You do thousands of things every week, sometimes, but not always, including exercise. But what if you are trying to make your health and fitness a focus, how do you actually do that? How do you manage your busy schedule to the point that you actually have some amount of time everyday to be active? You have to set a your workout routine.

Workout routine consists of much more than just how many days per week you workout. It’s a good place to start though. Get more detailed than telling yourself you will workout 3 days this week though, or else you’ll get to Friday and realize you can’t succeed. Look at your calendar and decide which 3 days and when. Then put it in like you have a meeting, or have partner to help keep you accountable. Make it a priority in your week if you are deciding to make health your priority!

Next, know what your workout is going to look like. When you walk into the gym you should know what you are going to do that day. It doesn’t have to be down to the minute or strict exercises if that isn’t what you want, but at least have an idea of how long and what muscle groups you are focusing on. Know whether you are splitting your days into push and pull movements, or chest and tricep etc. Know if today is your cardio day or if it’s more of a recovery day. Go into your workout with a plan and a goal. You’ll know if you’ve achieved it.

Lastly, make sure you are using the correct weight and doing the amount of reps that line up with your goals. This is where advice from a personal trainer, or using online apps, or whatever it may be to help you can be useful. If strength training is the goal, then you shouldn’t be a ton of doing low weight/ high rep exercises. Again, have a plan and a goal.

When it comes to workout routines, think “when, what, and why?” Very specifically decide when are you working out this week, including how long. Have a plan of what you are going to do during that workout, and keep the long term goal of why you are there in your head to determine the what as well. Creating a routine is going to help you stay true to your desire to keep health and fitness a priority.