Any exercise is better that no exercise at all, so start off small! Don’t spend hours in the gym if it is not something you enjoy, and you find yourself needing days to recover. It is recommended that adults do 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day. This can even be broken down into two 15-minute or even three 10-minute sessions. Start with an exercise goal you can achieve and once you start to meet it consistently, build on this and increase it gradually. Remember this is a marathon not a sprint so don’t expect too much too soon, this will just lead to demotivation and frustration. Focus on being consistent. Physical changes will show in time.
Be prepared! Choose a weekly class and sign up or pick a set time for your exercise, put it in the calendar and stick to it. This will help you get into a routine. Try not to leave things to the last moment, so find your gym gear the night before and prepare your gym bag for the next day or leave it in your car, so it is always on you. That way you can’t use forgetting your gear to get out of a work out as an excuse.
It’s a good idea to track your activity to ensure your exercise is recorded and to make sure you’re keeping hydrated. Doing this will allow you to look back and see how far your have come and its great motivation!
Make sure you create an exercise routine that suits you. If you’re a morning person you could try waking up an hour earlier and fitting your exercise in before work, or if you find yourself with more energy after work go straight to the gym before going home. If you like to learn new skills and find work outs dull try a martial art, but if you just want to switch off and listen to your music go for running instead. Having exercise that fits in with your life will make it easier for it to become routine.