With this scheduled activity, working out will not just be a bonus; it can change into a fact of life and part of your routine. Every week we have planned activities such as work lunches, kids' soccer games, meetings or nail appointments, so why not make a time slot in your calendar for exercise? When I started working out, my goal was to do some kind of aerobic activity three days a week and do 45 minutes of exercise each time. During the first few weeks, I was going consistently, but around week four, I would start putting off the workouts until later in the week. Other things in my life would start taking priority, and then Friday would come around and I would have to go to the gym the next three days in a row to keep up with my goal. It became overwhelming. This is when I decided to add my workouts to my calendar, just like I do my meetings, dentist appointments and haircuts. I now know that Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 7:30 to 8:30, I am scheduled for the gym. This doesn't mean that sometimes I cannot keep the appointments, like when I have an early meeting at work or something at my son's school, but instead of canceling the appointment, I change it. This written appointment for exercise keeps me accountable, and in the long run, keeps me consistent.