How much do you think you work out? 4 times a week? Twice a day? Every other day? I hear people all the time saying, “I work out 4 times a week, but still can’t get rid of this belly.” Well, to be honest, that doesn’t shock me. My question to them would be, drumroll please…………. “what do you eat?” Want to know why? Because these people working out four days a week, really aren’t thinking about the rest of the week, when they aren’t working out. Let’s break this down. How many hours are there in a day? The answer would be 11. No, kidding. It’s 24, math wizards. How many days in a week? 7. Ok. So how many hours in a week? This answer took me about 3 weeks to figure out, but I got 168. Am I right? Ok, good. So let’s look at it like this. Said person works out 4 days a week, for an hour and a half each day. That ends up being 6 hours a week. This leaves you with 162 hours left of the week. Now, is your 6 hours a week going to combat against whatever you do the other 162? What exactly is it you are doing the other 162? Eating, working, sleeping, watching tv, putting your kids to bed, watching tv, looking on the internet, watching tv, and eating. But even before we go into that battle. Let’s first clarify how much you work out during each 1 and 1/2 hour session. Let’s say you get to the gym and do 25 minutes of cardio. Good for you. You go get a drink of water, and decide what sort of weight routing you are going to do, taking 5 or so minutes. We are up to 30 now. Let’s say you stretch for another 5 minutes. now we are up to 35. Ok. so you have a resistance training routine, where you do 10 exercises, 3 sets of each exercise with a minute rest between sets. Keeping it simple, thats 30 sets. If you are resting a minute between sets, that’s 30 minutes of REST during your hour and a half workout. So now your hour and a half has gone down to one hour, take away the 5 minutes to change from cardio to strength training, and 5 minutes to stretch, and now we are down to 50 minutes. So instead of 6 hours a week of working out, now we are really down to 3 hours and 20 minutes of actual workout time. I’m going to leave you with this, since I don’t want to do any more mathematics. 3 and 1/3 hours out of 168 hours in a week. How much are you really working out?
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