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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Once upon a time I'd fret about sweating too much because it ruined my hair. Quickly learned to just sucked it up and work through that. Then one day I got bold enough to just cut off all of my hair and go natural. Now I LOVE that fact that even vanity doesn't impede my workouts! :-) Report
My excuse used to be that I was too tired. But after the first few minutes I perk right up - I've realized now that I get energy from my workouts.

It also helps my mood - if I was feeling too down in the dumps to exercise but started to do it anyway, it seems to really make me feel more confident and strong. Report
I don't seem to have excuses much anymore because I tell myself that I deserve to be healthier and if I'm not exercising I'm cutting off my nose to spite my face! Report
Fantastic! Hey, if I have time to comment on this today, I have time to workout! Report
If you eat, you work out, period. Report
Awesome Artitcle. No more hiding behind all of the excuses anymore. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Report
Sometimes my excuse will be "I'll just eat less today"...does that ever really happen? NO! Then I think well, I'll only be hurting myself by slowing down my metabolism if I do that so let's just do it tomorrow. So sick of my excuses!!!! Report
Great list!! My favorite is "I am too tired!" But, now that I have been going to the gym regularly, I am surprised at how much energy and motivation I have. I am "old", overweight and not the "princess" I once was, but if others don't like how I look, they can just look the other way!! I am not there for them - I am there for ME!! Thanks for the great chuckle this morning.
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This is so all true and wow what a wake up call! Report
The one I heard yesterday: I got a tattoo on my foot so shoes hurt... I should point out to her the response to the "I don't have the right shoes" excuse above... yoga and pilates don't require shoes! Great one! Thanks. Report
MY favorite one is "I'm too tired." It's hard to motivate myself to move more when I'm exhausted, but even some exercise focuses the mind and energizes a tired body. Thanks, Nicole. Report
Fantastic article! Had to save so that I can share with the daughter... Report
I work 12 hours a day at a menial job with no chance for advancement inside the company. And I drive another 3 hours on top of it. I leave the house at 6 and get home at 10. I try to do short videos at work that I can do in one spot. But I can't leave my work to take a walk like I'd love. But the type of job I have I often have to quit halfway thru a video to work and come back to finish in 5minutes. Report
The hardest part about exercise is STARTING. Report
I love exercise, so I rarely have used these excuses, but one I hear from a friend is that her husband won't exercise. I keep urging her to do it anyway - maybe he'll join her, maybe he won't. The saddest part is that he's very obese, but she desperately needs the exercise because she had arthritis. Report
I have a fresh knee replacement, and other than rehab, for that, I can't do much. there are never any exercises for people who have compromised joints, or physical problems. It is annoying. I can ride the recumbent bike and do that, and other P.T. Report
Sweat is sexy! Sweat is strong!

Absolutely! You got that right! Report
I am pretty sure I have used most if not all of these excuses. It used to be that I was "too tired" but got into the habit of working out early in the morning before work. Now I am SOOO much more energized and feel good about myself all day. Report
My favorite is I don't need to exercise - living is enough exercise. That may have been true in my youth before automatic washing machines, leaf blowers, power mowers, TV and the computer but today with multi car families and all the other 'time savers' I found I have to actually exercise. It's not too bad. Report
DARN IT! Now what will I use as an excuse to not excersize!?!?!?!?!? ;) Report
very helpful Report
fantastic article: it's gone into my favorites to be re-read and consulted repeatedly. Thanks for all the links that will be helpful too! Report
i LOVED this article and i laughed a lot--probably cuz i used some of these myself in the past. Report
I've used a few of those myself! I've heard my husband just say I don't want to and that's that! The other one I hear often is PMS or that time.... I've found it helps me have less cramping. We certainly can generate the excuses! Thanks for putting most away! Report
Thanks for this blog. It made me laugh because I've honestly used every single one of these excuses... but no more! No, I can't afford a gym, and no, I don't like to go outside and walk. So instead, I choose to do Turbo Jam in the privacy of my own living room! Can't use the no babysitter excuse, my daughter can stay home with me! No excuses! Report
Great Blog! I think I've used every one of those and then some...but my motto this year is New Year...New Me and now I'm a month into it and love getting up 30 mins before the rest of the family and getting my treadmill time in. Also discovering new veggies/fruits is my goal on every trip to the grocery store. If no new ones, then atleast a new way to fix them. Report
Love it! So true and great article! Report
SUPER article! Thanks Nicole! Report
A really very good article! Simple but true Report
"No excuses", is why I pulled out my exercise videos (talking vhs). I have a vcr in every room so "No Excuses" Report
This is my all-time favorite:
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. Report
I love these! I am packing workout clothes along with my other workday stuff. I'm headed into the gym for the third time in a week after work. All the excuses are dropping off. I keep talc in that bag, but my plan is to head home from the workout gloriously sweaty!!! Woo Hoo! Report
I do love reading your blogs, Coach Nicole.. For me it is all about the time..time, time, time.. and then sprinkle in a little "if I don't do it in the morning, it ain't getting done.." So I solve it by planning it into my morning routine and getting up early enough to get it done. Used to be that if I didn't get my morning stuff done early enough and didn't have my full time slot, I just wouldn't exercise. Now I just do what I can, at least 10 minutes. Seems to have made a huge difference for me! Report
I love it!! I, like everyone else, used some of these in the past myself. Thanks, this is a keeper! Report
You TELL em sista! *hi5* on this article :) Report
great points..made me feel better about the fact that I haven't kept up with spark points or nutrition tracker due to time..I have kept up with my daily I am just doing it! Report
Great blog...I think we have all used at least one of these excuses!!! Report
I love this. I use most of these excuses!! Report
Well, I learned something about myself -- I haven't used all of these excuses, but I have used a number of them many times! Good article and I really liked some of the responses! Thank you for sharing. Report
Thanks Coach, You just took away every excuse I could think of. I guess I'll just have to keep working out until I come up with a legitimate excuse. Is there one? :) Report
Great blog! Keep up the good work! Report
Fantastic blog! I'm going to keep it up for my hubby to read. He's the one who "visualizes" exercise (he thinks about it, but doesn't do it). Report
Thanks for the great blog! I now find myself looking forward to my daily walk with my dog! Spark On! Report
'It's too hot/muggy'
We live in Cairns and it's summer right now, so we even have like 32°C 5:30am some days.
But I noticed that I didn't actually mind that heat that much anymore after I had worked out as my body was hotter itself =) And I think warming up gets more important.
Apart from that, I recently realized that we have a pool belonging to our unit. Are there any water aerobics suggestions on SP? =) Report
Love this!

I've used a couple of these excuses before. One that I've used within the last year.. actually within the last week: "I don't want to wake up my husband/son by getting up at 5:30."
Background: During summer, I would get up at 5:30 to go running. I fell off that bandwagon. When I kicked back into exercise, it was dark as night at that point in the morning, so there was no way in heck I'm going out there by myself!
HOWEVER, I'm doing other, non-runny exercises in the comfort of my home- AFTER my son and husband are awake and (usually) gone for work and school!

When Daylight Savings rolls around, though.. I'll be out and running in the morning again! Report
OMG do I really have to workout? so this magic diet pill doesn't exist?!!!

I love this article...I've used all these excuses in the PAST but presently I am aspiring to be like many SP members who have amazing health stories. SP Rocks! Report
My dog ate my workout..... ;^) Report
This is a great article. I love the excuses listed. I know quite a few people who use a bunch of them all the time,

The best was when I dragged a friend to the gym (she had a membership but never used it!) and she told me, "The Instructors need to be more OUT of shape, its not fair that they are in shape and we aren't" I simply replied "they are in shape, because they do the work!"

It's kind of the same as never trusting a skinny cook LOL Report
AMAZING article! Thank you Nicole Report
What a greata article! I read it to my husband and laughed a lot. You found all my excuses. I haven't tried the hair one but what a hoot! Thank you so much. I've saved it to remind myself to exercise!