One of the most common reasons that I hear for someone, not training is that they do not have TIME.
“I have no time to go to the gym.”
“I have no time to workout.”
“I’m so busy.”
“All my time is taken.”
These excuses are more bogus than Milli Vanilli and I want to share why.
Training for the average person is not a process that requires multiple hours a day for 5-7 days a week. That would be more along the lines of what an athlete or bodybuilder would do.
Training for the average person requires 2-3 days a week and those training sessions can be anywhere from 25-40 minutes to be in good shape if you have a progressive strength program.
Let’s look at the numbers.
There are 7 days in a week. There are 24 hours in a day. Each week has exactly 168 available hours to do what you need to do.
This is more than enough time to train but some folks still do not see it. Let’s break it down some more.
Let’s say you work 50 hours a week. You drive 30 minutes to and from work for an hour of drive time each day. You have now used up 55 hours of your 168 allotted hours.
Now you have to sleep so I’ll give you an average of 7 hours of sleep each day. This would equate to 49 hours of sleep during the week. You now have used 104 hours of your allotted 168 hours.
Let’s say you have a family. You need to devote time to your children and your spouse. Let’s say for an average of 3 hours each day you are giving time to the kids and your spouse.
This would equate to 21 hours over a week. You have now used 125 hours of your allotted 168 hours.
And finally, let’s add in time to eat. Let’s say your meals take 15-20 minutes to prepare and about 20-30 minutes to eat.
Let’s say you average 3 meals a day. We will round this up to 3 hours a day on meals. This now puts you at 146 hours used of your allotted 168 hours in the week.
So when I break it down we have 146 hours a week that will be used every week on things that need to be done. The essentials. Family, Sleep, Eating, and Work.
Remember earlier I stated that to be in general shape you would need 2-3 training sessions a week ranging from 25-40 minutes to be in good shape.
Even at the maximum rate, you would still have over 20 hours of free time in your week. Even if I bumped your work to 60 hours a week, you would still have 12 hours a week to train.
That is MORE than enough time to train!
Even at my maximum training weeks during contest prep or event prep, I typically train 5-7 days a week and 45-90 minutes depending on if I do conditioning afterward.
If I bump this up to the maximum rate which would be 90 minutes a day for 7 days a week it would equate to 10.5 hours a week of training. And this specific contest prep or event prep training.
The average person will not every have to train at a frequency like that to into good shape.
I would only use such a protocol very sparingly and even I do not train at that rate for more than 1 month!
So I have broken this down to the core. The real questions that remain are simple.
Are you really as busy as you say? Are you really struggling to find time to workout?
You have to look at your life and decide what is important. The biggest time wasters in the world are excessive time in front of the TV and on social media.
All that time spent watching “reality TV” which features catty women fighting over nothing leads where? It leads to
All that time spent liking every scantily-clad phit vixens’ picture on your feed leads you where? It leads to nowhere and it takes time away from what should be important.
Remember your training does not have to be done in a gym to get into good shape. Before I got serious with the iron I lived at open fields.
You can train at your home or take a ride over to the park or track. It is 2014 and there are many training DVD’s out here that will help guide you to getting into decent shape.
I do not care if it is P90x, the Men’s Health 60 day challenge, Insanity, a YouTube series or any other popular workout. All I care about is that you stop making this fake hustle excuse about you not having enough time and begin to put a priority on your health.
When your health starts fading so does your quality of life.
When your quality of life fades you are no longer living. You are just existing.
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