How Much Are You Really Working Out?

How Much Do You Workout?

You may think you are working out a LOT! But if you look at the percentage of your lifespan, it’s probably not very much.

A Global Study By Reebok

I came across an article on the internet the other day that from a global study done by Reebok. The study found that the average human spends less than 1 percent of his or her entire life exercising! 0.69% to be exact.

The Reebok study is part of their 25,915 days campaign, which is named for the number of days in the average human lifespan of 71 years. The campaign has a great commercial that is focusing on a female runner’s life in reverse. The video, which integrates local female runners of various ages rather than athletes and models, is a (literal) step in the right direction for the struggling company, and has already received more than 750,000 online views since its launch three months ago!

Only in the final shot of a freshly swaddled newborn and the message “25,915 Days in the Life of the Average Human” do we understand that we’ve been watching the highlight reel of her lifelong fitness journey in reverse.

Some Survey Data

The survey data came from more than 90,000 respondents in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Mexico, Russia, Korea, and Spain. In terms of days we spend on specific activities, here is what Reebok found:

  • Exercise: 180 days
  • Looking at tech device: 10,625 days
  • Sitting down: 7,709 days
  • Socializing with family and friends: 1,765 days

Live life to the fullest because tomorrow is never promised

There’s no shortage of meme-worthy motivational quotes that address this last point:

  • “Live life to the fullest because tomorrow is never promised.”
  • “We all have two lives. The second one starts when we realize we only have one.”
  • “YOLO!”

They’re all within my own comfort zone, as they say “honor your days” without getting too close to death, a topic that most of us prefer to ignore until we’re forced to confront it. But is looking at the timeline of our lives with a finite perspective not only more realistic but ultimately also more beneficial?

We admire those who have been told they have six months to live and then go on to bravely tick off every last item on their bucket lists. But it was only once they gained certainty of their “number” that they started to get serious about their goals. Maybe our euphemisms, while comforting, are actually holding us back. Official prognosis or not. Our days are numbered — perhaps we should be living them with that in mind.

How to Make A Change For The Better

I think we can all agree that the hard part with exercising is staying motivated. I totally understand and I go through this every so often. I try to remind myself by following a few simple rules that allow me to keep on track of my goals so I can continue to be encouraged with my exercising.

Exercising benefits:

  • Your overall health
  • Reduces stress
  • Aids in disease prevention

Those ought to motivate you to start making a change for the better!

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