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?

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 melissanibbles April 11, 2012 at 5:10 am

I like to mix it up and go by how my body feels that day. I don’t believe in extreme workouts because, frankly, I don’t think they work. Yesterday I read somewhere that bodies are made in the kitchen and are maintained in the gym. From my experience it’s completely true. Don’t kill yourself and listen to your body :)

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2 Michelle April 11, 2012 at 7:44 am

I’ve also been mixing it up with On Demand classes, outdoor runs and indoor bike rides. I try to just get some exercise in once a day!

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3 Tiffany April 11, 2012 at 9:45 am

Hi! I found your blog through Tracey (Stride & Joy) and am from Boston too!

I don’t do any of those extreme workouts like P90X or Insanity because I’m not sure how long someone can actually sustain results from them but mostly because, frankly, I don’t think I would survive any of them! For strength training, I do Jillian Michael’s Shred It With Weights (kettlebell) twice a week. I normally don’t like her videos but it’s a good mix of cardio and weights, and I see results so I keep doing it! I also have started mixing in her cardio kickboxing video on days I don’t do weights or run.

Looking forward to reading more of your blog!

Tiffany

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4 Dena @ 40 Fit in the Mitt April 11, 2012 at 11:27 am

Up until I started Boot Camp, I was doing the same workouts week in and week out, but now I am digging trying new exercises and more intense training. I love it! oh and by the way, you kicked butt on the 2.5 miler, wow an 8.8 minute mile, now that is intense.

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5 Colleen @ Culinary Colleen April 12, 2012 at 10:05 am

I did the Insanity program a few months ago and really liked it. However, I probably didn’t do the workouts with the intensity that most do. I got to the point where I would put the DVD on mute on my computer and watch tv instead. And I think that’s totally okay. I still felt like I was in better shape afterwards, but wasn’t totally burnt out.

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6 Meghan April 13, 2012 at 7:44 am

I feel like doing enough for you, whatever fits your lifestyle, is going to work in the long term. I think we have all gone 1000% into things only to find it’s not sustainable with jobs, family, friends, and all of the other things that make life fun and well balanced. I also really believe in mixing it up with exercise; I can’t wait until this marathon is over!

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