1440 Minutes in a Day
Updated: Jan 25, 2018
It just occurred to me that the gym in a neighboring town uses "1440" in its name and that there are 1440 minutes in a day. Hmm...I think they're onto something. I don't think this is any coincidence. Actually, I think it is just me not having a clue until now.
Anyway, I've been thinking lately about all of the time I waste on things that have no value. For instance, I scroll Facebook, Instagram, (insert other social media), etc. several times a day without a second thought. I thought about seeing how many minutes I spend doing this, but I decided I'd rather not know. I have recently fallen back into the habit of watching TV for an hour or two before I go to bed, which is probably due to it being winter and getting dark by 6pm.
The point is, we waste time and then we say we have no time to get in a workout. I strive to do something active every day. I love to run, but I sometimes do not get a chance to. If I don't have a chance to run or just don't feel like it, I at least try to go for a walk or do a short strength workout. Every minute counts. Fifteen minutes is better than no minutes.
I know everyone needs a little down time to do a little bit of nothing, but have you ever taken a look at all of the minutes that you actually do nothing of value? We all have excuses as to why we don't do the things that we should be doing with the most common excuse being not enough time.
Programming yourself to workout regularly really is a mindset. It is something you have to do yourself and you have to make yourself believe that you need it. Everyone can tell you that you need to work out and deep down you know it's probably a good idea, but so far you have gotten through each day without doing it, so what's another day? And another? And so on. It's easy to think like this and get into this trap. Before you know it, you've put on weight and your body does not move as well as it used to.
We have all of this time we are given every day to make something of that day. We've all heard "each day is a gift," and that is absolutely true. We would not be where we are now if it weren't for what we did yesterday, and the day before, and the day before. Just think if you would have started an exercise routine (even 15 minutes a day) a year ago. Today your body would look different and feel different. You would have made it part of your day and part of your lifestyle. You probably would have added several minutes to that 15 minutes, because it started to feel good. You probably could not see your life without that routine now...if only you would have used some of those minutes that one day you thought about it. If only you would have taken a walk every day for the last year. It doesn't sound that hard, does it?
Let's think about the minutes we have that are wasted every day or that could be found. Do you have something that can be cut out of your day that is not adding value to it? Do you have a routine that can be shortened? Do you have something that someone else (like your spouse) could help you with to free up some of your time? Could you get out of bed 15 minutes early to get in a few push-ups or squats? I bet you can find the minutes. We get quite a few every day to use up. It may not be ideal if it is right before you go to bed or on your lunch break, but they are YOUR minutes to choose what you will do with them.
You get 1440 minutes every single day to make the most of. Your body was designed to move. Don't let you body just sit when you have so many opportunities every day to get it active.
How will you use your one thousand, four hundred and forty minutes every day?
Disclaimer: I am not a professional; therefore, any information that I provide should not be taken as professional health advice but is my own personal opinion and from my own personal experiences.