Top 5 reasons people don’t exercise

Top 5 reasons people don’t exercise

“I don’t have time.” is the most common reason for not exercising.

The most frequently used reasons for not exercising are:

1. There’s not enough time.
2. I don’t have enough energy.
3. I’m not motivated.
4. It’s too expensive.
5. I’m sick or injured.

Other reasons:

  • I don’t feel comfortable exercising.
  • I don’t know what to do.
  • I’m scared of getting hurt.
  • I don’t have a safe place to exercise.
  • I don’t have child care.
  • I don’t have anyone to exercise with.

What are your reasons for not exercising?
Which of your reasons are valid and which are just excuses?

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