Whether "back-to-school" directly applies to you or not, September is basically the new January in matters of getting organized and in either establishing old routines or implementing new ones.
So even if your job is the same year-round and you don't have any kiddos going to school, you can still use this "summer's over, fall is coming" feel of the season to hit the reset button and build a plan for your health.
Especially if you've spent a good part of your summer hitting the macaroni salad and knocking back a few beers at every BBQ you've attended.
But why do you need a "routine"?
For starters, it is no secret that one of the habits of highly effective people is the use of routine.
Many books have been written on this from What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam to Charles Duhigg's The Power of Habit (both of which I'd highly recommend!) and the correlation between having an established routine and achieving one's goals always proves evident.
Why can't you just set the goal that you are going to exercise that day and then follow through on it; why the need for "routine"?
Because life happens. Sometimes we have the best intentions but the day gets away from us.
I know even on the days I have the most available time, I can neglect certain things I thought I'd get done that day because I got distracted with different menial tasks. I'll walk to the kitchen to get a drink before sitting down to do the bills and end up cleaning out my fridge for an hour.
Want to get your workout in? Make a routine.
Plan out each day you want to work out, slot it in a specific time, and then decide what you are going to do that day.
It's no better to have carved out a half hour to exercise and then to spend fifteen minutes of it figuring out what you are going to do.
Have a plan!
Get out your calendar, planner, or add it to your phone, but put this in writing somewhere. Find the days and times that work best for your schedule and then commit to it.
The weeks fly by and soon enough it IS going to be January. Don't wait until then; utilize the next four months ahead of you.