Taking the UFYH Approach to Exercise

Sticking to a fitness routine is hard.

Honestly, sticking to any sort of routine is hard. Hell, I have trouble remembering to unload the dishwasher when all is said and done. That’s why I find the profane and to-the-point nature of UFYH so inspiring.

What’s this acronym? It stands for Unfuck Your Habitat. It’s part website, part Tumblr blog, part Facebook community, part app. It’s designed to help lazy people like you and me and everyone else out there improve their environments a little bit at a time. The primary principle is 20/10 – you spend 20 minutes performing an activity like doing the dishes and 10 minutes resting.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by big tasks like cleaning the kitchen or what have you. And if you let it go long enough, your home might be unfit for guests and that can lead to feeling depressed. When you’re thinking it’s all or nothing every day, you’re not going to get anywhere. I’ve been in that mindset before and let me tell you, it sucks.

That’s why small work increments are key to “unfucking” your life, whether that means putting your clothes away right after taking them out of the dryer, keeping on top of your finances, or exercising.

Yes, the UFYH approach can be easily applied to your workout routine, too.

If you’re scoffing and saying “What routine?” hear me out. I’ve put together a few tips that should help to make exercise a more consistent part of your life:

  • Don’t marathon. In the UFYH lexicon, a marathon is described as cleaning for hours on end without taking any breaks. This will invariably result in burnout that means you won’t clean again for a long time until it’s so bad you can’t stand it. Process repeat. The same goes for exercise. If you only work out in marathon sessions when you just can’t stand not being fit anymore, you’ll be too sore and too burnt out the next day to make it a regular part of your life. Small increments are key. 20/10 people. 20/10!
  • Make small goals. You don’t need to be like, “Hey, I’m going to workout every day for the rest of my life,” all of a sudden. Biting off a big goal like that is bound to lead to failure, which can lead to depression, and giving up. Instead, set an achievable fitness goal that makes sense for you. Like, “I’ll exercise three times a week.” Or, “I’ll do sit-ups every time someone drinks wine in Game of Thrones.”
  • Pick one task and see it through. When you’re feeling motivated about your physical health, it’s tempting to load up your calendar with a million exercise goals but resist, child, resist! If you’re thinking about getting into Pilates, load up a video on Netflix or YouTube, commit to it for 20 minutes then get up and take a break. After 10 minutes, get back on your mat and do another 20 minutes. But whatever you do, don’t try to become a cyclist, yogi, and karate master in a weekend. That scattered mentality is how we all end up needing to unfuck our lives in the first place!

Will you give the UFYH method a try? What does your pending workout routine look like? I’d love to hear all about it!