Why do people give up on exercise?

Posted on Tue 23 January 2024 in Other

بِسْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

As January of each new year sets in, this is the time where people make New Year's resolutions. One of the most popular resolutions is about weight loss, fitness and exercise. This article will attempt to explain the primary reason why people give up on fitness/exercise.


It can almost be universally agreed that exercise has immense benefits for human health. Through moderate and consistent exercise, much of our sedentary-derived illnesses can be treated and or reversed.

Primary reason

The primary reason people give up on exercise is based on two things: intention and boredom.

With intention, exercise is usually seen as yet another chore that needs to be "taken care of".

Regarding boredom, one has to look at the entertainment industry. Imagine listening to the same sound every day or watching the same video every day. Inevitably one would get bored of that. We can compare this to the manner in which we do exercise. When someone commits to exercise, they usually just focus on one type of activity by either going to the gym, running or some other type of exercise. But it is almost always just one type of exercise.

Secondary reasons

With the Americanization or commercialization of most industries, the health and wellness industry is no different, being worth billions of dollars. With large sums of money involved, fads and trends come and go each year. The selling gimmick is usually always the same: lose weight with minimal effort.

Examples of fitness fads can be found here.

Examples of weight loss fads can be found here and here.

Tribalism also plays a factor. When certain people join a new exercise group and befriend members within their group, they become very tribal and anti- other groups. This is a siege type of mentality commonly exhibited by football managers like José Mourinho.

Loneliness also plays a factor if you are exercising alone. With loneliness, a lack of motivation would also increase.

Lastly, distance plays a factor if you have joined a gym (or fitness club) which is far away. Needing to drive 15 to 30 minutes to be able to get some exercise would create an incentive of laziness.

The solution

In order to begin, a new intention must be created. The suggested intention I have come up with is:

I am adopting a lifestyle where I choose to be moderately active at least once a day.

With this new intention, you can begin being physically active. You may now ask yourself, okay, what is my routine? The answer to this question is that you won't have any routine. You just have to set aside some amount of time each day for some type of physical activity.

The choice of activity is up to the reader now, but here are some suggestions.

  • Pilates or other stretching exercises to create mobility

  • Calisthenics or weights to create strength

  • Although some people recommend bicycle riding or jogging for cardio, I find these to be similar to exercising in loneliness. Therefore, I recommend adopting social sporting activities like soccer, volleyball, tennis or other social sports

I hope this article encourages you to maintain an active lifestyle. By adopting a mindset change.

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