The internet would really like you to believe that you "have the same 24 hours in a day as Beyoncé." The more you scroll, the more you'll see "fitspo" posts and quotation memes encouraging you to optimize yourself, get off the internet, and go to the gym. The American Time Use Survey recently showed that Americans have an average of five hours of free time every day, and we're using it in front of screens. Commentators immediately started moaning — why aren't we using that time to exercise? Why can't Americans figure out how to use our time better?
Sure, the data says that people have enough time to exercise more, but what about all the other factors that make up a life — you know, like energy, priorities, and family commitments? Well, for all the other people that fill their weeks with real-life obligations, we have good news: It's totally okay if you can only hit the gym on the weekend.