Hello everyone! Many times I talk to people about their exercise habits. The biggest excuse I get for not working out is I don’t have the time. So today I’m going to share with you how to make time to exercise. I think the importance of exercise ranks up there with essential functions like eating, bathing, etc.
It reminds me of the story about the guy who’s driving and runs out of gas. Another gentleman approached him and asked him why he ran out. The driver said he was so busy driving he forgot to refuel. The point I’d like to make is you need to find time to exercise. If you don’t your body will do the same thing as the guy’s car and start to shut down.
Finding time to work out really boils down to simple math. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a math major to understand what I’m about to explain. It’s basically a simple process.
We all have the same 168 hours in a week. If you sleep 8 hours a night like you should that’s 56 hours for the week. If you work a full time job that normally equates to about 40 hours a week. Therefore, if you subtract 96 hours for sleeping and working that leaves 72 hours remaining for the week. I know some people may work 2 jobs so you could add in an average of another 20 hours.
It still leaves about 52-72 hours left over so far. At this point you can take out time for errands around the house, social obligations, and miscellaneous things. Even after subtracting all that, you should still be able to carve out 150 minutes (2 1/2 hours) to exercise for the week. 150 minutes of moderate to high intensity exercise is the minimum you should shoot for to have a healthy lifestyle. Anything over that is awesome!
The time of day you work out doesn’t matter. However, if you’re able to exercise close to the same times your body usually adapts to changes better. All that’s really important is that you’re moving!
I hope this helps you realize a way to work exercise into your schedule. I know we all have busy lives. Although if you look hard enough, I think you can squeeze in at least a little time for working out. So let’s stop making excuses and let’s get fit! If you have any questions or comments please leave them as I’ll look forward to hearing from you. Thanks for your time and have a great day!