‘Time’ for a workout!

After an exercise filled week, which consisted of three 10 mile runs and four very different weights programmes, I found myself thinking about how much time the average person actually has, to commit to exercise. As ‘time’ or a lack of it, can be used as a reason not to exercise, sometimes a very valid reason and other times not so valid and more of an excuse, I thought I’d ask the question, is it an excuse for you? There are the obvious factors to take into consideration, so I decided to work out a few statistics to leave one simple question on everyone’s mind. So here goes……

  • There are 168 hours in a week.
  • We sleep on average about 8 hours a night, which is 56 hours a week.
  • If we work a 9 hour day, that’s 63 hours a week.
  • On average we spend 1 hour 30 minutes eating each day, which is 10 hours 30 minutes a week.
  • If you deduct the above from 168 hours in a week you are left with an average 38 hours a week spare for getting dressed, travel, baths/showers etc.
  • In those 38 hours the average person manages to watch 3-4 hours of TV a day, which is a massive 21-28 hours a week and reads magazines/newspapers for an average of 5 hours and 30 minutes a week.

When you look at those figures, ask yourself what your body gains from watching up to 28 hours a week of TV or over 5 hours a week of gossip in magazines or newspapers?

If someone asked you the question….. ‘If you could gain extra years on your life, would you take it?’ I’m pretty sure the majority of people would say yes. By exercising regularly and keeping your body fit and healthy, inside and out, you can have a longer healthier life. With this in mind, think about those 38 hours of spare time each week and the amount of time you sit around watching TV. It only takes an hour of exercise 2-3 times a week to stay fit and healthy, so knowing you can lead a longer, healthier life, the question should be, out of them 38 hours can you really not spare 3 of them a week for exercising? Or, can you not cut down the less important activities, such as computer games and TV, to make time for more important activities to stay fit and healthy?

Ask yourself this……do you REALLY not have time to look after your body or is it just a convenient excuse?

Think about it!