Struggling to Find Time to Train?

Cody in Cody’s Kingdom.

Cody in Cody’s Kingdom.

Are you finding it challenging to train during the week? Between work, family, dinner, and other plans, it can be difficult to find enough time in the day to train. But is that poor time management or is it truly a lack of time? Let’s go through a little exercise on time management to see where all of your time is going.

 There are 24 hours in a day and seven days a week, which totals 168 hours total. All of these upcoming numbers will be hypothetical and won’t work for everybody, but it can be easily modified to each individual. For this example we will pretend that you work 5 days a week and have a family. Since work seems to consume most of our time during the week let’s start with that. Let’s say you work 60 hours in the week and it takes you 2 hours of total drive time to get to and from work. This brings your total hours left to 98 hours. You need to spend time with your family, so let’s give 20 hours to that for the week and this means good quality time. If you’re on your phone in a room with your family you’re not spending quality time with them. Talk to them, do an activity everybody loves and eat dinner together without the phones. After the family time is taken out we now have 78 hours left. Next, everybody has to sleep and let’s assign 8 hours of sleep per night. Only 22 hours left!

You have taken care of the biggest time totals, so what else is there? Let’s not forget about food or getting the kids to their extracurricular activities or getting ready for work! For grocery shopping and making meals we’ll go with 4 hours for the week.  Most people have kids that are in extracurricular activities, so we’ll shed out an extra 4 hours for taking them to and from practices as well as five hours for getting ready during the week. Guess how many hours you have left? A whooping 9 hours! That’s more than enough time to get a few good exercise sessions in and you’ll even have some extra time to accomplish other things or to take care of something that comes up out of the blue.

 I will tell most beginners to only work out 2-3 times per week for 1 hour. For more advanced clients I will have them work out 5-6 times for 1.5 hours. Even if you trained six days per week for 1.5 hours you still can get all of your workouts in. Most people aren’t considered advanced, so there is even more available time for them. Why are people saying they don’t have enough time? I have an idea! Too much wasted time on social media, watching T.V. or sitting on their phones; and here’s the kicker. Most people don’t work 60 hours a week, or need travel time to and from work for 2 hours each day. A lot of people will also say they don’t sleep 8 hours every night. You can also save yourself time by making a plan before going to the grocery store and cooking. Time isn’t an obstacle. It’s a time management issue. It all comes down to how much you want to live a healthy lifestyle. Only you can change your life, no one else can do it for you.

-Cody Tweeten, CSCS, EPc, XPS

B.S. Kinesiology and Health Promotion

Head Strength Coach

Andrew Nielsen