I don't know about you guys, but I've been planning on working out every day for about six years now. It's a difficult commitment to make, especially when your athleticism is on the questionable side, but judging from BuzzFeed's "90 Days of Working Out with P90X," it might be worth it to skip your nightly Archer-and-way-too-much-hummus date with yourself and drag yourself to the gym. Agonizing as it may be, working out every day for 90 days straight gets results, and if you start now, you can totally be smokin' hot for your ex's wedding in August. If that's not worth some sore muscles and veritable buckets of sweat, I don't know what is.If you're not familiar with this particular workout, it's simple: P90X is a series of videos challenging you to work out for 30 minutes a day, every day, for 90 days straight. It doesn't sound terribly difficult, but the workouts are notoriously grueling. (I can personally attest to this — all joking aside, I'm pretty in shape, but their workouts leave me so sore I can barely move the next day.) Combine that with the lack of rest days, and the deceptively easy task turns into a "horrifically miserable" nightmare, as one BuzzFeed participant put it. "Our shins were dying, our arms were dead, and our core was on fire," he wrote. Is all the misery really worth it?
<img alt="" src="https://38.media.tumblr.com/57ebb73274e1abe1ba19a3475e43257e/tumblr_n0szea4gUZ1rub0xlo1_500.gif" class="article-body-image"/>I'm sorry to say the answer appears to be yes. Before beginning the regimen, the participants' BMI, weight, body fat percentage, and muscle mass were all measured, and each was given a fitness goal by a doctor... Except one guy, who apparently didn't need to do anything, but we'll ignore him.
The going was tough at times — actually, scratch that. It looked like the going was tough most of the time.
So glad I'm not the only one who makes weird faces when I work out. Somehow, the four volunteers managed to make it all 90 days, noticing little changes along the way. "My body feels really firm and tight," exclaimed one woman halfway through the challenge. The workouts were still hellish, but everyone seemed to be in a better mood while doing them.
At the very end, the differences truly became apparent. One participant lost a pound of body fat and increased her muscle mass, while two others gained both muscle and a little fat overall. Even the man who lost both fat and muscle mass is noticeably more defined in the before-and-after pictures. As much as it pains me to say it, working out every day really does improve... well, just about everything. Just make sure not to overdo it, because that can actually backfire. To get some motivation to hit the gym today, check out the video below.
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