These Are The Top 10 Reasons Americans Don’t Exercise More, And We Have Officially Gone Soft


We’re two weeks into 2019. How are your resolutions going? Did you run that ultra-marathon? Cure cancer? Maybe we should start small and trim those pubes, pal, before someone puts a ‘No Trespassing’ sign on your happy trail. There’s a good way to shed five pounds right there.

In any event, EXERCISE is the number one resolution for people hoping to ditch their holiday weight and become attractive again. Six in ten Americans say 2019 is the year they get fit. But, according to new research conducted by OnePoll on behalf of fitness app creator Freeletics, that’s easier said than done.

Americans can get pretty creative when they’re in pursuit of making an excuse to workout, and the study determined the most frequent excuses we use to skip workouts or do them more frequently.

Check out the results below, courtesy of New York Post:

Top 10 reasons Americans more frequently

I don’t have time — 42%
I don’t have the motivation — 35%
I don’t like exercising — 25%
Work gets in the way — 23%
I feel too old — 23%
I don’t see results — 22%
Don’t have equipment at home — 21%
It’s too expensive — 20%
It’s inconvenient — 19%
Gym is too far away — 18%

Top 10 reasons Americans skip planned workouts

Too tired — 56%
Too much work to do — 36%
It’s already late — 30%
The weather is too bad — 28%
Ate too much — 23%
Stayed late at work — 22%
Would rather watch Netflix — 15%
It’s dark — 12%
Bad traffic — 12%
Workout buddy canceled — 11%

It’s funny seeing that “eating too much” is an excuse for nearly a quarter of Americans to skip a workout. There is a less than zero percent chance I’ll go to the gym if a pizza guy appears at the office. It is the ultimate get out of jail free card.

But the bottom line is no excuse it good enough to skip exercise. I am frequently working from home and if I don’t sweat once a day, someone will need to throw me in a straight jacket. The name of the game is momentum, after a few weeks I start to look forward to running. I can’t believe I just wrote that.

[h/t New York Post]

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Matt’s love of writing was born during a sixth grade assembly when it was announced that his essay titled “Why Drugs Are Bad” had taken first prize in D.A.R.E.’s grade-wide contest. The anti-drug people gave him a $50 savings bond for his brave contribution to crime-fighting, and upon the bond’s maturity 10 years later, he used it to buy his very first bag of marijuana.