Of the tens of excuses you have, time sits at the top of the list when it comes to a fitness routine. Despite acknowledging the importance of working out, squeezing in time for it is the toughest bit. Whether you're a homemaker, CEO of a global company or retiree, it seems the day always has something in store for you that eliminates time for a workout. For this reason, getting a routine in place helps.

Like all things in life, once a routine has been established, you'll shrink the number of excuses you may have for not doing it. In this article, we'll help you set up a fitness routine you can follow. You might have to personalise it to suit your personal circumstances.

1. Know where you are now and where you want to be next

All journeys begin by knowing where you are now. It's the same with a fitness routine. Knowing present circumstances can help you determine where you want to be, that is, destination or goal. Whether it is to lose weight, build more muscles or improve your stamina, keeping the goal or goals in full view helps with the planning process. The latter is useful in marking the milestones of your journey. Each milestone achieved becomes a motivator for the next.

2. Design your fitness routine

Whether you choose to design it on your own or with the help of a professional, it doesn't matter for a start. The key is to be pragmatic while at the same time dialling up the challenge as you progress. Having determined where you are now and where you want to be next, it's easier to calibrate what happens in between. Some of the more common principles to adhere to in the design will include building variety in the routine (for example, brisk walk, run and cycling or swimming), incorporate rest and recovery days as well as the intensity days, that is when you push yourself to the limit. If you need some guidance on what exercises to do, sign up to the FatBlaster 6-week Program and receive a free personalised exercise plan each week.

3. Start!

Now that you've got a plan, get started. Unless you do so, it remains but wishful thinking. Be forewarned: do not let your initial enthusiasm and excitement get the better of the plan. You risk injury or exhausting yourself too quickly. Be conservative and start small, perhaps a leisurely 1-hour walk followed by a 30 minutes brisk walk the week after before you start the slow runs. Be attentive to what the body says and be flexible at the same time. Remember, once you've started, the next challenge is to keep going.

4. Track your progress

Tracking your progress augments the discipline you need to maintain the routine. In addition, it can be a source of motivation. Every milestone you can tick off pushes you to the next. Depending on how far you've progressed, you might want to dial it up and set bigger goals.

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