Compared to winging it at the gym, designing a specific workout routine is more effective for achieving your goals. Making a commitment to scheduled training sessions and physical recovery will result in cumulative gains that aren’t easy to come by without a set plan.
A consistent workout routine is also crucial if you’re playing sports. “An important reason to begin an exercise program is to gain fitness in order to minimize the risk of sports injury,” says Scott A. Rodeo, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and clinician-scientist at the HSS Sports Rehabilitation and Performance Center. “Establishing muscle strength, endurance, and flexibility is the single most important factor in preventing common sports injuries such as runner’s knee, rotator cuff tendonitis in the shoulder, or tennis elbow.”
Your workout routine should include strength, mobility, and endurance training, as well as measurable goals and a variety of exercises. (Learn more about building a fitness program here.) Once you’ve decided what you’d like to focus on, try these ideas for getting into the routine.