Workout Routines

Workout routines vary greatly depending on far-reaching factors such as age, gender and the goal of the person. Some of these goals include:

  • The lose weight
  • To build muscle and bulk up
  • To improve endurance and stamina
  • To increase strength
  • To improve health
  • To improve physical attractiveness

Once your goals are set, you also need to look at your body type to help determine exercise patterns suitable for that body type. Your body type helps to determine fitness goals as some types are more prone to bulking up muscles, while others are not.

Body Types and Exercise

The three main body types are ectomorph, endomorph and mesomorph.


The ectomorph will normally find it difficult to put on weight and muscles due to their naturally lean body structure. For people with this body type the best exercises will be those that promote muscle growth and do not prevent weight gain, which is normally the main goal of the ectomorph. Exercise plans should include bodybuilding with use of heavier weights and less cardio so as not to burn too much calories. 


The main goal of the endomorph is to lose weight and keep it off while maintaining a more toned structure. Exercises for this group include weight training and intense cardio programs to program fat loss by burning calories and building muscle mass.


At the other end of the scale, the mesomorph is those with a more muscular frame. The mesomorph does not normally have a challenge losing or gaining weight. Just about any exercise program will work for people in this group.

Types of Programs

It would be almost impossible to list all the various workout routines that exist. Some of the most popular includes:

Bodybuilding workouts

Probably the most popular type of exercises especially for men, but many women also do these for various reasons including strength training. Even here there are many variations depending on what you want to achieve and how quickly you want to do it. Some of these including the strength building 5x5 program for mass muscle mass growth. Another is the Upper/Lower Split Schedule program that works two sets of muscles each week.

Swimming workouts

One of the most versatile fitness plans around, this is great for just about anyone and easily fulfills some of the main goals of any health and fitness plan. Swimming works all muscles and the program can be changed around by including some water aerobics to the mix.

Aerobic workouts

These can be low or high intensity so there is something for everyone. For those with joint issues, water aerobics is a good way to keep activity, burn calories and get meet fitness goals. The many activities that fall into this group include walking, riding, using the treadmill and aerobic dancing.

Pregnancy workouts

During pregnancy many women want to continue to keep fit. Since some of the more strenuous exercises are not advisable for most pregnant women, it is important to find what is safe. Some fitness plans for these women include Pilates, yoga, and cardio such as walking and even light weights if your doctor gives the go-ahead.

How to Choose Your Workout Routines

Selecting the right exercises or fitness plan not only takes into consideration your goals but your schedule and even health.  The main points to bear in mind when choosing the ideal program after setting your goals are:

  • Select the programs that will help meet your goal, so for weight loss, focus on workout routines that encourage fat loss through calorie burning such as cardio, aerobics, bootcamp and crossfit.
  • Look at the role diet will play in helping you achieve your goals and implement this has a part of your overall program
  • What will be convenient for you, for example if money will be a problem joining a gym may not be the best option, but some home workout routines may be the better choice.

No matter what your aim, your workout routines should ideally include programs for flexibility, strength training and cardio. Flexibility is important for many reasons including helping the body to better burn and use fats. It also help with develop leaner muscles. 

You should also, once your health and fitness levels allow it look at changing up your exercises somewhat every eight or weeks. This serves to keep you motivated and stops boredom from setting in. It also helps with plateauing when body parts and muscles get too use to a particular exercise patterns and the results slows down tremendously or stops.

Crossfit workouts are now the biggest trend when it comes to meeting fitness goals but this intense program may not be everyone’s cup of tea. This program includes a wide mix of other fitness procedures, namely aerobics, gymnastics, weight training and Olympic weight lifting components.

The workout routines you choice should help your body perform at its best. Once you know what your fitness goals are, then you can find the right exercise plan to make it happen as effectively as possible. It is also important to stick to any program if the results are to be consistent and lasting.

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