Worst Excuses for Not Working Out

by DavalosMcCormack on November 3, 2008

I knew someone once, true story, who wouldn’t swim in an outdoor pool if it was raining because he said he hated getting wet while swimming. I kid you not. I thought it was a pretty lame excuse for not exercising, until I heard about a study from the American Council on Exercise. They found that 19 percent of people say they don’t work out because they are not in shape!

Isn’t that the point of working out, to get in shape!

Then the American Association of Retired Persons asked their members why they were not working out. Here’s what AARP members told them.

“Whenever I ride my bike in the park, some thief tries to get it away from me. And the last time I Rollerbladed, I broke my arm in two places at the shoulder.”
—Gina Ross, 65, Chicago, Illinois

“My dog had surgery and couldn’t walk with me. And he cried if I went alone, so I had to stay home.”
—Jacy Wade, 52, Charlotte Hall, Maryland

“I’m trying to gain weight, so when I do start my exercise plan, it will be more of a workout.”
—David McDaniel, 44, Covington, Tennessee

Other excuses are more along the lines of “I get enough exercise… jogging my memory…. pushing my luck…. jumping to conclusions”.

There is no shortage of things you can say to avoid hitting the gym – “my dog ate my shorts” is always a good one – and no shortage of people happy to join you in finding reasons not to go.

And then there are people like Jack LaLanne, who’s been a fitness guru since the Hoover administration. Here’s my favorite quote from Jack. “I hate to work out. I’ve never liked to work out. So I get up at 5:00 and get it out of the way. I’m trying to see how long I can keep it up.”

Jack is now 93, still working out and still in damn good shape. So I would have to say that so far he’s doing a pretty good job of keeping it up. And perhaps one of the reasons he is still in great shape at 93 is the fact that he works out every day.

So, you can make excuses and watch your body slowly expand in ways you would rather it didn’t. Or you can accept that you don’t like exercise, and do it anyway. It works for Jack. It could easily work for you.

So, now what’s your excuse?

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