10 Excuses We Use to Avoid Exercise & 10 Reasons Why They’re Just Not True

You know the drill, right? List every possible explanation for why you’re chronically — cough…cough — allergic to the “E” word, and maybe…just maybe…you’ll feel justified bumming it on the couch all weekend.

Hey, who am I to judge? I love an occasional lazy Saturday too. But, this “exercise allergy” business?

Yeaaaah. I’m gonna have to call that bluff.

So, allow me to debunk some classic fitness fallacies and how they may be keeping you from realizing your full physical potential.


Excuse #1: I don’t have enough time to work out.

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Reality: If you simply devote 1 hour each day to engaging in some type of physical activity, you’ll still have 23 hours remaining.

Excuse #2: I feel dirty and disgusting when I sweat.

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Reality: Sure, you’ll have to make a date with the shower afterward, but sweating cleanses pores and flushes out bodily toxins.

Excuse #3: I might bulk up instead of toning up.

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Reality: While strength training does build substantial muscle mass, it also sculpts one hell of a lean, mean physique.

Excuse #4: I can’t afford a fancy gym membership.

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Reality: If you can move around, you can whip that booty into shape, whether at home, outdoors, or in a fitness center.

Excuse #5: I am way too insecure about how I look.

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Reality: Don’t let shame keep you out of the game ’cause every body type and size deserves to feel the health benefits of exercise.

Excuse #6: I already eat clean, so that should be enough.

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Reality: Props on choosing wholesome nutrition over fast food, but diet alone can’t compensate for zero physical activity.

Excuse #7: I get bored easily while working out.

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Reality: If your exercise routine is mind-numbingly repetitive, try something high energy, like Zumba, or zen, like Yoga.

Excuse #8: I kinda sorta enjoy Netflix too much.

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Reality: There’s no law that bans you from working out and getting your Orange Is the New Black fix at the same time.

Excuse #9: I always feel so physically drained.

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Reality: The toughest part is willing yourself to begin, but once you do, endorphins are guaranteed to power you through.

Excuse #10: I just haven’t seen any positive results yet.

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Reality: Muscle definition takes approximately 4-8 weeks to develop, so think of this process as a marathon, not a sprint.


So, armed with this knowledge, go unleash your inner #BeastMode.  I know it’s there.

But, more importantly: So. Do. You.

10 Thoughts Just About Every Woman Has While Working Out

Because when it’s time to get that #BeastMode on, the emotions are raw, the muscles are burning, and the satisfaction is worth…well, everything.

But, seriously. Can’t we all just relate?

1. When the motivation to move simply doesn’t exist:

Sure, blame it on the bod. Seems legit!

But, of course! Blame it on the bod. Seems legit.

 2. When you kick lazy’s ass and enter the fitness zone:

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Leg day? Ab day? Cardio day? Doesn’t matter. It. Is. On.

 3. When you’ve been sweating for a solid 10 minutes:

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So…Is that a roll or a 6-pack? Definitely a 6-pack.

 4. When the endorphins start working their magic:

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Body = numb. Brain = euphoric. It all evens out!

 5. When you notice that your gym clothes are kinda ratty:

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Finish sit-ups. Buy new active wear. Brilliant plan.

 6. When social media distractions start calling your name:

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Never too sweaty to post a selfie, right?!

 7. When you are almost…almost…almost…done: 

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Just…One…More. Aaaaaand, nap time. Forever.

 8. When it feels like your hotness level just tripled:

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Exercise: because your confidence demands it.

 9. When all that pride is replaced by pain — so much pain:

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Yeah, but it’s a “good” sore. No pain, no gain. Or, whatever…

 10. And when you’re suddenly too hungry to care anymore:

Dear, progress: same time, same place tomorrow. But right now, you no longer exist to me!

Same time and place tomorrow, Progress. But right now, you don’t exist

Yep. The struggle sure is real. But every #FitChick knows she wouldn’t have it any other way!