Plan Your Exercise Routine for Success

plan-workout-successDo you find it hard to stick with a fitness routine?

I used to find it hard to stick with a fitness routine. My failure to stick with a fitness routine was because I had no plan of action. As a result of not having a plan for my exercise routine, I exercised sporadically.

It wasn’t until I started working with Tamara Grand of Fit Knit Chick, that I understood how important having an exercise routine is.

Planning your exercise routine helps you stay focused and sets you up for success. Once you have a plan for your exercise routine, it becomes an activity that you have to do, no matter what.

How I Plan My Exercise Routine

I enjoy doing full body workouts, but I also like focusing on upper, lower, and the abdominal areas of my body.

Here’s what I do….

1. Plan my exercise routine for the month.  I usually do a new plan at the end of each month.

2. Choose the days I work upper and lower areas of my body. I also decide which days I do cardio/HIIT (high intensity interval training).

3. Type and print exercise routine. Having my exercise routine on paper helps me stay focused and I know exactly what I am doing each day.

4. Execute the routine. There is nothing to it, but to do it.

Here’s My Exercise Regimen for August

Daily: Ab Challenge – Level II from (Push-ups, Flutter Kicks, Planks)

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Upper (Arms), Cardio/HIIT

  • Bent Over Rows or Lateral Raises
  • Tricep Pushups
  • Bicep Curls
  • Push Press

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: Lower (Legs)

  • Leg Lifts (with ankle weights)
  • Goblet Squats (or some other type of squat)
  • Fire Hydrants
  • Lunges

Sunday: Active Rest

Strength Training is timed. I do as many as I can for 1-minute.

Cardio/Aerobics – Sometimes I pop in a DVD instead of doing HIIT.

HIIT – I do a variety of HIIT exercises (jumping jacks, high knees, jump rope, sprints, burpees and more).

I usually switch up the HIIT exercises and choose 1-2 exercises or I do a routine from  My HIIT exercises are timed and performed for at least 1-minute with 1-2 minutes of rest in between rounds.  I usually do 4-8 rounds, but total rounds depend on the exercise and what I am comfortable doing.  Eventually, I hope to work up to 10 rounds.

Each month I do a new exercise routine. I usually find exercises on the internet and one website I frequent is I recently discovered, this website has a ton of dumbbell exercises.

Check out the action: Evelyn’s Exercise Regimen | August

Note: First video recorded using my new camera and video editing software.  Be sure to watch in High Definition.

Disclaimer: I am not a personal trainer. Please consult your healthcare provider before doing any exercise routine.

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Evelyn Parham started this site in 2010. She enjoys writing, reading, and dabbling in photography and video editing. Learn more about her here.

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  1. Trinity says:

    Hi Evelyn,
    My routine is not as strenuous as yours. However, it is a routine of targeted stretches and exercises prescribed by my chiropractor. And, I’m doing my best to stick to it. My biggest challenge is to change my mindset. I’ve always viewed exercise as a chore! Thanks for the tips, and have a great week!

    • Hi Trinity!
      Thanks for sharing your routine! Do you enjoy doing what your chiropractor prescribed? Enjoying what you do definitely helps with the mindset.
      You have a great week too!

  2. I just know you will do well and succeed! How wonderful that you are working with Tamara!

  3. Tamara says:

    Thanks so much for the shout out Evelyn. I’ve loved watching you develop a solid and consistent exercise routine! You’ve truly become an independent exerciser (the topic of my blog post for today 😉 ). xo

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