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.
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 Darebee.com. (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
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 Darebee.com. 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 Darebee.com. I recently discovered Dumbbell-exercises.com, this website has a ton of dumbbell exercises.
Disclaimer: I am not a personal trainer. Please consult your healthcare provider before doing any exercise routine.