Fitness Routines should detail different workouts for each day of the week. Fitness routines need to be closely adhered to in order for the person using the fitness routine to maximize his or her results. Human body parts get worn down and stressed if they are exercised too heavily and often, therefore, it is necessary to give your muscles a rest while exercising other muscles that are not as sore. Dismantling your exercise routine into several different workouts to be performed during the week is a fantastic way to approach exercising and fitness. Exercising your biceps, triceps, forearm and other muscles in your arms can be your fitness routine on Monday. Tuesday can be a day for your thighs, quadriceps, calf muscles, and other muscles in your lower body. My personal fitness routine leaves Wednesday as a day for rest so I will do the same as we continue this example. Thursday is a perfect day to get back to work and hit the bench press. Along with bench pressing, there are approximately seven or eight other exercises I will do for my chest on this day. Incline and decline chest presses are awesome ways to add some spice to your fitness routine and really carve up your chest muscles. Push-ups are a must for anyone serious about having a day of their fitness routine dedicated to the pectoralis muscles. Dips and peck deck flys are other great additions to any chest workout. Our fitness routine comes to an end on Friday, which is a day focused on strengthening the back and its multitude of muscles. As we get older, having a flexible and strong back is crucial for maintaining our ability to compete athletically in the form of basketball, tennis, golf or baseball. Seated rows, lat pull downs, dips, pull-ups, chin-ups, and shrugs are just some of the exercises that can be done to strengthen ones back. So for a quick recap of how my fitness routine breaks down, we have worked out our arms (biceps / triceps / forearms) on Monday. On Tuesday we hit our lower body. Calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions and dead lifts are all part of our healthy fitness routine on Tuesday. Wednesday is a day for rest. Thursday is when I focus on my chest through a variety of challenging chest exercises which include the bench press, incline press, decline press, cable crossover and dumbbell flys. Lastly, Friday will be used as a day centered around working out the back muscles. Always make sure you are adding at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise during each one of your workouts. Fitness routines need to have cardio and strength training programs. Half an hour of cardio can be performed on a rowing machine, treadmill, elliptical, exercise bike or stair stepper. My personal favorites are the Life Fitness 95Ti Treadmill, StairMaster 916 Stair Stepper, the Life Fitness 95Ce Exercise Bike and the Precor EFX 556 Cross-trainer. Any of those health club quality pieces of gym equipment would be great for burning calories. Premium strength training equipment such as leg presses, bench presses, lat pulls and other various weight lifting equipment is easy to come by. There isn't much difference between 45 pound plates. No matter who makes them. However, the complete opposite is true for cardio equipment. One must be careful when purchasing fat burning machines such as treadmills, stationary exercise bikes, stair steppers, elliptical and cross-training machines. The electronic components of the fitness equipment just mentioned make cardio equipment such as treadmills and elliptical machines more difficult to create than dumbbells, bench presses and curl bars.