A Workout Is Not 4% of your Day

Monday, May 08, 2017 • Canton, OH 44702

Recently I've been seeing more and more social media posts talking about how a workout is only 4% of your day. That's great! Yet it isn't true.


When you do the math 1 hour is 4.16% of your day.... so a 1 hour workout is 4% right? Not exactly, and here's why. The recommend amount of sleep for adults is 7-9 hours. Break down a 24 hour day and 8 hours is 1/3 of your day, so 33% of day you cannot workout.


Next, most have jobs which typically are 8 hours. I understand some work more and some less, yet the typical work day is 8 hours. Oh another 33% of your day gone.


Just with sleep and work ⅔ of our days are gone. Now you only have 33% free or 8 hours.


Yet you probably have even less than 8 hours of free time. There are certain things we do that take up time. Most likely you don’t wake up and walk into work. You have to clean up, get dressed, maybe do makeup and more.  For some this could easily be a hour of their day. Then many eat or make food. Make breakfast, more time taken up. Pack lunch for later in the day… more time taken up. Making food could easily take an hour. You don’t eat, hah no we all eat. If you go out to eat you still take time driving to get food and then waiting in line. Oh speaking of driving most likely you have a commute. Average US commute time is more than 25 minutes and that is one way!


Your work day is done, you’re back at your place and now you have 4-5 hours to workout. Yet you’ll probably do some socialization. This might be by text, by call, face to face, or social media. For some socialization might take up an hour.


All ready for a workout? Do you have children? Having children is a full time job itself. If you find the time to get a workout in, those who say they don’t have time have 0 excuses.


With everything said and done, if you do a 1 hour workout you should give yourself a high 4! A high 4 is much better than a 5 considering you’ve beaten the 4% rule. A one hour workout is much more than 4% once you’ve broken everything down. Also keep in mind that you don’t need a 1 hour workout to receive benefits. HIIT workouts have been shown to be better/just as effective as longer workouts.


If you get a workout in today give yourself a pat on the back…...or a high 4! That workout whatever time it is, is much more than 4%.