I originally wrote this post back in July 2011 and thought I might update it some, especially since some of my math was incorrect. Oops. (Not the 2% part though).
I am guilty, like a lot of people, of claiming that there just isn’t enough time in the day/week to exercise. Per the Mayo Clinic, everyone should “aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day.” So, I started playing with some math.
There are 10,080 minutes in a week (7 days x 24 hours x 60 minutes). If you work out 30 minutes a day, 7 days a week that is 210 minutes. That is only 2% of the minutes available in a week.
So, to put this in perspective and break down even further:
If you work 8 hours per day, 5 days a week – that is 24% of your week.
If you sleep 7 hours per day, 7 days a week – that is 29% of your week.
That totals only 53% of your week. Just a little over half.
Where are you spending that other 47% of time? Yes. I know you have to eat, get ready for work, run errands, get kids to school, watch TV, etc., etc. And the list goes on and on.
Surely you (and I) can find 2% of our time for exercise. You are worth it! I am worth it! And our bodies need it!
Looking at these numbers has re-motivated me to do my 210 (or more) minutes per week. Maybe instead of 30 minutes per day, you do 42 minutes for 5 days. Find the exercise schedule that works for you. Or maybe you break that 30 minutes per day into three 10 minute segments per day. Just MOVE!
You also have to find the right exercise for you. Some possibilities:
- Strength training
- And TONS of more options
Share your workouts on twitter and use hashtag #twopercent!
Are you worth 2%? Will you find the time in your schedule? How do you schedule your workouts? Do you track how many minutes you work out per week?
Have a healthy day!