The kids are getting back to school, and you think you are going to have more time for yourself. Continue to schedule your workouts because you are going to be just as busy.

Have you noticed how a free hour in your day just disappears? If you are lucky enough to get a free afternoon it will just disappear too. We are all busy. If our schedules open, there is just more things to get done.

It takes a lot of work to get kids back to school. They need clothes and supplies. They spend more time with their friends, and you are the transportation. And you must get the family vacation done well before school starts and that takes planning.

When your kids are back in school, things are hectic before school starts each day. Morning routines and afternoon routines form, and you are going to be in the thick of it. Your personal time is going to be crimped and you need to protect it.

Scheduling a workout is an essential activity. It is too easy to get off track because you are so busy. Workout consistency is important to getting healthy and safe results. In fact, consistency is one of the most important aspects of your workout routine. Results are dependent on making your fitness a priority.  If you are missing workouts your body does not get the chance to adapt to the work and stress of fitness that creates results.

We know people who schedule their workouts and put the “appointment” in their calendar have better attendance than people who wing it. They tend to be very committed to their workout because they know what it takes to make a workout day in and day out.

Getting to the gym or making your workout at home is a matter of priorities. You decide to make fitness a priority versus the other priorities of your life. If you do not prioritize fitness appropriately it can make workout consistency a challenge. You do not have time for everything.

If you find free time because the kids are back to school, use some of this time for your workouts. Take the best part of the day for your workout. Pick the time when you are the most rested, well fed and motivated for a great workout. Make it the best time for you.

It helps to keep yourself very organized. Try not to let things creep into your schedule. There are many things in and around your life you can organize to keep yourself efficient. Schedule other things that take up your time. Your sleep schedule, for example, is something that can affect your workout schedule. You spend one-third of your life sleeping.

When people impede on your time sometimes you have to say “no.” Saying no helps you stick to your schedule. Stick with your priorities and know when to say no so you can make your workouts a number one priority.