Do you want to get into working out seriously, but don't know where to start? We've all been there. For girls on the go, making time for the gym in your busy schedule can be a mission all in itself. Getting into a good rhythm when you're still feeling those summer heatwaves takes some work. But if you're determined to max out on your September GRIND, we've got what you need to create a fitness plan that you can actually stick to. A good rule of thumb is to set aside 3-5 days per week that you can call your workout days. For seriously changing your body composition, that kind of consistency is essential. Anything less than that is best if you're looking to maintain your physique and make smaller moves towards your fitness goals. Have an idea of what you want to accomplish, and do a variety of exercises connected to that goal. There are lots of apps and tools that will give you the info you need to get started — whether you want killer abs or runner’s legs, the more you learn, the more you can accomplish. As always when setting goals, it’s important to write things down and inspire yourself however you can. Variety is the spice of life, but it’s also the secret to overall fitness. Mixing up your activities, building difficulty slowly, and making time for both workouts and recoveries will help you get into a rhythm that grows along with you. A well-rounded routine could incorporate cardio, strength training, yoga, and dance, and all through different exercises. This way you’re working out your whole body, and you'll feel better for it overall! One of the best ways to make sure you can stick to a plan is by being realistic with your time. Don't promise yourself something you can’t deliver! It’s just setting yourself up to let yourself down, and that kind of discouragement is a grind-killer. If you don't think you'll be able to actually devote an hour a day to working out, find a more realistic spot in your schedule and commit to that instead. Scheduling time to exercise like you would schedule time for anything else in your daily routine, is a great way to maintain some regularity. Your plan needs to work for you and your schedule! If you integrate activity into your lifestyle, your goals seem way more achievable and working out will feel all the more natural. At the same time, stay flexible. You won’t always be able to make it to the gym, but that doesn't mean you failed or that your fitness has to suffer. There are so many exercises you can do pretty much anywhere that will make you feel great, and adding in something different every now and then never hurt anybody. From pilates to planks, there’s room to work out everywhere if you just keep your mind open to it. Stay positive! When creating a fitness plan, don't forget to have some fun with it! If you can, try to coordinate your gym visits with a friend. It helps build a sense of accountability, not to mention keeping boredom at bay. Dance classes or yoga sessions are fun and social ways to work up a sweat, and they'll help get you out of your head and into the exercises.