A post from Holly G., our CMF Fitness Coach:
168 hours. 168 excuses. Each week, the clock ticks and tocks around its beautiful face reminding us of how precious time is. Many of us fill the hours with meaningful jobs, parenting duties, and after-school activities. Many of us use our busy schedule as an excuse to not schedule time for exercise. I’ve heard the complaints: there aren’t enough hours in the day, I’m too tired, my child is sick, I’m bloated, etc.
Ladies(and gentlemen), all you have is time, and plenty of it if you prepare and plan. Choosing to implement time for a workout is a choice. Life is filled with choices and many people choose to avoid the dreaded “workout,” hence the excuses. I’ve calculated how much free time you actually do have to prove my point.
Ready? And these are estimates… here goes:
In a 168 hour week, you’ll spend:
40 hours of work(outside of home)
2 hours of commute time(that’s super-generous)
49 hours of sleep(generous amount)
6 hours doing household chores/errands
25 hours doing kid shenanigans
6 hours of After school activities
4 hours eating
10 hours of miscellaneous stuff
If my math is correct I’ve calculated 142 hours consumed each week. That leaves each of us roughly 26 hours of “free” time.
I’m asking(read: begging) each of you to dedicate 3-5 hours each week to exercise. I promise you it will be the best investment you make. When you feel good about yourself, it translates to every corner of your life. Everyone benefits from a healthy and happy mom (and dad). Plus, you show your kids the importance of an active life. What could be better?
****Have any comments, feedback, or topics that you’d like to see Holly give advice on? Leave a comment below! She’ll be answering any questions you have and would love to hear what you’d like to see her blog about! For more great posts from Holly, click here.****