Time

There are 168 hours in a week! I constantly remind clients of this because too many of them don’t support their training with their lifestyle, they don’t see results, so they quit, and the most common reason clients give me for why they didn’t do their homework (daily mobility training at a bare minimum) is “I didn’t have time.”

Well, they had the time, (168 hours per week minus 9 hours per night for optimal sleep leaves 105 hours available), they just didn’t manage their time well, and/or their health and fitness is subordinated to more important priorities (like work or the kids). This is understandable, but if it continues for too long and if you’re serious about living a fit life, you should know that there is a way around this issue.

Here’s an easy plan: let’s start with your daily waking hours: subtracting optimal sleep you’ve got 15 hours to work with; ideally, you’re spending 1 hour per day maintaining your fitness, in one training session if possible. For one week, my time recommendations for the average client would be to spend 15 minutes minimum per day, seven days per week on mobility; 3-6 days per week on dedicated aerobic (cardio) work, and 2 or 3 days on strength training. If you cannot devote one continuous hour to work, divide your hour into four 15-minute quarters, then divide each quarter into three 5-minute chunks. Now you have twelve 5-minute chunks every day in which to stretch, move, breathe, and practice. At least it’s a good place to start.

Given this simple formula of time management, “I didn’t have time” isn’t really true, is it?

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