Building Your Own Workout Routine – Tips to Keep You on The Right Track

Creating your own workout routine from scratch is a challenging but satisfying experience. Sure, it will take some time until you perfect your routine, and you will always find yourself tweaking some things to help you get closer to your goals, but being able to achieve your dream fitness results on your own will be a very rewarding end.

Building Your Own Workout Routine – Tips to Keep You on The Right Track

When developing your fitness routine, there are a number of factors to keep in mind and a bunch of variables that can alter your program.

What you need to do first is understand these variables and how they affect your overall results, then work to improve your routine.

The factors that influence your workout routine include your body type, your fitness goals, the time you have available, your overall health, and the resources you have at your disposal.

We know it may sound like there are too many aspects to consider, but if you take things little by little, you will get to the end of the process with your mental and physical health stronger than ever.

To help you get started, we have put together a list of tips to guide you when developing your workout routine, so let’s dive right into it.

Ask Yourself the Following Questions First

Before you start developing a plan, you need to ask yourself a series of questions to determine in which direction to take your routine. By answering these questions, you will be able to determine what you plan to achieve, what are your obstacles, and how to tackle them:

1. What Are Your Main Goals?

By determining what you want to achieve with your workout routine, you can tailor your exercises to fit these goals. As you can imagine, someone looking to lose some extra pounds is going to need a different set of exercises than someone wanting to build muscles or gain weight.

2. How Much Time Do You Have Available?

We all have busy lives, so it can be difficult to fit a workout routine into your daily schedule without proper planning. Figure out how many days you can afford to work out in a week, the time of day that works best for you, as well as how long your routine is going to be.

3. Where Do You Plan to Work Out?

Do you plan to get a gym membership, or would you rather work out at home? The reason you need to determine this is to figure out if you have the right equipment to use for your routine or if it’s time to go fitness shopping.

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    4. What Has Your Relationship with Fitness Been like Until Now?

    If you have never set foot in a gym by now, it will be much difficult to stick to an intensive workout routine, so it is best if you start small and work your way to more challenging exercises as you build strength and get used to the routine. However, if you are a seasoned fitness enthusiast, you can go ahead and start with expert-level exercises.

    Decide On Some Tools to Help You Stay Organized

    Now that you have a clearer idea of what you are planning to achieve and how you are going to achieve that, it is time to gather your resources and develop a plan. The reason why we are going to do this is to help you stay organized, keep track of your progress, and make sure you are not skipping any workout.

    A Traditional Diary

    If you like to do things the old-fashioned way, a diary or a notebook is still a viable way to keep track of your routine. You can make a detailed plan on each page, where you write down everything from your fitness routine for that day to your mood, meals, hydration levels, and so on, or keep it simple with just a weekly fitness planner.

    Digital Planning

    You can also create a digital fitness planner, which you can easily export as a PDF, to have it with you at all times. Simply create your fitness plan in Word or Excel, then use a tool that works as a PDF splitter, editor, and converter,  to export it into PDF format, and download it on your computer and phone.

    The mentioned PDF editor can also help you edit, merge, or separate PDFs, to allow you to make as many tweaks as you want to the document.

    Start Drawing a Workout Plan

    If you are a fitness connoisseur, you probably know the types of exercises you need, and it should be easy to start working on your plan. If you are a beginner, however, things are going to seem much more complicated than they actually are. This is why it is best that you start small.

    Ideally, beginners should start by doing a full-body workout three times a week. After doing this for about three weeks and observing how your body reacts to the routine, you can decide if you continue with the same exercises or start focusing on specific muscle groups.

    Experienced fitness enthusiasts should be able to work out 5 days a week, with one day being a full-body workout day and the rest focused on separate muscle groups.

    Take Other Factors into Account as Well

    Even if you have access to the best possible workout, tailored specifically for you, if you are not taking into account things such as sleep, diet, and hydration, it will be ten times more difficult to achieve your goals.

    Make sure you get at least 7 hours of sleep at night, and don’t forget to rest between workout days. If you are a beginner, don’t push yourself too much. You need to rest for at least 2 full days every week to make sure your body has enough time to recover.

    Keep yourself hydrated by drinking water before, during, and after your routine to help your body replenish its resources faster.

    Make sure you eat a balanced diet, and you don’t skip means no matter what. You need plenty of strength to keep up with your fitness goals, so include plenty of proteins, good fats, and vitamins in your meals.

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