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How Much is Enough?

by Alaina on April 10, 2012 · 6 comments

Well, I’m into my second week of getting my butt off of the road and trying to get in more strength training. So far, my days have looked like this:

Week of 4/1 to 4/7
Sunday: P90X Chest and Back
Monday: 2.5 miles in 22 minutes
Tuesday: P90X Shoulders and Arms
Wednesday: 2 miles in 17 minutes
Thursday: P90X Legs and Back
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Worked all day on demoing the house. Workout itself.

Sunday I was working 10 to 6 and then I was back at the routine yesterday, doing the Chest and Back, and today, running 2.5 miles in just under 23 minutes.

I do know that results will not happen in one week and I’m not expecting them too. I guess I’ve just been thinking about how much “effort” I want to put into all of this. I’m definitely not saying that I want to half-@$$ my workouts just to say that I did them, but maybe thinking more about the commitment and length of that commitment to P90X. What happens when the 90 days are over and I’ve achieved the body that I was going for? Do I keep working out as hard as the program desires, to keep up the physique? Or do I find workouts that engage me and challenge me each day but are manageable to keep as a routine?

I think that a lot of this is stemming from the fact that whenever I do the workouts, I’m not watching the DVD’s with them, therefore only going by the book. When I’m done with the workouts, my heart is racing and I feel a bit sore, but it’s different than when I followed the DVD’s step by step. So will my results still be the same? I’m still working out every day, just not to the Tony Horton intensity.

So I guess that is where the title of this post comes in: How much is enough? By doing the workouts in a way that seems fun and manageable for me, will I still be able to achieve the same results?  It’ll probably take me longer, but really, I’m looking for something that I can do that will fit into my lifestyle and my routine. That’s the only way I know how to keep it as a habit. I would hate to go through a program again and just quit when it’s over. It’s time to make this part of my schedule and we’ll see what my body does to adapt.

Ever want to know what goes on in my head? This is it. I’m always so all over the place and I try to think of what I can do to solve my problems. Then I realize that I have this great outlet called a blog! And you get to see my ramblings. It’s not so much to whine and complain about these oh-so-tough problems that I have. It’s more to just get my thoughts down. And that’s pretty much what this thing is here for, huh? :-)

Do you like to do different, intense workout programs? Or do you like to stick to a routine of workouts?