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How to Beat the Fitness YO-YO Effect

How to Beat the Fitness YO-YO Effect

Jamie Young

Sticking With It
 
If you find yourself in a constant "yo-yo" with fitness, then you are not alone.  Many people have good intentions when it comes to exercise.  You sign up for a gym membership, buy your new shoes, and faithfully go workout...for the first week.  Then, life happens.  You may have to work late, you have to travel, the plumber has to come unclog the basement drain; and you miss the gym.  When obstacles arise, you have to remember what brought you to start exercising in the first place.  Was it health reasons? Do you have a class reunion  coming up that you wanted to look your best? Did you want to increase your energy levels to keep up with your kids or grand kids?  These are all very important reasons, so why let little life obstacle get in the way?

Here are some ways to set a routine and stick with it:
 
Set a specific goal with a specific date.  Do you want to run or walk in a charity race?  Complete an obstacle course?  Improve your time from your last event?  Wear that new sundress on your cruise?  If you mark your calendar, pay for your event or ticket, and buy that dress, then you have a visual reminder of why you are working out, and less likely to let things slip.

Find an accountablility partner.  A friend, sister, brother, or even a personal trainer.  Find someone to "report" to weekly or even daily to keep you honest.  That person needs to understand your goals in fitness, and be able to push you to achieve them.  They are your cheerleader; but also the person to ask "why" when you don't make your workouts. 
 
Get your nutrition in check.  When we take in the right foods at the right times, then you are more likely to see results from all of your hard work spent training.  You can't go wrong with fresh fruits and vegetables and lean meats; and don't forget to drink your water!  There are many resources available to help you with healthy eating.  Ask you trainer for tips.  Many grocery stores have dieticians available to help you shop for the right foods.  Your physician will also be able to steer you in the right way for a healthy diet.  Be cautious of fad diets that you hear or read about.  Anything that promises fast results won't give you lasting results. 

Reward yourself along the way.  Celebrate small achievements along the way!  It's ok to reward yourself when you hit a milestone.  Treat yourself to a massage or facial.  Take a day to go to a ball game.  Have some frozen yogurt.  Little rewards go a long way!
 
Find what drives you and stick with it.  You will be on your way to a healthier version of you!