“I don’t have time to exercise.”
How many times have you said that? Or heard someone else say it?
It’s the No. 1 excuse for not exercising. And we don’t buy it.
Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day. We all have multiple commitments to other people, often including work. Even in retirement, there’s spending time with family, keeping up the home, fighting traffic, etc.
But, as the famous saying goes, “Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”
How Much Do We Get?
Here’s an interesting illustration of how we generally spend our time on this earth.
Let’s say people get an average of 25,915 days, or about 71 years, to live. Of that, they spend just 0.69 percent (or 180 days) exercising.
That’s according to a survey of more than 9,000 people around the world, conducted by Reebok and global survey company Censuswide. (Granted, Reebok has an interest, but this is still relevant information.)
The survey also reports that people:
- Spend almost a third of their lives (29.75 percent) sitting down
- Stare at some kind of screen 41 percent of the time, or 10,625 days
- Socialize with family and friends 6.8 percent, or 1,769 days
Still say you don’t have time?
Add It Up
Let’s examine a week’s worth of time.
Seven days a week multiplied by 24 hours a day equals 168 hours a week. Now, make a list of how you spend your time on a weekly basis. Try this quick audit. Write down how many weekly hours you spend on the following.
- Work (or committed volunteer time, if you’re retired)
- Family time
- Religious services or community involvements
Get the message? You have time. It’s up to you how to spend it.
Time for More Time
We’re not suggesting anyone devote their lives to the gym. There are plenty of ways to get your minimum amount of exercise in each week. You can mix and match, and even incorporate movement into daily life by taking the stairs, parking far from buildings, and walking the dog.
Make a fitness plan. Here are tips to stick with it:
- Choose convenience. Find a gym or studio that is close to you, and select a time that suits you. At BRAND FITNESS, we have 30 minute sessions that will get the job done!
- Work out with a friend, partner or group.
- Treat your workout time like any scheduled appointment. You wouldn’t casually blow off a doctor’s appointment. Give exercise the same importance. Our Small Group Training Program at BRAND FITNESS is appointment based ... keeping you accountable.
- Choose something fun. Studies (and common sense) tell us that people are more likely to make time for fitness when it’s something they enjoy.
- Forget about how you look and focus on how exercise makes you feel better – and live longer.
Try us for 14 days to see how you can fit this in. Make time for you and your body will thank you! Join our 14 day JUMPSTART to get you STARTED NOW