Day 13 Kenpo

I completed my thirteenth day of P90X.  I did the Kenpo X workout which is one of the cardio routines.  Kenpo is a Japanese martial arts form with its origins from China.  Today it has a stong influence in Hawaii.  There are many variations to this martial arts style.  Some of the most popular Kenpo systems are Ed Parker’s American Kenpo Karate, Shaolin Kenpo, Chinese Kara-Ho Kempo and Kosho-ryu.  

This workout focused on a series of punches and kicks to elevate the heart rate.  I’ve taken martial arts before so I didn’t find this workout to be that difficult.  The only difficulties I had was with my coordination.  I didn’t realize how uncoordinated some of my moves were.  As time goes on my coordination will improve.  I found it to be a good cardio workout and having my heart rate monitor helped me to maintain the proper heart rate so I was constantly in the fat burning zone.  

There are several types of heart rate monitors.  I prefer the wrist monitor.  You can get them with different features.  I was able to find one that also kept track of my pace and the steps I took so that I could also use it when I go for walks or runs.  The price ranges from $35 to over $100 depending on features and brand.  Polar F6 Men's Heart Rate Monitor Watch (Black Coal, New Design)Timex T5J031 Unisex Digital Fitness Heart Rate Monitor WatchReebok Fitwatch 10S Strapless Heart Rate Monitor Watch (Blue)Bowflex Fit Trainer 10M Strapless Heart Rate Monitor Watch (Black)

Tomorrow is my rest day and I am going to relax so I can start week 3 of the program.  I know its going to be hard to stay on the eating plan with Christmas coming but I will do my best not to eat too much cake, Christmas cookies with the little sprinkles, or alcoholic beverages.  I’m only human.  

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