People always complain that they need to exercise more often, especially with it being an extremely important aspect of living a healthy life. But sometimes it can be difficult to find the time to exercise. What with work or school that takes up most of people’s times, than you had other commitments, exercise might be the last thing someone wants to do. There are many different recommendations for how much someone should exercise, but a common one is 30 min a day (here), which seems pretty easy to do, but there are many times when it can be difficult to accomplish, because it also takes time to get ready, commute to a gym or wherever you’re exercising, then get back home and freshen up. For my project I exercised every day, but not just for 30 min a day, but for 2 hours. I thought that if I could find the time to exercise for 2 hours, than most other people could find at least 30 min in their day. It wasn’t always easy to find 2 full hours, sometimes I had to break it up into two 1 hour sessions.
I started on a Sunday. Usually Sundays are my free days where I have the least going on, so I was able to work out for 2 hours straight. I went to the gym at my apartment and rode the bike for an hour. Then I lifted weights for the second hour. I mostly worked on my upper body, things such as arms, shoulders and chest. I felt fine afterwards thinking that this project shouldn’t be too difficult.
I woke up Monday and felt sore. I don’t exercise very often so when I do I usually feel a little sore the following day. But I still felt good enough to exercise. Monday I was definitely busier. I had a lot of classes spread out throughout the day. There was a block of free time in between one of my classes so I exercised at the school gym between two of my classes. There I ran on the tredmill for 45 min, than I got on the bike for 15 min. By then I had to go to class. At night after I got home I went back to my gym and used the weights to work on my legs for about a half an hour, for the last half hour I did some pull ups, push ups and sit ups. I was glad to be done after that.
I was even more sore on Tuesday. It was primarily from all the weights. Fortunately I got out of class early that day and I didn’t have work or anything that day, so I was able to go for a 2 hour bike ride. It also helped me feel less sore.
On Wednesday I wasn’t quite as sore as I was the day before. I felt like doing an exercise that was a little different. So I called up one of my friends and asked if he wanted to play some tennis, so I did that for 2 hours.
I was even less sore on Thursday. Thursday was another busy day for me. I knew I wasn’t even going to have much time to eat lunch. So I grabbed a protein bar and between two of my classes I went back to the school gym and ran on the olyptical for an hour and 15 min. I didn’t get back home until after midnight. I really felt like going to bed but I had some homework I needed to do and I still needed that other 45 min of exercise. So I slumped on to my gym and lifted weights primarily for my back, legs and arms. It was 1 a.m. by the time I finished.
Friday, home stretch. I really wasn’t that sore on this day, but I was pretty tired and didn’t feel like exercising that day, but I had to. Fortunately a couple of my friends asked me if I wanted to play basketball with them. I didn’t feel like it that much but I knew this would be a lot more fun than my traditional exercising. So I played with them for an hour which felt like 3. I was very tired afterwards but knew that I had work that night so I really wouldn’t have much more time to finish my 2 hours. So straight from the basketball courts I went on a jog for an hour. My legs felt like they were going to fall off when I finished, but I also thought to myself that I don’t know if I would have been able to do this just at the beginning of the week.
Finally, Saturday. My legs were a little sore, but not as much as I anticipated they would be. I didn’t have a lot going on during the day so I knew that is when I would do my exercising. I went on a bike ride for about an hour and a half. I got back to my apartment and decided to jump in the pool, which felt good. I then thought to myself that I should just finish my half hour here, so I swam laps for 30 min, which was the worst exercise of them all. But I felt good afterwards. Tired and sore and hungry, but good.
So by the end of the week I was rather surprised that I was able to complete my goal. Not only did my body hold up and I was able to stand up at the end, but my biggest concern was that I wasn’t going to be able to find the time to work out 2 hours a day. School takes up most of my time and especially around this time when I had a few papers and midterms I had to focus on, I also just started a new job, and to be honest I thoroughly enjoy just being lazy and watching TV or movies. But I know exercise is very important and I should continue to find the time to do more of it. Not necessarily 2 hours a day because that is a lot, but if I could do at least 30 min a day, I would be happy about that. That may sound difficult at first, but it shouldn’t be that hard to find 30 min each day. Even if I just want to watch a football game I could go to the gym and ride the bike for a little bit and watch the game there because there are TVs there. I talked with a couple of friends and asked if they work out on a regular basis. They both said not on a regular basis, one said she was too busy and the other said he was just lazy. I even asked a few people I saw at the gym and asked them the same question, they all said that no matter what they make time to go to the gym nearly every day. So in conclusion, if I am able to find the time to work out 2 hours a day, other people should be able to find at least a little time in their day to exercise as well. It doesn’t even have to be exercise either, it could be something like reading or writing a book or whatever it is, there is a way to create time in our days to do the important things, because it is worth it.