10 Common Excuses for Not Working Out!

Excuses for not working out

Excuses for Not Making it To the Gym 

Working out is one of the most important steps that you can take to help lead the type of healthy lifestyle you so desperately need. Not only does working out help you lose weight and keep those pounds off, but it can also have a wide variety of other health-related benefits like decreasing your chance at getting diagnosed with certain serious conditions like heart disease or diabetes.

Despite the fact that it has long been proven how important working out really is, there are still a number of common excuses people use to forgo the gym altogether. My hope is that by reading what appears here, you will find new motivation to hit the gym.  By understanding these 10 common excuses for not working out, you put yourself in a better position to work through them towards success.

Are you ready? Let’s jump right in!

gym motivation excuses 1. I Don’t Have Time

Perhaps the most common excuse for not working out is that you don’t have time. This depends on the idea that working out and going to the gym must be done together, which is false. There are a variety of different exercises that you can do in nearly every location, including while sitting at your desk. Building muscular strength is a key component to wellness.

2. I’m Far Too Tired

Another common excuse that people use has to do with the fact that they think they’re too tired to work out. In reality, working out is a great, natural way to boost your overall energy levels throughout the day. Another benefit of working out is that you help to keep your mood elevated and prevent things like depression.

3. Working Out Isn’t Interesting Enough

People seem to be under the mistaken impression that exercising is far too boring to be worthwhile. In reality, the fact that you can take your smartphone, tablet or other devices with you to the gym so that you can listen to music, read books or even watch movies proves this to be false.

4. I Have Kids

Many people assume that they’ll never have the time to work out because they’re watching their young children all day long. Instead, you can take your kids with you to the gym and turn working out into a family experience.

5. I’m Afraid to Work Out

Some people don’t want to go to the gym because they’re afraid. Maybe they’re afraid of physically committing to such activities or they think they’ll be ridiculed because they aren’t as fit as everyone else. In reality, the gym is a very positive environment that absolutely should not be feared. Yes, gym accidents can happen but they are also very preventable.

6. Exercising Doesn’t Work

Some people are under the mistaken impression that working out only works for certain type of people. Maybe they’ve tried to walk on the treadmill once a week in the past, didn’t see immediate results and gave up altogether. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was a successful weight loss plan. Work out the right way to see the types of results that you’re after.

7. I Don’t Like the Gym Near My Home/Office/School

Some people don’t go to the gym because they don’t think they have a worthwhile gym in their area. Even if you can’t purchase your own exercise equipment to use from the comfort of your own home, there are a variety of worthwhile exercises that you can do right at home with little to no pieces of equipment required. That’s what many celebrities do to maintain their physiques.

8. Working Out is For the Young

Older people are under the mistaken impression that working out is a “young person’s game.” In reality, working out when you hit your 50s and 60s is more important than ever. What you may not know is that strength training is one of the most powerful, natural approaches to anti-aging on the planet

9. I Don’t Want to Go By Myself

Some people assume that the gym needs to be a communal experience and if they can’t find a “gym buddy” they won’t go at all. The gym is actually a great place to meet new people and set up the type of support system that you can depend on. Your first goal should be to pick a smart workout plan and then move about the business of making it happen. You will meet workout buddies in no time once you get started.  

10. My body type isn’t right for working out

Many people use this as an excuse to avoid hitting the weights. In truth, anyone can benefit from strength training. Knowing what your body type is and then creating a plan around the type of physique is a smart way to increase your muscular size, lose weight and become more attractive.

Final Thoughts

It is easy to buy into excuses for not working out. And let’s face it – there are going to be days that you are just not feeling like hitting the weights, particularly when you are not feeling well. Still, you should try to engage in mindful workouts at least several times a week.



If you are looking for motivation to kick-start your workouts or are new to the gym, one great book to consider is Weight Training for Dummies. Inside, you will find page after page of useful, practical information on how to create your own body building program using easy to understand concepts.

I hope you found this post helpful. Thanks for visiting Guy Counseling

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Dr. John Moore is a licensed counselor and Editor-in-Chief of Guy Counseling. A journalist and blogger, he writes about a variety of topics related to wellness. His interests include technology, outdoor activities, science, and men's health. Check out his show --> The Men's Self Help Podcast


  1. I one hundred percent agree with the points you made in this article. You don’t have to actually have an actual gym to workout out at in order to achieve maximum results. If you want to cut down on time that it takes you to hit the gym you should think about having a gym in the comforts of you own home.

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