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Workout Routines

A workout routine is a compilation of exercises, sets and reps that you will perform for each muscle group. It is also the days and manner in which you will perform these exercises.

One rule-of-thumb when developing your routine is to split your weightlifting days so that you donít exercise the same muscles every day. You want to be careful to not overtrain your muscles. This could lead to possible injuries to the muscles and joints. For example, workout your chest, shoulders, and triceps on Monday and Thursday and workout your biceps, back, and legs on Tuesday and Friday.

Some people like to exercise each muscle group only once per week. A sample routine like this would be: Monday workout your chest and triceps, Wednesday your biceps and back, Friday your shoulders and legs and rest on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Another example would be to incorporate an aerobic activity into your workout routine. Instead of resting on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, you could perform 45 minutes of non-stop aerobic activity such as cycling, jogging, stair climbing or cross-country skiing.

Beginners should start out doing aerobic exercises for 2 to 3 times per week with 15 minutes sessions. After one week, increase the workout time in five minute increments until you reach 45 minutes. When you reach 45 minutes for each session then you can add more days. Your goal should be to exercise 3 times per week for 45 minutes or more each session.

One thing to remember about cardio workouts is that for the first 20 minutes you are only burning glucose. It is not until after the first 20 minutes that your body starts to burn the stored fat. That is why it is important to get your workouts to a minimum of 30 minutes per session.

Designing a routine isnít hard one you understand the basics. The first thing you need to do is set goals. Different goals require a different set of exercises and dietary requirements. A person who wishes to build endurance will have a different workout routine that someone who wishes to build muscle mass.

Once your goals are set, then a routine can be devised which will help you achieve those goals. Next, determine which exercise will best help you meet your intended goals. Many times a dietary changes need to be included with your routine.

When developing a routine you should be aware of factors that can negatively affect your routine. These factors include impatience, too high expectations, exercising incorrectly, using the wrong program, exhaustion, and boredom. All of these factors can have a negative impact on the results of your routine. To help combat these you should be patient with your results, donít set your expectations too high, use the correct program, exercise correctly, pace yourself and vary your routine so you donít get bored.

Drew Voight

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