Not Enough Time


  Assuming the sun rises on a given day, we will be blessed with 1440 minutes to live, give, and to complete the tasks of our day. If but 30 of those minutes were given to exercise, you would still have 1410 minutes remaining to live, give, and to complete those tasks.

Still, many say feel they don’t have time to exercise. 

the weight of time surrounds us...
The weight of time surrounds us…

The average person sleeps for 460 minutes per day – a grand bank of time to be sure. Withdraw just 30 minutes from that account for your exercise, and you are still left with 430 minutes to spend on your sleep – nearly twice the sleep that the human body needs. Now add-in the increased energy and productivity that comes with daily exercise, and a more efficient day will be at hand.

Sleep = time in the bank.  Its okay to make a withdrawel here and there; thats the function of savings...
Sleep = time in the bank. It’s okay to make a withdrawel here and there; that’s the purpose of savings…

Still, many say feel they don’t have time to exercise.

 The average American will spend 360 minutes every day watching television, socializing, or engaged in leisure activities such as computer solitaire, XBox, knitting, or whatever. These may bring about relaxation and escape, but will do little to promote increased energy, self confidence, and improved health. Subtract 30 minutes for exercise from this time and you will still have 150 minutes remaining for your TV viewing, though I doubt you will find anything worthwhile to watch.

Still, many say feel they don’t have time to exercise.

What else could this guy be doing...?
What else could this guy be doing…?

Don’t want to miss American Idol or the latest police drama series? In this instance you can actually combine TV and exercise – for real. I do it all the time. Sports Center is my core training and balancing time. Stuart Scott amuses me while my low back gets strengthened, and my body gets stretched. That’s a lie; Stuart Scott isn’t funny.

 The average American spends 330 minutes doing little things each day such as eating, drinking, shopping, and general dilly-dallying. I’ll bet with a little planning these could be done in less than 300 minutes, and you could eliminate dilly-dallying altogether. More exercise time has just been made.

 From simple math, we can see at least 90 minutes of time from which 30 minutes of daily exercise can be had.

 Still, many say feel they don’t have time to exercise.

There is time to exercise – lots of time. It can’t be found though, it can only be made; taken from the bank of time you use for the less productive aspects of your life. I say so often, what you are looking for is not to be found, but to be created. Your exercise time will not take you by the hand and lead you to the gym. You must take your own hand and lead yourself to the time that you choose to make your life better with daily exercise.

And ah, if the sun doesn’t rise? Don’t sweat the caramel frapacinno – it will be the least of your worries.

3 responses

  1. *salutes*

    Well said. I really despise the unnecessary excuses people give for not having enough time to exercise. There’s always time. I rather make all the people around me, in and out the gym, clients, past boyfriends and current associates say that they’re lazy. It works after I drill their head to the point of no return. All people want is play time. I wish the majority of the population perceived working out as Play Time.

    I will never understand why people don’t want to improve their way of life physically from the inside out or why don’t they see that the best and quickest way to bring up one’s self-esteem/value and confidence is through exercise? If there’s one line that hit me like a ton of bricks from this great piece of writing it’s this: “What you are looking for is not to be found, but to be created.” I must apply this to every aspect of my life. A work in progress..

    Thank you!

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