Four Reasons You Might Be Avoiding the Gym (And What to Do About It)

Exercise time, after the injury has healed
Getting back to it with weights, after recovering from the injury. Always be safe and consult with a professional. Photo via Pexels.

Even if you want to get fit, there might be a few reasons that you haven’t quite got around to it yet. Read on for some possible reasons why not – and how you can get over them…

A Lack Of Time

A lot of us are suffering from a chronic lack of time. We live in an extremely busy world – we balance full time jobs with long commutes, busy social lives, healthy relationships and marriages, our parents’ needs as they get older, and of course our own children. So when we do get some free time, we don’t want to spend it at Cross Fit.

If that’s the case for you, it could be time to start figuring out what exactly your priorities are – maybe you could get up a little earlier to do half an hour of yoga in the morning, or you need to talk to your partner so that you get a free evening from childcare to go to a zumba class.

Fitness and relationships. How to balance?
She squeezes exercise into her day – literally. Pexels, CC0 License.

Old Injuries

If you have old injuries then you might feel reticent to get back into fitness. Spinning can hurt your knees, you might have old shin splints from too much running, you might even have old injuries from team sports that you really don’t want to end up reliving.

If that’s an issue for you, then it’s time to find something that works for you – if you have painful knees, try swimming, where the water will support your joints and make sure that you don’t get too sore. You should also talk to your doctor – the best shoulder surgeons will alleviate the shoulder pain you get from playing tennis, and they might be able to figure out the cause of that persistent back pain that stops you doing everything you want.

Women and Sports Injuries
Time to workout. Photo via Pexels.


For a lot of us, motivation can be a problem – who wants to spend ages on an exercise bike when you could be watching your favorite TV show or hanging out with your friends? If that’s an issue for you, it’s time to find a sport or way of exercising that you actually enjoy.

You might hate treadmills but love running in the countryside and enjoying the views. Traditional gyms aren’t for everyone but as soon as you find what you love, you’ll be much more motivated to get off that couch and get fit.

Exercise time, after the injury has healed
Traditional gyms aren’t for everyone. Get fit doing an activity you love, in a supportive atmosphere, whatever that looks like. Photo via Pexels.

A Lack Of Confidence

Finally, not everyone feels confident enough about themselves to walk into a gym and start lifting weights. If you’re a little overweight and out of shape and worried about it, you need to remember that everyone at a gym has been there at some point – it isn’t where you are now, it’s the journey that you’re about to embark on that matters.

Get good quality gym wear so that you feel comfortable in it such as good footwear and a supportive sports bra for women, and make sure that you get someone to show you around the gym and explain what the machines all do before you get started. Good luck!


  1. So true….working out at home is a good option to… for lazy ones like me 😀 … or in case you want to do it later during the day (like in my case: during the evening or night). Good series of posts here; Chris… Hugs to you 😀

    • You’re far from lazy, Aqui. I like having the flexibility to exercise when I can work it into my schedule as I am self-employed. A benefit, right? Glad you’re incorporating fitness into your life as I want you to stay healthy for a loooooong time to come, dear friend! 🙂 <3

    • I used to work as a flight attendant so I can commiserate with you about 3rd shift …one thing that helped me was to turn everything into a work out.. I’d answer the call button more often because it forced me to walk about and down the aisle.. I’d visit the gym in the hotel – (even if I didn’t use the equipment LOL) but at least the walk to the gym made me feel guilty enough sometime to spend on the treadmill. I’d use the stairs in the subway (carrying all my bag, rollaboard etc… you get the idea. Make the world your gym! 😀

  2. These are all true and I found myself in every category!! 😀😃 Having gone to gyms a lot in my 20s I felt burnt out with them and then an old shoulder pain would recur whenever I went back…sometimes it’s just time to find something new! Pilates, some yoga and lots of walking inspires me and keeps me motivated and uninjured! I’m tempted by Zumba…😀

    • Zumba is great, Annika, because it’s all about movement. It’s like dancing – and it’s a great group atmosphere. I hope you try it at least once 🙂

    • The great thing is you can make it as simple or difficult as you like as you’re in charge of the exercise routine 🙂 I wish you all the best with your health journey!

  3. Four very good reasons for avoiding the gym, Christy. I spent years going to the gym, but now my knees object like mad if I do any exercise that involves bending them, like rowing or cycling. I just overdid things at the gym, I suppose, and my knees got worse and worse. I can’t jog for long now and climbing up steps is agony. So I stick to my swimming a few times a week and make sure I walk a few miles every day.
    I can understand why working mothers would find it hard to fit visits to the gym into their routines, but, as you say, there are ways to get round that. But it’s just too easy to sit and relax after a hectic day and that’s when motivation often needs a nudge. Interesting post, Christy. 😀

    • Millie, I admire how you didn’t give up and instead found swimming to be a great way to exercise without aggravating your knees. Great! Thanks for sharing your experiences 🙂

  4. Loved the first line, so appropriate – chronic lack of time. But I at least try to get in 20 minutes 3 times a week at my worst. 🙂 xx

  5. When I started working out, I decided to do it at home because of lack of time (it took too long to drop off the kids somewhere) and because of lack of confidence. I also didn’t like the thought of being around people’s sweat lol 😉 So I decided to work out at home. So far, it’s been great!


  6. I grew up near the Great Smoky Mountains, and my favorite fitness activity was always hiking. I don’t live anywhere near the mountains now, so the next best thing is the local public parks, which fortunately have a number of walking trails. In good weather, I’m out there several times a week, enjoying nature and sweating up a storm.

  7. I go in waves with fitness – sometimes I’m highly motivated – other times – meh. In the meh times I have my “better than nothing” activities – walking home from work and reading on an elliptical. But I bought new runners today – so I’m hopeful I’m on an upswing!

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