Fitting in Fitness for Professionals


            Being a young professional myself, out of college only a couple of years, I completely understand the demands of the everyday and feeling like there isn’t enough time in the day.  However, I’m here to tell you it is possible to make the time in your busy day for your mental and physical health.

            Working a 9-5 may seem like the entire day, but it’s not! I promise you it is not. If you take inventory of your time and write everything that you do down, you will see how much free time you actually have at your disposal. Let’s look at an example:


            If we tally the hours it’s 8 hours sleeping, 8 hours at work, and a generous 3 hours of work prep and eating. Let’s face it, when we get in a rhythm it doesn’t take 2 hours to get ready for work.  So, that leaves us with 5 hours of “free” time. This time could involve TV, reading, and general relaxing habits.

            Now let me ask you a question. What would happen if you took an hour away from your free time and dedicated it to your wellbeing? Would you even notice that missing hour of binge watching Netflix? Ok, you would? Then how about we wake up an hour earlier. There’s more than one way to skin this cat!

            It also does not have to be every day of the week. 2 to 3 days with an hour of weight training can help improve not only your muscular, skeletal, and cellular health, but also your cardiovascular health. That’s 3 hours out of a total of 25 “free” hours (only counting week days). That’s only 12% of your “free” time!

            Any way that you look at it, the time is there. Now if you’re still saying “I just don’t have the time” we all know that’s not true. Instead of saying that, let’s start saying “It’s not a priority right now.” Yeah, that’s better. Now we’re no longer making exicuses and we’re being honest with ourselves.

            It’s perfectly ok for it to not be a priority right now, but one day it will be a priority. I say make it a priority now because when that one day it is a priority arrives, you’ll look back and wish you had started sooner.

            Oh, but you can’t stay motivated? That’s where a trainer comes in to play. You don’t have to see them multiple times a week, but try to see them weekly. Make it a check up session where you guys recount the week and make sure you are staying on top of things.

            In conclusion, start now, you can make the time. If you need help, seek it out. You’re a professional now. Act like one! 

Andrew Shoemaker