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.

A calling to wake up, to live, to move…

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

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.

What looks like a vault is actually a bedroom door. You have the combo, open it up, make a withdrawal…

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 310 minutes remaining for your TV viewing, though I doubt you will find anything worthwhile to watch.

So much has changed in the last 50 years, including our girth….

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

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 other 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 workout. You must take your own hand and lead yourself to the time that you choose to use — to make your life better with daily exercise.

Though we feel time controls us, I think we have the potential to control time…

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

10 responses

  1. I have thought about this very thing over and over again. I always tell people who say they can’t find the time to exercise, “We always make time for things that are important to us.”

    And then I remind them of how much time they spend reading the newspaper, watching television, standing around the water cooler, etc. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t!

  2. Such a great post & not much you can argue with there. You put it out there for them.. how to get that 30 minutes in! Although I will argue with you about TV. I do find things I like to watch on it & give me laughter & R&R BUT I do NOT sacrifice my workouts for it!

    You wrote: 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 workout. You must take your own hand and lead yourself to the time that you choose to use — to make your life better with daily exercise.

    SO TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Love your posts Roy!

  3. Excuse me for preaching to the choir, but the only thing easier than finding the time to do something that is important to you is to find an excuse for not doing what is not important to you!

    People are what they do, not what they say they do, or say they want to do or what they say they shouldn’t do.

    Someone commented on a CalorieLab post yesterday chastising people for not doing the healthy diet and exercise thing. They said,” How is something so elementary escaping so many of you?” as their closing statement. I thought, that’s not a closing question, that’s the elementary question that needs THE answer.

  4. “I say so often, what you are looking for is not to be found, but to be created.”

    I think this line may be one of the most meaningful things I have ever read. I am writing it down right now to post on my fridge!

  5. Diane: Seriously, I spent nearly an hour last night looking for “water cooler leaning people” clipart — there was none. That in itself, amazes me.

    Jody: You know, when I typed that sentence, I new it would be the one sentence I would regret, and almost took it out. Actually, down-time; TV, knitting, etc., can be very therapeutic, and that, too, contributes to one’s fitness level.

    Karen: “Can’t argue with that”, but still, people do — every single day!

    Dr.J: “People are what they do.” That may end up as a sign in my studio. True.

    Carla: Thank you for dropping in. In this instance, and it happens rarely, I have to give a writer’s credit to the late John Hughes; that sentence was the closing line from his movie, She’s Having A Baby. One of those lines I truly wish I had written. myself, but did not. It’s meaning though, never escapes me.

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