Manhattan Holistic Chamber of Commerce President Michele Risa

The Top 10 Most Common Exercise Excuses

Ask yourself this question: “What is your most frequent reason for NOT exercising?”  I asked my students and after pouring over the responses, here are the TOP 10 MOST COMMON EXERCISE EXCUSES.



A general sense of apathy. “I don’t really care about exercising. I work hard enough every day that I don’t need an exercise routine.”


Low on the priority list. “I have a lot of important responsibilities and exercise just isn’t a priority right now.”


Embarrassment. “I’m so out of shape, I’m afraid people will laugh at me at the gym.”


Health issues and/or chronic pain. “I’m sick and my body doesn’t want to move” or “I have a bad back, bad knees, etc., so I can’t work out without pain.” (This one might actually be a decent excuse – but are you doing anything to alleviate your pain besides taking medication?)


Lack of a routine or boredom with the current exercise routine. “I never know what to do at the gym.  I don’t like doing the same thing all the time.”


Location, location, location. “There just isn’t a gym that’s close to my work or home.”


Budget issues. “It’s just too expensive to join a gym and buy all the necessary gear (clothes, shoes, iPod, etc).”


Bad experience. “I had a bad experience at the gym (with a personal trainer, dirty gym, obnoxious members, etc).”


Lack of motivation. “I’m too tired to work out at the end of the day. I just don’t have the discipline to commit to an exercise program. Isn’t there a quick and easy way to get in shape and lose the weight?”


Don’t make the time. “With kids, a husband, a full time job and aging parents, I just don’t have the time to exercise. It’s not even on my radar at the end or the beginning of the day.”

Do you use any of these excuses when the topic of exercise comes up? If you’re not exercising, you’ve probably used some or all of these excuses at one time or another.

That’s a problem…not only because it means you’re not getting enough exercise, but also because your lack of action may be contributing to other unhealthy choices that affect your life.

Researchers from last week’s article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine suggest you help fight depression (and help fight procrastination) the all-natural way and try 30 minutes of moderate exercise.

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“Enjoy healthy!”

P.S. Don’t forget, let us know your response to: “What is your most frequent reason for NOT exercising?”

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