No, We Do not All Have the Identical 24 Hours in a Day. This is Why.

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In case you’ve been following me for any size of time, you already know that I get actually upset once I suppose somebody is being taken benefit of, or if I see somebody making elitist and misguided judgements in opposition to anybody primarily based on their look or way of life.

That’s why, once I acquired the next Fb touch upon my 75Hard overview submit, I acquired somewhat bit upset:

“Nearly all of the inhabitants can’t hack a “silly problem” like this as a result of they do lack the self self-discipline and doubtless may gain advantage from a minimum of pushing previous sitting on the sofa each day.”

Only for a little bit of background, 75Hard is a health problem that’s basically a bunch of guidelines primarily based on nothing…simply what some man named Andy Frisella believes will ‘change your life.’

The principles embrace the whole lot from studying each day, exercising each day, being on some kind of eating regimen (he doesn’t say which eating regimen, you get to decide on), and taking chilly showers.

My argument in opposition to 75Hard and health/vitamin challenges usually (learn my submit about them right here) is that they’re punitive and haven’t any lasting worth. They don’t train folks something about their relationship with meals, and they are often bodily and emotionally dangerous.

However anyhow, I initially didn’t reply the remark that this woman left, as a result of eh…there have been a number of feedback, and typically if somebody posts one thing that I don’t agree with, I simply depart it. Individuals have the fitting to disagree with my content material, and why argue?

However weirdly, a couple of weeks later, I acquired referred to as out by somebody for not responding to that individual remark, so I informed the brand new commenter what I assumed:

I didn’t reply to the remark above as a result of I don’t agree with what she mentioned about ‘self self-discipline’ and ‘sitting on the sofa all day,’ which is disgustingly ableist. She informed me to ‘do my analysis,’ which, effectively, is fairly ignorant seeing because the precise analysis tells us that shaming folks into making modifications to their way of life and eating regimen doesn’t work.

Evidently, there was a little bit of a kerfuffle that included some feedback being deleted (not mine). Only a notice about that: I solely delete feedback in the event that they’re a legal responsibility, or they’re over-the-top impolite or disrespectful to me or to a different commenter. This doesn’t occur all that usually, surprisingly.

(Learn the submit and feedback on Fb right here)

You may be questioning what this trade between me and a follower (who I’m fairly positive now not follows me) has to do with the subject of us not all having the identical 24 hours in a day. 

Apart from the truth that her remark implies that fats folks do nothing however sit on the sofa all day, which makes steam come out of my ears, what she mentioned is similar to the that means behind the quote, “all of us have the identical 24 hours within the day.”


I’ve seen this 24 hours remark loads, particularly in problem and health circles. It drives me completely nuts.

Right here’s only a few graphics I pulled from on-line:

After I have a look at these graphics, all I see is blame and disgrace.

Am I alone? Is it simply me?

Somebody is sacrificing extra? 

No excuses?

Lack of path?


This stuff don’t even enter into the equation for a whole phase of the inhabitants. Posting or saying any of this reveals a whole lack of perception into the real-life struggles that others have. Not solely that, it rubs their faces into these struggles. 

I’m fairly positive that when somebody throws across the ‘similar 24 hours in a day’ factor, they’re simply making an attempt to make themselves really feel good by making different folks really feel like rubbish. And though they’re meant to be ‘inspirational,’ these sayings disgrace others into feeling as if they aren’t making an attempt exhausting sufficient to fulfill different peoples’ expectations for them.

Evidently, it’s no one’s job to fulfill YOUR expectations of the way you suppose they need to be operating their life. 

There are a number of explanation why somebody won’t work out, or be ‘profitable’ in finishing a problem like 75Hard, however I’m prepared to wager that none of those causes are easy. Individuals are complicated, and to sum them up in a blanket remark doesn’t do them justice, neither is it honest.

Positive, the legal guidelines of time apply to everybody. No person has 25 hours in a day. However actual life, not ‘excuses,’ can affect an individual’s capacity to simply ‘get off the sofa’ and stay a life that’s the stuff of an inspirational quote. 

Irrespective of how exhausting some folks work, life nonetheless challenges them past their capabilities.

Sure, there are all the time outliers, and their tales are those that make it into the media. Somebody who was dwelling with no operating water, depending on meals banks, and who’s now the CEO of some firm. 

Even some ‘eating regimen gurus’ have rags to riches tales. Individuals eat that sh*t up, and it’s nice for advertising and marketing and gross sales. 

However the majority of individuals have lives that gained’t prove that method, and that has nothing to do with their degree of motivation or the variety of hours of their day.

If it’s not a matter of ‘motivation’ and ‘grind,’ what creates obstacles in peoples’ lives that cease them from reaching monetary, well being, or health targets?

There will be many issues, however on this case, I need to discuss concerning the social determinants of well being. 

Social determinants of well being are outlined by the WHO as ‘non-medical elements that affect well being outcomes.’ 

They’re the sorts of issues that may throw a monkey wrench within the gears of even probably the most diligent of individuals. 

We’re not even speaking right here about these whose continual illness retains them from being lively and dwelling a ‘regular’ life, however SDH have an effect on them, too. It’s all related.

This 2014 examine outlines how Social Determinants of Well being are inextricably linked to well being outcomes.

So yeah, motivation doesn’t enter into it.

The social determinants of well being embrace:

Revenue and social safety




Working situations

Housing and atmosphere

Early childhood improvement

Social inclusion and non-discrimination: this will vary from having buddies to lean on throughout 

Structural battle

Entry to satisfactory well being providers

Unemployment and job insecurity

Meals insecurity

Put merely, all of us have completely different priorities and wishes.

Social Determinants of Well being are why people who find themselves decrease socioeconomic standing typically have poor well being in comparison with their extra prosperous counterparts.

Somebody who’s working a number of jobs, shifts, is on their toes all day, and/or is struggling to pay their hire won’t give a sh*t about your 75Hard problem. Their 24 hours are exhausting and irritating.

One other one that lives in a meals desert, or who’s struggling to afford meals in any respect, might be going to have a problem assembly the Whole30 pointers. It’s not that they ‘aren’t making an attempt exhausting sufficient.’ Their 24 hours are dedicated to placing meals on the desk as greatest they’ll.

How concerning the individual with a medical situation that saps their vitality, making them unable to work and even depart the home? Are they supposed to search out the ‘motivation’ to power themselves to be lively and ‘get off the sofa?’ Their 24 hours are spent making an attempt to manage.

These folks aren’t lazy, and so they don’t lack path or drive. Additionally they don’t have the identical 24 hours a day as somebody who outlets at Complete Meals and might afford another person to scrub their house (or who HAS a house) and watch their children.

They don’t even have the identical 24 hours as an individual who has a 9-5 job and a roof over their head.

These sayings are rage inducing for me, and I’m sitting right here penning this from a spot of utmost privilege. For somebody in a much less lucky scenario? I can’t even think about how insulting and demoralizing they’re.


We must always keep in mind that not everybody has the issues that almost all of us take without any consideration: time for meals preparation, having somebody to do the cleansing (or the time and vitality to do it ourselves), grocery buying, having the ability to take sick days, having the ability to get away from bed, getting access to and protection for medicines, and having the ability to earn a living from home.

These are all luxuries. 

We frequently know nothing concerning the individuals who see our content material or who we work together with on-line, so proclaiming that all of us have the identical 24 hours, or that they simply have to stand up off the sofa, or {that a} ‘problem’ is nice for them, will be actually off base. 

It’s additionally ableist: that’s, assuming that everybody is bodily and mentally ready. 


Your solely level of comparability needs to be your self. 

If you wish to do a problem, you do it. However please don’t disgrace folks for not doing it with you.

If you wish to eat natural meals, go proper forward. However please don’t say that everybody needs to be consuming that method.

Everybody has struggles that we could not find out about. What’s good for you, isn’t essentially good for another person. 





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