5 Common Excuses for Not Exercising

May 24, 2020 — Jt Spratley

Last updated on October 18, 2017

Health and fitness can be fun, but it is hard work. Which of these 5 excuses for not taking health and fitness seriously sound familiar to you?

I don’t have time

Yes, you do. You have time when you:

Watch TV,

Wait for a warm shower,

Take a lunch break,

And even sitting, or standing, at your desk. You can do push-ups, squats, and many calisthenic workouts with little to no equipment required at home or at the park while your kids play. If you’re serious, you’ll make time.

I don’t know what I’m doing

Personal trainers may not always be free but information is.

Need to see proper squat form? Check out ExRx.net or Barbell Shrugged YouTube Channel for technique videos.

Want a good leg workout? Check out Bodybuilding.com for free workout plans.

Want to get stronger? Check out my older post on strength training techniques.

Need to lose weight? Read my older post about losing weight.

The info is out there, but the most important things are to start, learn the difference between muscle soreness and pain, prioritize good form, always try to improve, and, most importantly, start now.

It’s too hard

What is?

Physically getting to the gym?

Lifting objects or your own bodyweight?

Pushing to better yourself physically and make your overall life easier to live?

Find your motivation and put it, a picture, or some other reminder of it somewhere you can see it daily – those smaller jeans, the photo of you at your target weight, etc. Find a workout partner. Sign up for a gym or personal trainer. Everyone has a different way of getting over that hump. By the way, after those first 1-3 weeks of starting to exercise again, that feeling you’ve been in a train wreck the morning after a workout subsides a good bit – faster if you do some cardio and stretch post-workout, maybe. Just don’t do too much too fast.

I don’t need to

“As long as I eat well, I’m good.”

“I walk a lot. That’s enough.”

Most people who tell me this don’t eat right, probably don’t even eat breakfast, and don’t walk nearly enough or on challenging terrain regularly. Regardless of the “why” that follows “I don’t need to because…”, its most likely an excuse. Sometimes, even medical and injury-related issues are used as justification.

Bad ankle and knee? You don’t need to stand for every exercise.

Shoulder pain? That won’t hinder bodyweight squats and lunges.

Talk to a dietitian, a physical therapist, or your physician’s assistant. Ask for options.

I don’t care

Okay. Why? Do you truly not care about the physical and mental benefits of regular exercise or do you tell yourself that to simplify one of the aforementioned reasons? Be honest with yourself. You can finish a good circuit training workout in 10 minutes. You can’t make that time every day? Every few days?


Which applies to you or that special someone you want to take their health more seriously?

What did I miss?

I await your feedback.

Tags: Health, Fitness