I Don't Have Time To Work Out!
Updated: May 21
“I don’t have time to work out!”
This common refrain annoys me so much that I feel compelled to address it once and for all.
Our ever-changing economy, culture, and schedule no longer allow one to assume that everyone has a 9-5 job and is off on weekends. However, we CAN still safely assume that we each have 24 hours each day and seven days in each week.
If you sleep for eight hours each night, you are still left with 16 hours each day. Assuming that you leave for work at 8AM and return at 6PM due to an hour long commute, you are in an excellent position to be productive outside of work. Before you even arrive at work, you can easily utilize your hour-long commute in a very productive way. Lately, I have been using my commute to listen to educational podcasts, audio-books, YouTube videos, or music in a language I’m learning. If you spend even a few minutes a day passively learning, you would be surprised how much you could learn during otherwise unproductive time.
Once you return from work, you might have anywhere between two and six hours (or more) before you need to sleep. In general, you could spend ample time with family, eat dinner, relax with a beer and even an entire football game, and still get in a good workout at the gym or at home. Ideally, you could work out at a gym, where you're less likely to be distracted and more likely to be motivated. If you have to work out at home, I recommend trying to work out with your spouse, for a multitude of reasons (motivate each other, teach each other, bonding, fun). In the most extreme case, you might literally be busy for 23 hours and 52 minutes every single day. If you only have eight minutes to work out each day, you can still get in a great work out.
Try something right now:
Get some sort of stopwatch or timer and set it for a minute. Then do as many burpees (with max vert jumps) as you can in 60 seconds.
What was the result?
If you're anything like me, you were totally wiped in under 30 seconds.
In addition to burpees, jump rope, squats, jumping lunges, sprints, sparring, and many more workouts can totally wear you out in a matter of seconds. If you do 8 minutes of all-out explosive/intense workouts each day, you’d get in phenomenal shape pretty quickly.
Of course, I am of the opinion that anyone who manages their time even somewhat decently could easily find 5-10 hours a week to work out. You have more time than you think. Without boasting too much, I can tell you that I work an average of 60 hours each week, I am the editor-in-chief and manager of a decently large publication, I am a boxer and personal trainer, a devoted fiance, a novice musician, and I am studying three languages, among many other ventures. I get a lot done every day, and I still waste WAY too much time arguing on Facebook and wandering around YouTube aimlessly. If I managed my time a little better, I’d be mega-successful and probably wealthier and much more fit. If you manage your time a little better and focus for a few minutes each day, you can easily get in a great workout 7 days a week.