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How To Make Time To Exercise

I want to talk to you about time & exercise.

I’ve been working in gyms for over 5 years now, and I’m astounded by how many people claim that they are “too busy” to go to the gym or do the at-home workouts. So, what I’m going to do now is show you how NOT busy we are in hopes that someone will realize how much time they actually have to do the previously mentioned workouts.

It’s always good to know how many hours you put into each week. You know? Making the cash flow… Tending the garden… Sharpening the saw… Focusing on your relationships.

If you take the hours in a day and multiply that by the number of days in a week, that’s 24 multiplied by 7, which is equal to the grand total of 168 hours in a week. Wow, that’s a lot of hours. And then let’s say you work a grueling 60 hours a week. That’s six days out of the week where you slave away for 10 hours a day, and then after you get home you have to pay the bills, or cut the grass, or go to rehearsal, or make dinner, or play with the kids, or do the dishes, etc… Sound familiar? All of that could very well take four more hours. So here we are at 14 hours a day 6 days out of the week, which is now equal to 84 hours total. Getting pretty busy!

Once you’ve figured out how many hours you work each week, figure out how much you sleep. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’d guess the average person gets between 5-8 hours of sleep each night. However, let’s assume they’ve been working extra hard this week so they’re needing their full and proper 8 hours to enhance their hardiness. Therefore, we’ll take 8 hours of sleep each night multiplied by 7 days a week, which comes out to be 56 more hours taken away from their short time on this planet every single week (To make it more dramatic that’s just over 23 years out of your life spent sleeping if you live to be 70). Now that we know what’s taking up the majority of our time, let’s figure out what’s left over.

Aside from work, sleep, and all of the other small responsibilities we have as humans there is a small chunk of time that the majority of everyone has access to, and it’s up to you how you wish to use yours. I don’t even know who this person is, but they’re doing fairly important things 140 hours every single week. Taken from the preceding two paragraphs, that’s 84 hours a week put towards work and our basic human responsibilities, and 56 hours a week is put towards sleep so we can rest and recover for the following day. That leaves a mysterious 28 hours left over if you take the 140 and subtract it from 168 total hours in a week.

I’m sure that number can sway by 10-20 hours either way, but even if you subtract another 20 hours that still leaves 8 more! 8 more hours to do whatever you want! This extra time is so important to all of us. Yet I can scroll through my instagram and snapchat stories at the end of each week and watch the same people doing the same things they were doing the last weekend, and it’s the same things they were doing back in high school. Have you ever asked yourself why people who do some form of exercise always seem to have more energy than others? Or maybe you haven’t noticed… Whatever it is you do with this extra time in your week is one thousand percent up to you, but what do you really WANT to do?

Do you really WANT to be able to run a mile? Do you really WANT to be able to do a push-up? Do you really WANT to be able to do a pull-up? Do you really WANT to be able to sip on a glass of wine at dinner time when you’re 102 years old? Or do you just talk about it? Look yourself in the mirror and ask yourself that question, then write your answers down. That way the next time your friend comes up to ask you about your plans this weekend you can confidently tell them that you’re taking some time to better yourself by going to the gym!



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