In our seminars for weight-management and healthy lifestyle, we like to pass along a little calculation during our opening remarks.
We ask the audience these specific questions:
- How many of you consistently workout 7 days a week..?
A very small number of hands go up….
- How many of you consistently workout at least 5 days a week..?
More hands go up…
- How many of you consistently workout at least 3 days a week..?
Even more hands go up….
Then, we tell the audience that we are going to take the middle group (5-days a week) and make a calculation.
“If you workout five days a week — and we know that statistically your workouts last approximately 60-minutes — then that’s 5 hours per week. Now, there are 168 hours in a week.
You take 5 hours and divide it by 168 to get just under 3%. So, even for those of you who we would consider “highly motivated fitness enthusiasts” – you are spending less than 3% of your time working out.
Yes, that’s when the audience falls dead silent as they comprehend the calculation.
Honestly, you could hear a pin drop!
You can see it in their eyes… “What… can that be right? “
It’s funny when you put numbers to things.
Into the Presentation
That’s when you have their attention. We usually follow up that calculation with this statement:
“So, tonight, we are going to talk about what you’re doing the other 97% of your time. That includes eating, sleeping, working and playing.”
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