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Things to Consider When Creating Your Workout Routine

How to Craft the Perfect Workout Routine


Creating a workout routine is something that will be unique to every individual. This is due to the fact that everyone’s reasons for exercising are their own. Some of us want to lose weight, some of us want to get toned, some of us just want the simple joy of not wheezing when we walk up more than four stairs.

The main thing to consider is finding the time. “I work all day”, “The gym closes too early”, “Why would I wake up early to exercise?!”, all arguments I’ve heard time and again from people around me. When it comes to gym times, there is simply no excuse. The rise of the 24 hour gym means that you can have access to a complete range of equipment, 24 hours, 7 days a week.

“It’s honestly never been easier to build a workout schedule that suits you,” says Chris Thomson, club manager of Glasgow gym Anytime Fitness St Enoch, “With access to gym equipment throughout the day, we’re moving away from the idea that you can only go in the morning, at lunch, or straight after work.” This is a sentiment I love, as I used to work in hospitality. Working from 4pm through to 2am would previously mean I had nowhere to go after work to exercise. Upon the arrival of the 24 hour gyms, I could finish work, go do whichever part of my workout routine was on for that night, then go and have a peaceful sleep.

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Finding the time, however, is not the only thing to take into consideration to. Without further ado, here are other things to take into consideration when creating your workout routine.

  • Realize realistic goals – Pushing your body to achieve unrealistic goals will result in physical damage and a loss of motivation. No one can lose 3kg in 2 days or gain 4kg in muscle in a week. Lasting change occurs over long periods of time, and maintaining these changes requires regular exercise becoming an integral part of your lifestyle. Expecting too much in too little time will end any dreams you have of affecting change.
  • Muscles aren’t built lifting weights, they’re built when they’re lying on the mat – Rest and recuperation is critical to muscle gain. Hypertrophy – muscle growth to the layman – occurs when you rest, not when you lift. Give yourself enough time between workouts, otherwise you will cause damage to your body. This will force you out of your workout routine and put a stop to any gains you may have had.
  • Make sure you time your workouts appropriate  – A workout can be as long or as short as you require it to be. People often forget, however, to factor in the other timing aspects of a successful workout routine. Getting changed at either side, washing down, waiting on access to gym equipment, the list goes on. There’s little point scheduling an hour for a workout if 30 minutes of that is going to be simply setting up and breaking down, with another 10 minutes wasted on waiting for equipment.
  • Don’t use others as a benchmark or guideline – As mentioned at the start of the article, people get into exercise for different reasons. Some are gaining weight, some are losing it. Some are reducing health risks, others are training as part of their careers. Everyone you see has also been exercising for different lengths of time. When looking at someone in prime physical condition, it is uncertain as to whether they’ve been training for 10 months of 10 years. Focus on your own progression without comparing yourself to others.
  • Make sleep hygiene a key part of your workout routine – Sleep hygiene is the collection of practices that are conducive to sleeping well on a regular basis. Exercise already promotes good sleep hygiene by tiring the body out, but there are other factors to consider. Timing meals, alcohol consumption, and avoiding electronic screens soon before going to bed are just some of the factors that affect sleep hygiene. Good sleep promotes good health, making it essential to a healthy lifestyle.
  • Last but not least, the gym is not the only option – The gym is a great place to work out. It is also not the only place. Going for runs, home workouts, outdoor yoga, rock climbing, and kayaking are but a few of the plethora of options available for staying fit outside of the gym. Find what works for you and stick with it.