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7 Excuses that Get in the Way of Exercise

Updated on January 15, 2014
What is your excuse for not exercising?
What is your excuse for not exercising? | Source

Exercise is an essential part of healthy living. If you want to lose weight and look or feel better, you must work out on a regular basis.

Have you found your motivation for exercise? If so, it’s time to get rid of the excuses that so often get in the way of regular workouts.

Some people say they are too tired to exercise, or they have physical limitations that restrict their choices. Others claim they are too busy to fit exercise into their daily routine. Still others cannot afford a gym membership or exercise gear.

Despite a world of excuses, many people manage regular workouts even with chronic pain or busy schedules. How do they manage? They make time for the things that matter to them, and exercise matters.

Excuses are common and familiar; they let you keep living the way you are living, without having to change or make choices. Excuses allow you to feel better about not doing something you know you should be doing. If you want to accomplish your fitness goals, you have to get rid of the stall tactics.

Here are seven excuses that get in the way of exercise, along with tips for sending them to the scrap heap. What is your excuse for not exercising, and what are you going to do about it?

1. I Don’t Like to Exercise

Do you enjoy brushing your teeth? Probably not, but you do it daily to avoid a trip to the dentist.

Bob Greene, an American exercise physiologist and personal trainer, compares exercise to brushing your teeth; you do it because you must.

To make it less of a chore, find a fun activity that will keep you motivated. From walking to yoga to Zumba, when it comes to exercise, there really is something for everyone.

2. I’m Too Tired to Exercise

Fatigue makes you too tired for exercise, but inactivity makes you even more tired; it’s a vicious cycle.

Tiredness often indicates a problem, such as a physical condition or mood issue. Interestingly, the thing that keeps you from exercising may also cause your fatigue.

Exercise gives you an energy boost and helps you face your problems so you can do something about them.

3. I Don't Have the Time

Work, school, relationships, home -- life is a juggling act. Yet, somehow, you make time for the things that matter. If you’re too busy to exercise, you haven’t made it a priority.

To work exercise into your schedule, you must be efficient. Plan your day during a morning walk, or de-stress with an evening workout. Fit exercise into your lunch break, if you must. As your fitness improves, so will your energy level, and you will get more done at a faster pace.

Physical exercise is good for the heart.
Physical exercise is good for the heart. | Source

4. I Have a Medical Condition

Arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and other conditions may limit your exercise options. But many chronic conditions benefit from physical activity.

Exercise offers symptom relief for a variety of health ills. Your doctor or physical therapist can recommend safe and effective exercises for your specific condition.

5. I Have an Injury

An injury can sideline you for a while, but a gradual return to exercise will help the recovery process.

Exercise increases blood flow to the injured area and strengthens the surrounding muscles. It encourages flexibility and helps maintain range of motion.

Don’t exercise through the pain, but do stay active. Let your doctor or physical therapist guide you.

6. I Don’t Know What to Do

Are you having trouble finding the right exercise? The best workouts combine stretching, strength training, and aerobic activity.

Try different activities until you find one that you like. You're more apt to stick with exercise if you enjoy it.

Unstructured exercise, like walking across a parking lot or climbing stairs instead of taking the elevator, is also important. If these informal activities are all you can do, buy a pedometer and log a few miles every day. If you're trying to lose weight, a mobile calorie counter can help you track your progress.

7. I Just Don’t See Results

Are you trying to lose weight? When you start an exercise program, you won’t see immediate results. In fact, you may carry more water weight for a while. This can disguise the fact that you’re losing fat.

Fitness trainers suggest avoiding the scale early in your workout program. Your clothes are a better gauge of progress; they will likely fit looser.

In addition to weight loss, your body will benefit from exercise in other ways. From better muscle tone to healthier skin, exercise offers many healing benefits that you may not notice at first. Don’t give up; in time, you will see and feel the results.

Your Turn

What is your excuse for not exercising? Leave a comment and join the discussion. If you like this article, please share it with your social networks.

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Medical Disclaimer

The information presented in this article is not intended as health or medical advice, nor is it a substitute for diagnosis or treatment by a qualified medical professional.

© 2013 Annette R. Smith


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      Annette R. Smith 3 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Hi, Mothers of Nations. You're right: Something is better than nothing. But I'm sure you get plenty of exercise with your little one, too!

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      Mothers of Nations 3 years ago

      The usual is my little one jumping all over me lol can't really work out like that... However, I've made up my mind to do something, start somewhere - however long, something is better than nothing... and hopefully it'll become a routine!

      God bless you...

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      Annette R. Smith 4 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Thank you, Casey. I'm glad you liked my list of exercise excuses! Not having time is a popular one, and it really requires a mindset change. Thanks again for the comment. I appreciate your input!

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      Casimiro 4 years ago

      Excellent list of excuses! LOL. I like the one about not having time the best. A person will have plenty of time later, when their health fails and they are laying on their back, because they didn't pay it forward by taking the time to do a little exercise.

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      Annette R. Smith 4 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Isn't it, though? Thanks for the compliment, jandee! I appreciate your stopping by.

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      jandee 4 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Hello Annette,funny how we try to make a deal with ourselves to squiggle out of exercise,nice write,

      best from jandee

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      Annette R. Smith 4 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Hi, Mark. Motivation is the key for many of us, I think. Thanks so much for reading my exercise hub and taking a minute to comment.

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      nuffsaidstan 4 years ago

      Getting motivated is my problem, i think it helps if you have something to aim for like looking good for a party or wedding you are going to be attending, nice hub

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      Annette R. Smith 4 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      You're right, Dianna. Making time to exercise is so worth it, not only for the physical and emotional benefits but also for the spiritual ones. My morning walk is also my "quiet time" for prayer and reflection, and I miss that when I miss a workout.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      My number one excuse for excercise was "don't have time" and it is easy to understand when a person works. However, making time is so worth it and pays off eventually.

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      Annette R. Smith 4 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Thank you, Missy. So glad you enjoyed it. Here's to a happy and healthy new year!

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      Missy 4 years ago from London

      Great motivational hub! I just wish I couldn't think of another load of excuses that get in the way when I think about exercising.

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      Annette R. Smith 4 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      So true, DreamerMeg. I learn so much from my research, and HubPages makes it fun to share it with others.

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      DreamerMeg 4 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Funny, isn't it? You write a hub for others and find that it works on you too. I don't know how often that has happened to me. :)

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      Annette R. Smith 4 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Thank you, Lil Ms KnowItAll. These tips are a good reminder for me as much as anyone. I'm glad you enjoyed the article. Thanks for the vote up!

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      Lil Ms KnowItAll 4 years ago

      Awesome hub, very informative. Voted up!