One of my favourite things this time of year is getting back to my regular routine. Up with the kids at 6: 30 a.m., out the door by 7: 45 and at my studio or teaching in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Windsor by 8: 30 a.m.

My clients are just like me. Many wander from their regular routines over the summer and are now getting back on track.

A great way to adopt an exercise routine is to book three or four regular appointments for yourself. Exercise is like many other things: If you don’t schedule it, it won’t happen. Having a regular time to exercise also helps you mentally get into the routine while scheduling other things around the workout.

Most busy adults I know need to take a step further and schedule this appointment with a trainer or group exercise instructor who will keep you accountable. It’s often tempting to forget to exercise for something more pressing, but if you know someone is waiting, then you are more likely to show up.

I have taken my own advice the past six weeks and have been working with the trainers at my studio. For me, it’s a great opportunity to give the trainers feedback and to get a high-quality workout. No matter how I am feeling before the session, I know that when I show up I’ll put in the work.

Things I enjoy most about working with a trainer include:

. I know they are going to weigh me and ask about my food journal.

. They will also push me further than I would push myself.

. I have learned new exercises, teaching cues, and things about myself and the trainers.

. Keeps me focused on accomplishing my goal of losing 25 pounds by Sept. 30. To date, I am down 11 pounds.

I am not aware of anyone who can’t benefit by working with a trainer. The more out of shape or limited you are physically, the more you’ll benefit by working with a pro.