12 Excuses for Not Exercising That Are Unacceptable (Part 1)

This is Part 1 of a two part series.

It really irritates me when I hear someone say that they “can’t” exercise or even worse “they don’t need to”. Especially when you see some of the amazing physical feats people from all over the world are accomplishing, with more problems and less resources than those who “can’t”. It’s so aggravating.

The best part is they try to justify it with excuses, I mean, reasons. Yes they call them reasons. The audacity. Over the course of my professional fitness career I’ve heard them all. I’m ashamed to say that I spent a few years of my life using these excuses myself. Those were some dark times. But I realized that the excuses I used were not justified at all. They were decision I made out of laziness.

I overheard a conversation today outside of my gym that forced me to write this. As I was leaving the gym there was a woman talking to a man, who was sitting in his car. She’s a regular at the gym. She’s someone that trains hard as is no nonsense when she’s training. The guy, well, judging by the stupid sunglasses, terrible music and loud exhaust, he’s more than likely not someone that takes the training life as seriously as she does. The conversation they were having supplied the verbal confirmation. She was telling him that she needed to go because it was her training time. The guy wanted to talk to her so she asked him why he never wants to come to the gym with her. His response was “I don’t need it.”

I don’t want to be an asshole so all I’ll say is, yes, yes he does. It’s this type of attitude why this country is the laughing stock of health around the world. These facts supplied by the World Health Organization, which have been updated this year paint a very clear picture of how trying to excuse yourself from being physically active are harmful.

  • Insufficient physical activity is 1 of the 10 leading risk factors for death worldwide
  • Insufficient physical activity is a key risk factor for noncommunicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes
  • Globally, 1 in 4 adults is not active enough
  • More than 80% of the world’s adolescent population is insufficiently physically active (girls being less active than boys)
  • People who are insufficiently active have a 20% to 30% increased risk of death compared to people who are sufficiently active

All of these facts could VERY EASILY be reduced drastically by doing one ridiculously simple thing:

STOP MAKING ANY OF THESE 12 EXCUSES!!!

1. “I don’t have the time”

I guarantee you there are people who are much busier than you who find the time to exercise for at least 30 minutes. Everybody has the same 24 hours time each day. If 8 of those hours are filled there are still 16 hours available. It’s a matter of making it important to you and assigning it as a regular part of your schedule is all it takes. Maybe you have to wake up a little earlier and go to bed earlier at night to make it happen. Maybe you have to exercise after you complete your work or leave your job. The point is you absolutely have the time to do it.

2. “I can’t afford a gym”

You don’t need one. There are literally hundreds of exercises and activities you can do outside of a gym to achieve your minimum recommendation of 30 minutes of exercise at least 3 days a week. You don’t even need to leave the comfort of your home if you don’t want to. While a gym can supply you with all the equipment you could ever need, you can do without most of it. Your bodyweight and effort are sufficient enough for an effective workout.

3. “It’s too expensive”

What the hell is expensive about doing a few squats, crunches, sprints or just walking outside? You can do all of that in your pajamas if you want to. Most people WANT to make exercising expensive by wasting money on expensive headphones, clothing and shoes and for what? While I personally need to have music to exercise, a $5 set of headphones works just fine. Give me a pair of shorts and a comic shirt and I’ll tear every one of my muscle fibers just the same as I would if I were wearing the most expensive “no sweat” shirt. Actually that’s not true. I’m more comfortable in comfortable clothes. The more comfortable you are the better you’ll perform. You don’t need money to exercise. Ever.

4. “I have too much pain”

This is one of the rare reasons why I could almost understand a person not exercising. Almost. Physical pain and/or discomfort is very tricky. However, pain left unattended is not the right way to go. Back pain or knee pain will never improve if it’s left alone. Rehab style exercises help you find mobility and increase your joint strength slowly, with minimal pain. I can understand why you might not want to do anything to aggravate your knee but the reality is, if someone invited you to go skiing chances are you would have no problem going, despite that same physical ailment that has prevented you from exercising. Where your pain is located is not the only part of your body you can exercise. Visit your doctor, do some research online or at the very least exercise where it doesn’t hurt.

5. “I’m too old”

No you’re not. I don’t care how old you are there are exercises for every age. Go on YouTube and you’ll find 70+ year olds killing it at gyms everywhere. Sure they’ve done it most of their lives but their age didn’t dictate whether they should stop or continue. I go to my gym in the mornings and the vast majority of the members there are over the age of 60 and they’re sitting on machines, grabbing dumbbells or taking exercise classes with smiles on their faces. Scientists have found that being physically active later in life can help manage or prevent many diseases and disabilities associated with aging. It also helps those who suffer from high blood pressure, balance problems or difficulty walking. Exercise will not break you at an older age and it won’t cause negative health effects. You want to live longer? Exercise helps.

6. “It’s too boring”

For most people exercising at a gym may be boring. There’s nothing wrong with that. There are people that don’t like walking or running (myself included). But there are so many cool things you can do to be active. Rock climbing, swimming, bike riding, dancing, martial arts, the list is endless. There are also a ton of very cool classes out there like drumming, that are now incorporating fitness elements. If you do some research in your area you may find some very interesting classes that might peak your interest. The point is, being active is much more than lifting weights or running and there is something for everyone, if you look for it.

In Part 2 I’ll give you more excuses you won’t be able to use anymore and explain in the simplest way possible, what the bare minimum is you should be striving for regarding exercise. If this article was enough to get you excited about starting your exercise journey let The Comic Corps help you. We’ll make it fun for you.