I think I mentioned that I’m trying p90x (1 week down, 12 to go!) and in case you didn’t know, it’s a 90 day fitness program — they call it “extreme home fitness.” I want to write a little bit about the program, partly because whenever I have a question about it, I google and come up with all of these people who have signed up for their affiliate program and are trying to sell their products. I’m more interested in regular folks like me, and what their experience has been, so here’s what I’m thinking, for what its worth.
After a week, I’m definitely feeling it in terms of soreness, as well as in terms of energy expended. I could never have done this while pregnant or nursing a baby. But I feel good — I want to be somewhat sore, so I know I’m accomplishing something. Here’s what I’m wondering this morning. I am committed to sticking this out for the full three months, mostly as an experiment to see what it can really do for my body, but part of me thinks it’s way too much, particularly in terms of my time. P90x asks you to work out for nearly an hour and a half, six days a week, so 8+ hours a week. (In my regular non-extreme world, I think 4 hours per week should be enough.) It’s a pretty big percentage of my waking time. What do you think? How much of your time do you spend exercising? From a life philosophy/clear priorities standpoint, where does time spent exercising lie?