168 Hours

Updated: Dec 9, 2019

There are 168 hours in a week. Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? It is, really. Today is going to be twofold; I’m going to explain why that’s important, and I’m going to tell you why your excuse of not having enough time is utter nonsense.


Let’s start with why it’s important. Say you go to the gym or see a personal trainer, and for arguments sake, you go once a week for an hour. That’s one hour, out of 168 hours. Now, some personal trainers are miracle workers, some training sessions are amazing, but nothing that happens in that solitary hour is going to have any real effect on your life, if your life doesn’t compliment that hour. It’s 1/168th of your week. It’s less than 1% of your week. Closer to 0.5%. So, you can see how what you do in the remaining 167 hours of that week, is vastly more important, and you really need to pay attention to it. Because you can undo any good work in a minute, let alone 10,000 of them!


And now we’ll move onto why not having enough time is bullshit. Let’s take that 168 hour week, and break it down. If you’re working two jobs, this may not apply to you. But I’m going to assume you commute to work, and not everybody does, so those of you that don’t can probably add about another ten free hours to your total. So, 7:00 till 19:00, twelve hours, five times a week. That’s sixty hours gone, so we’re down to 108. Sleeping, seven to eight hours a night, seven nights. That’s another 49 to 56 hours gone, and we’re down to over fifty hours. Fifty hours. Even with eating, and relaxing, are you honestly telling me you can’t find three hours out of fifty to do a bit of exercise? Because I’m calling bullshit. That’s 6%, of your free time. We spend an average of an hour and forty minutes a week going to the toilet, so…


There’s a lot more time in the week than you think, which can work to both our advantage and disadvantage. Plan your week better, make time for exercise, and also understand that what you do outside of that exercise probably has more of an impact on your life. You can do more in 167 hours, than you can in one. Seeya next week, or in 168 hours.


Dan Miller

Body Fuel Personal Fitness Trainer