Great Excuses to Not Work Out

By , SparkPeople Blogger
I've heard every excuse in the book and even tried some of them myself. Exercise…who needs it? You do! Here are some of the best excuses ever to skip a workout. Let's see how great they really are!
I'm in horrible shape.
That may be true, so if that's the way you want to remain, don't work out today. People who are in shape get that way by exercising. Regularly. No, they were not born with six packs.
I don't like it.
I don't like a lot of things—flossing my teeth, waking up to an alarm, paying bills—but I still do them. Be the mature grownup that you are and do the things you know you should or have to do even if you don't like them. A lot of things worth doing aren't always fun or enjoyable. (And hey, if I can learn to love vegetables, you can learn to love/like/tolerate exercise.)
I can't afford it.
Your body is yours and moving it is generally free unless you want to get all fancy. Here are 25 ways to get fit for $25 or less (many of them free), plus over 50 free workout videos. Better yet, just get out the door and walk.
I don't want to mess up my hair.
What is really more important: How your hair looks or how your body looks, feels and performs?

I just worked out yesterday.
Good for you! That means you're able and equipped to do it again today!
I don't know what I'm doing.
You also didn't know how to walk, drive a car, live away from home, do your job or raise a child until you just did it. Like many things in life, you can and will figure it out. Start simple. Just do it.
I'm don't need to work out as long as I'm dieting.
If you don’t want to work out, plan to get about half the results from dieting alone and be twice as hungry. Here's why. Let's also not forget that there are far more reasons to exercise than weight-loss alone: stronger bones, improved health, better appearance, improved posture, less pain, and so on.
I'm too tired.
Chances are that you'll feel more energized after you exercise than if you skip it altogether. But that feeling of guilt you'll have for skipping your workout will last longer than the tiredness you feel when your alarm goes off in the morning.  
I heard exercise really isn't that good for you.
Well I heard that rubbing mud on your stomach will burn belly fat! (Just because you hear something doesn't mean it's true.)
It takes too long.
Exercise creates time because you have more energy to get things done and a longer, healthier lifespan in which to do more with your life. Or you can just skip it and shorten your life and decrease your mobility and independence—all in an effort to save time in the present. Does that seem like a fair trade? Everyone has 10 minutes--and that's all it takes.
I'm not athletic.
If you're sitting there making excuses not to work out, that's probably true. Athletes don't skip their workouts. The good news is there is an athletic person within each of us. It's just that some of us are in training and some aren't. Think like an athlete and don't make excuses to skip your training. Soon enough, you'll unleash your inner athlete, too!
I have to work.
Regular exercisers tend to move up the corporate ladder and earn more money than people who don't work out.  If you really can't get away from the overtime, squeeze in more activity with these workday fitness boosters.
I've got better things to do.
What's better than taking care of yourself so that you can be your best at everything you do?
I don't want everyone looking at me.
Everyone else is too busy paying attention to themselves to even notice you. And even if they do look at you, so what? People look at you, think things about you and silently judge you all day long, exercising or not. Repeat this to yourself: "If someone has a problem with me, it's their problem—not mine."
I don't like to sweat.
Sweat is sexy! Sweat is strong! You don't have to like it, but you do have to accept it as a given for most workouts. Or at least try these 8 workouts you'll love if you hate to sweat.
I don't look good in spandex.
Spandex is not a requirement for exercise. Unless you're still wearing workout clothes from 1983, in which case a little workout wardrobe update is in order. Wear whatever you do feel good in—and it doesn't have to be fitted to allow you to move.
I don't have the right shoes.
Try a barefoot workout like yoga or Pilates!
I don't want to take ANOTHER shower today.
Next time, plan your workouts around your ideal shower-and-get-ready schedule, or try these quick and easy post-workout refreshers for when showering isn't viable.
I'm too busy.
Then why are you sitting here reading this? Get up and move! (And consider this: Someone busier than you is working out right now.)
By now I think you can tell that there really are no good excuses for skipping your workout. But I'd still love to hear the best (or funniest) workout excuses you've ever used (or heard from someone else). Share yours in the comments below—and try to counter it if you can!

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My list of excuses doesn’t seem to have an ending point and exhaustion seems to drive it. I don’t allow any time for the excuses to start. When my exercise window pops up, I just do it without thinking or hesitating. Kind of like when I’m at the pool...I don’t first test the water...I just jump in. It’s always cold for about the first 2 minutes. I expect that. No surprise there. It’s the same with exercise. Let’s just do it. Our bodies love it! Report
LITTLERAIN1 10/13/2020
I get injuries when I try to workout. That's my best excuse! But I know it's just as hollow as the others. I just have to start slower and find workouts that i can do without injury. However, it does make it harder to work out when you're in very bad shape. You have to give me that one. Report
GMACAMI 10/11/2020
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MSMILEON 8/25/2020
Okay, my excuse is that I can't do many of them, I can't get my body to do what they are asking and I feel foolish as I have to stand there while everybody else does it. Also, I don't like pain😔! Report
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All of us make excuses! We can and will Do It! Report
Thanks for the great article! :) Report
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Anyone can make excuses! You can do it! Report
Either if you want to do something or you do, you will or won't. Report
Ive worked out being in pain and even sick before. The only time I dont work out as much is when my sons out if school fora day. Report
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Anyone can make an excuse. Thanks for sharing! Report
Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. - CHIEF TECUMSEH ~ 4/17/18 Report
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Love this article. Makes me realize that I actually don't have any excuses. I just get on the treadmill and start walking. Report
You're one tough cookie, Nicole! I don't think you left a centimeter of wiggle room for these excuses! Report
I love Zumba but at this point cannot afford classes (grad student on a tight budget). I discovered Zumba instructors on You Tube, and compiled four sets (working on more) of videos from my favorite instructors across the globe ranging from 20 minutes to an hour. This prevents boredom and allows me to customize my workout based on my schedule for the day. Best part-it's free! If anyone would like the link just contact me. I'm sure my downstairs neighbor hates me! Report
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So funny! I am in constant knee pain from '4' surgeries and I still exercise! "Not" enough but I still do what I can! Love the article. Report
Love this! Funny and on point! Report
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I GET it - but I have bad shoulders(probably mostly ) from work and it seems every time I start trying to resume pumping iron etc. It flares up again. NOT FUN. Report
I loved this article. Report
Too tired is actually a legit excuse. Those days where I can barely move and I almost fall asleep just eating? Yeah. I am not going to drive to the gym. Or take a walk around my place.
Also, sometimes work is more important and can eat up time. Seriously, when you are working 12 hours, I'm going to spend the free time I have with my family and my friends. And no, I will not sacrifice sleep to workout.

Now if it's a constant excuse, sure, there needs to be a reevaluation. But there are weeks (like the past few) where these are legitimate excuses. I suppose it bothers me when it is assumed that everyone works a 9-5 and doesn't have to commute a ridiculous amount or whatnot. But I digress. Report
Everyone of my friends sees the new me how I transformed from being 168 lbs back in 2013. I try to encourage them to get moving, but they have many excuses why they can't exercise.

1. I can't do them because I have limitations.
2. I can't do the exercises because it's too hard.
3. I don't want to break a nail.
4. I will mess up my makeup. Report
Also, my daughter doesn't work out with me if her blood sugar is below 70, because I don't want her to run to her grave when she can stay back and live. 😉 Report
There are some legit excuses but the ones on the list aren't them. I tore muscles in both of my legs last month and a workout would have done more harm than good. I also found myself skipping some workouts when my favorite pet died suddenly. I skipped a lot of workouts to mourn because I didn't care how big my muffin top was because I no longer had my close friend. If someone had forced me to quit mourning and go run, I probably would have given up exercising for life. Also I've had bronchitis so bad that it felt like I was breathing through a coffee stirrer, just going to the bathroom nearly killed me, I had to use my inhaler way more than I should. The second course of azythromycin barely rendered me functional, but I barely survived those first few days of course 1. Had I attempted any sort of exercise then, I would be pushing up daisies instead of being here to tell you about it. Report
I don't want to mess up my hair??????????????? Report
I get the hair excuse! Report
Another great, real-life "talkin' to" from Coach Nicole! Report
My younger sister was always coming up with excuses for not wanting to do water aerobics with my mom and myself. Finally we told her all she has to do is swim while we take the class. About halfway through she joined us and has been hoked ever since. Report
Exercising is a big priority for me. I seldom miss my 30 minutes or more a day. My favorite is Leslie Sansone Walk aerobics. If I'm not doing that, I'm on my stationary bike.
I do have to get back into better eating habits; it is going to be a priority too! Report
Excuse: It's too cold to exercise outside in the Wintertime. Remedy: I check the weather forecast and if it is above 40 degrees outside, I plan to walk for 30 minutes with layers of sweatshirts, fleece pants, gloves and earmuffs. If below 40 degrees, I bring out my favorite exercise DVD's and break a sweat for 45 minutes then walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes while listening to my favorite music. Report
I used to hate exercise, but now I'm loving it! And I actually did wake up feeling tired this morning, but I worked out anyway and feel much better. However, it will be interesting to see if I still love it and actually do it every day when I no longer have a fitness room and pool right downstairs. I'm hoping by then, it will be such a habit that I will HAVE to find ways to continue! Report
I was up and down a ladder for 4 hours yesterday and my legs are killing me when I walk today... is that a good reason to skip my cardio? Report
I' m delighted to say that in my case this excellent article is now preaching to the converted! I used to hate exercise, now I'm enjoying it (most of the time!). It does normally give me extra energy. It's a challenge to get down to doing a video first thing, when I've just lit the stove but the house is still freezing.
Obstacles in the light of which I don't walk outside are: snow and ice. (Has not yet hit us this winter). Large loose dogs (not normally around at the moment). Thick mud (not at the moment). Darkness in village, when guard dogs may be unleashed.
When I choose not to exercise outside, I have a plentiful supply of exercise videos, AND wood that needs chopping! Report
Hmmm, lemme think:
#1. But I can't walk - This is true. I've got Plantar Fat Pad Atrophy, and every step I take hurts. A lot. This bugs me, because walking used to be one of my favourite ways to work out.
#2. But I can't afford to go to a fitness class - Not true. I could afford to go to ju-jitsu class when I could still walk, and my financial position hasn't changed all that much since.
#3. But I don't like the people who attend those fitness classes. - True. They are too different from me. They may be nice enough, but they're all women, and they wear loads of make-up and flashy clothes that hurt my eyes. I may be a woman, but I'm the tomboy kind. So that fitness class is just not going to work for me. (Even so, that's still no reason not to exercise.)
#4. But I don't know how to exercise now that I can't walk or fight anymore. - True, but that just leaves me with the responsibility to find out how to exercise despite my physical limitations.
And guess what? I created my own private gym in my bedroom, and found my way to SP. Now I'm finally moving my butt again, and enjoying every minute of it.
No more excuses! Report
i have used many of these excuses myself- thanks for the great motivational article Report
My excuse: I am in too much pain (back, hip, knees ankles and feet!) to exercise!
The reality: After I started walking (and losing those pounds that I had built up while trying not to hurt) I atarted feeling better. I have gone from constant pain, to almost no pain. Why? Because (as your doctor will tell you) using a joint eases arthritis. Building core muscles takes the strain off your lower back. And exercise releases endorphins and those feel good! Report
Great article. I just wanted to say to those who have so much going on whether it is work or an injury. Do what you can. If you can't do anything because of your knees then do something with your upper body. If all you have is five minutes here and there then use the five minutes here and there. They add up. Walk while you are on the phone, park farther right away. Report
Almost every day my mind tells my body: "You're too tired to exercise." And surprise surprise--I don't listen and about five minutes into the workout I feel energized and happy! Report
Yup, that just about covers it! I keep reminding myself that the rewards outweigh the momentary discomfort. Report
That was just what I needed! Thanks! My favorite excuse has been "it's too hot outside". Then one day I tried to do one of those ten minute videos where you get to sit in a chair! I was shocked that I only got half way and was "exhausted"!!! What a wimp! Time to clean up my act. You ROCK! Report