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….

 

The Calculation:

 

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.

 

Silence……

 

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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