We’ve all heard the sayings, “Age is only a number” and “You’re only as old as you feel” but sometimes it feels like that number really is catching up with us (especially around our birthdays). So now you’ve made the decision to improve your health and fitness by eating better and looking for a workout program that will challenge you. But how old is too old for something like P90X? In my opinion, your age has less to do with the decision to do P90X than does your overall health and fitness level.
How Is Your Current Fitness Level?
It’s true, P90X is a challenging workout. Everybody from politicians, celebrities, professional athletes and even the first lady are using P90X. It’s 90 days of intense, military style, kick your butt workouts. I considered myself in pretty decent shape when I first started P90X and I nearly threw up during the first workout!
So, the first thing you need to ask yourself is, “What is my current fitness level?” If you’ve been relatively active, are in pretty decent shape then I would say P90X is definitely a workout that will challenge you and get you in the best shape of your life. Oh, you’re out of shape? No problem. Each workout in the P90X program has one person that is showing a modified move. The modified move is much less intense and much more do-able for people who are trying to work their way back in.
So How Old Is Too Old For P90X?
Unfortunately there is no solid answer for “how old is too old for P90X?” Every person is at a different health and fitness level so it’s impossible to throw out a blanket “60 years old is too old for P90X.” If you’re to the point in your life where you have some genuine concerns about injuries, blood pressure, your heart, or other issues, then you’re not cleared for P90X. Just as with any workout program, we recommend that you consult a doctor to help determine if P90X is something safe for you.
I Don’t Think P90X Is For Me
If after talking to your doctor and carefully considering P90X you do decide that it is not right for you, there are more than likely other Beachbody workouts that will challenge you and get you the results you are looking for. Some workouts to consider are Power 90, Turbo Jam, or Slim in 6. Or, you may even consider simply implementing a walking program and a healthy diet until you feel you are ready for something like P90X.
Age really is just a number, but the physical state of your body and overall health are very much realities that you need to be comfortable with in order to safely make the decision to begin P90X.