If you want to replace fat with muscle in your body, it is important to develop a well-planned bodybuilding exercise routine. Such a routine will also help you to develop greater flexibility and strength. Other benefits include lowering blood pressure and increasing bone strength.

It does not matter if you are a professional bodybuilder or newbie; to achieve the best results you need to have a plan with a definite goal in mind. It is important to challenge yourself, but remain realistic.

Your bodybuilding routine should help you meet your goal. Whether you write your goal on paper, save it in your computer or even track your progress on your phone, you need to make sure you are precise and positive when you state your goal. Try to focus on performance rather than outcomes when setting a goal.

Do not make it a competition because you cannot control other people’s routines — only your own. If you want to lose a certain amount of fat or build a certain amount of muscle, these types of goals are achievable without competing with someone else.

Writing down your goals and planning your routine will keep you focused and organized by making it seem more formal. If it seems more formal in your mind, you are more likely to continue working according to the plan.

Your plan should also include several short term or mini goals to give you a sense of accomplishment when you reach them while you strive to reach your main long-term goal. Staying encouraged in this way helps you stick to your bodybuilding routine.

Setting a deadline to reach your goal is another way of making it more concrete and thus making it less likely that you will procrastinate in starting your exercise routine. Be sure to track your progress with each routine that you complete, and decide what reward you want to treat yourself to once you have reached your long-term goal.

Proper warm-up routines are essential to your workout plan. It may be tempting to skip warm-ups, but these are important because they improve your overall performance and reduce the risk of injury.

Warm-ups can include aerobic exercise on a treadmill as well as walking, step aerobics, stationary cycling or rowing. They can also include knee bends, arm circles or shoulder circles. Lifting light weights with a high number of reps can also be considered a warm-up activity.

The next phase of your workout plan should focus on the areas that you wish to target or the goal that you wish to accomplish. For example, if you want to build your legs, plan to incorporate leg presses or barbell squats into your routine.

If you are looking to build muscle in your chest, barbell presses will help. Doing more sets of fewer reps with heavier weights will help you build muscle mass. You should take one minute to rest between each set. Eating properly and drinking enough fluids is another important aspect of your bodybuilding plan.