In this week’s Ultimate Transformation Moment, we look at routine transitions and schedule changes during the summer, as another school year comes to a close, for both the children and parents as well.

While we’ve been on point with our health and wellness plans during the year, changes may be required to continue the plan, now that children’s daily schedule have changed. When our children are in school, we have very clear routines in place–time to wake up, time for exercise, breakfast, lunch and dinner. The day has a steady, sometimes militarily-precise flow in order to progress smoothly, because there is so much to accomplish.

When school ends for our children during the summer months, there’s a transition period where the schedule becomes somewhat fluid. It’s less clear-cut. However, since our health and wellness is a lifestyle, this is the one area that must remain clear.

As you work your way through the transition and into the new summer schedule, the first step is to eliminate any excuses for not maintaining your fitness routine. Know that you can still do your workouts; you may want to simply set a new goal.

Recently, a few of my clients have decided that they want to run half-marathons that are scheduled in August and September of this year. In this case, they will need to incorporate more workouts, and do more mileage. This simple goal modified their workout and also gave them something to look forward to and train for. Their summer schedules are slightly different than the schedule throughout the school year, and they are making adjustments.

During this transition period, keep the mindset that your health and wellness plan is a lifestyle. You cannot make any excuses about whether you will put in the time. Set a plan, and find a new exciting way to fulfill it.

While the children are out of school, you may want to include them in the workout. This would be a great time for them to fine-tune their fitness, as well. However, if this is your quiet time, you may prefer to take them to work out during a separate time. You may need to change the time of day during which you train.

The summer workout solution is as simple as this: don’t make any excuses. Keep your mindset of health and wellness, set a plan, set new goals, make adjustments as necessary, but stay on task. Fulfill your goals and allow nothing to get in the way of your health and wellness plan.

Make a commitment and continue to live up to that commitment. Then just get it done.

That’s our Ultimate Transformations Moment. Peace and be more.

Erich Nall is the owner and founder of Ultimate Transformations Training in Los Angeles, Calif. He is the author of “21 Days to Ultimate Health and Wellness.” He is also a regular guest and commentator on KJLH 102.3 FM’s the “Front Page” with Dominique DiPrima. Contact him at: