Yo-Yo exercise refers to inconsistent patterns of exercise and inactivity. If you work out religiously for a week, then stop altogether for 2 weeks, then you are practicing Yo-Yo exercise patterns. Consistent exercise and daily activity are keys to good health.
Here are some tips to help you break the yo-yo exercise habit:
- Set realistic goals: Shoot for long-term goals and avoid overly ambitious goals that may lead to burnout or inconsistency.
- Find enjoyable activities: Choose exercises and physical activities that you genuinely enjoy so that you’re more likely to stick with them consistently.
- Create a schedule: Plan your exercise routine in advance and incorporate it into your daily or weekly schedule.
- Start gradually: Avoid jumping into an intense exercise regimen right away. Start gradually and progressively increase the intensity, duration, or frequency of your workouts.
- Find an exercise buddy or join a group: Exercising with a friend or joining a group or class can provide motivation and accountability.
- Track your progress: Keep a record of your workouts. Whatever works for you.
- Celebrate small victories: Recognize and celebrate your achievements along the way, no matter how small.
Reflect on the factors that have led to yo-yo exercising in the past. Identify any obstacles, such as lack of time, motivation, or access to facilities, and brainstorm potential solutions. Be patient and kind with yourself as you explore your habits. Refocus your goals as needed and get back on track! It’s more important to be consistent than to be perfect!
Source: Complete Wellness Solutions. Completely Well Newsletter, January 2024