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Getting Fit: DDP Yoga
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Kevin has written a few

blogs about trying to alter his lifestyle and become more fit as he approaches

40 in the next couple of months. While I still have a year to go before hitting

the milestone, I myself have been saying I need to change up my habits and lead

a healthier lifestyle. The big question was how did I want to implement this

change and could I stick with it. <>










Last August, a friend gave

me the P90X workout. I started doing the daily workouts and had a good routine

going for about two weeks. Then my chaotic lifestyle kicked in again and I was

having trouble finding time to squeeze in a workout just one day a week.  Needless to say I stopped even trying

to convince myself I was going to be able to achieve the goals I had set for

myself and went back to living my normal life. <>










As the end of the year drew

near, I started thinking about new year resolutions and with Kevin doing his

ďFacing 40Ē series, I found a motivation to stop making excuses and follow

through with getting into shape. After all, I canít have Kevin showing me up

in New Jersey for Geek Week. Heís the married one with kids. Iím

supposed to be the cool one. Right? <>










Initially I had planned on

going back to P90X. I knew the workouts and they were something I could do at

home on my own schedule. The problem quickly arose where instead of staying

home at night as I planned, I was once again finding myself going out with

friends to movies or special events and not getting home until 11:00 at the

earliest. Doing an hour-long high impact workout at that time just wouldnít

work. I thought maybe I could get up an hour earlier every day and do the

workout at 5:30. However, because I am usually awake every half hour starting

around 2am, I could never motivate my body to get out of bed at 5:30. Two weeks

into the new year and I had only done one work out. It was looking like my lack

of focus and determination would come back to sabotage me once again. <>










One day while talking about

my lack of workouts with a co-worker, he mentioned he had just gotten the DDP

Yoga DVDs and was going to give them a try. I knew former wrestler ďDiamondĒ

Dallas Page had come up with a yoga routine, but I had never actually looked

into finding out what it entailed. Doing a quick YouTube search, I found the

video of Arthur Boorman, a former paratrooper who went from not being able to

walk without assistance to 




being able to run.  




















I was

intrigued to know if DDP Yoga was really that good or if Arthurís story was the

exception to the rule. After watching some other videos and reading blogs from

people trying DDP Yoga, I decided to order the DVDs and give it a try. <>










One of the aspects I was

most intrigued with is DDP Yoga is a No Impact workout. I was born without the

upper part of my right hipbone. As a result, my right leg is about 1.5cm

shorter than my left. It also means I have less range of motion in my right hip

and have occasional hip pains. One of the issues I found with the P90X workouts

was the amount of lunges would usually cause my hip to flare up in pain. I have

been advised by my doctor in the past to do normal activities and if I

experienced pain to stop. Basically I need to not take it too easy because I

need to strengthen the hip as much as possible. Getting back to the DDP Yoga

program, I was curious to see if Iíd be able to perform the yoga positions with

my hip not having full range of motion and if the moves would produce pain. <>










I borrowed my co-workers DVD

and went through the Diamond Dozen, which are the 12 basic positions/moves,

used in the workouts. There was only one move that I couldnít do as well as I

had hope. With a confidence that I would be able to do the workouts, I went

ahead and order all three DVDs, bought a heart monitor and then waited for my

package to arrive. <>














The DVDs arrived on Tuesday

and it was time to take the first step to living 90% as DDP says. I started off

with a refresher of the Diamond Dozen before moving onto the Energy workout.  For about the first half of the program

I questioned if this would really work as I didnít feel like I was working out.

By the end of the workout though, I had worked up a sweat and could feel my

body asking was going on, as it wasnít used to being this active. This morning

I woke up and did the Wake Up mini-workout.  <>










In addition to being No

Impact, the workouts appear to be 20-30 minutes long, which will hopefully be

easier to accommodate my schedule, though I have done well the past two weeks

of not being as crazy busy. Plus, technically the DDP Yoga system is scheduled

for every other day though as DDP mentions, you can customize the workouts

depending to fit your schedule. <>










Itís only been one day, but

given the relative ease of the workouts, the fact Iím putting this out for the

world to see so Iíll have some accountability as I donít want to look like a

quitter, and my personal competition with Kevin, I can see myself sticking with

it and hopefully Iíll get the results Iím aiming to achieve. The hardest part

will be changing my eating habits. As a confirmed bachelor who is used to fast

food and take out, actually buying groceries and cooking meals could take some

time to become a normal occurrence. <>










My goal is to provide

updates every 30 days. If I have success with this, hopefully itíll help

someone else who is trying to lead a healthier life. For more information on

DDP Yoga, click here.  If

you have success stories of your own or are trying to get in shape/live

healthier yourself and want to share your progress, let us know on the

My123Cents Facebook page or Twitter. <>


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