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According to Statistics Canada, 23.1% of Canadians aged 18 or older (5.5 million people) are obese, with another 36.1% (8.6 million) are overweight. This means that over half of Canada is overweight.
Although I am not overweight myself, neither is my lifestyle particularly healthy. But about two months ago I heard some friends from church talking about the P90X workout system, and decided to give it a try. P90X consists of a 45-60 minute workouts as well as a complete nutrition system. The idea is that you can go from flab to buff in 90 days.
Let me just say, it has not been an entirely enjoyable journey so far. (Also, I should make it clear that it is certainly NOT me in the photo to the left.) For one thing, I don’t have a pull-ups bar, which makes it impossible to do the pull-ups exercises. Pull-ups, plural, might be a bit optimistic for me anyways. Also, the nutrition plan is pretty hardcore. I imagine most people, like me, would have a very difficult time having the willpower and patience to keep to it. There have been times that, through pain, instead of shouting “Bring it!” along with the videos, and I’ve considered throwing out all this exercise stuff and buying some donuts instead!
Yet despite my struggles so far, I do feel healthier. And it does seem to be getting a little easier to keep it up now that I’m getting used to it. One thing I’ve found particularly helpful is keeping track on a calendar which workouts I complete to help me chart my progress.
Do you exercise? What is your favorite workout? What are the excuses that people often give for not working out?