 are the same weekly workouts. The 4th week works in variations and new formats. Cut to week 6, and I was out of my mind bored. My solution: add cardio pre P90 workout. I began taking my dogs on an intense power walk (I ran so much the past 3 years that now I’m bored of that too). The walk is great for my mind and body, as well as allowing me to spend time with my dogs!
Tried again, and still found myself bored with the P90x program. I had made a promise to myself that I would do P90X and, not wanting to go back on my word, I came up with a solution. I would continue on with the DVDs, but maybe mix in other workouts ...other DVD’s like "Give Me 10" by Amy Dixon. And guess what? It's working! My boredom has subsided and I am working out even harder. I love the variety and feel amazing.
I never thought popping in a DVD could count as a “real” workout. But it does! I am out of breath and sweating just as much (if not more) than when I take a group class or go running. Other perks: 1) I can sleep in my workout clothes, 2) I can make coffee while warming up, and 3) (best of all) I shower at home. The one thing I hadn’t planned on was having my living room become a gym.... resistance bands, dumbbells, yoga mats, foam rollers, and a stack of workout DVDs 2 feet high. It’s better than paying for a gym membership!
Here's the point: Do what works. Be flexible. Whatever gets you out of bed in the morning and moving is the right thing to do. Dreading exercise is the kiss of death. Keep it fun, and keep moving!