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I really want to get more active but I really don't know where to start, can you help?

There’s no time like the present, and you don’t need to start with five-mile runs or hour-long gym sessions. Try and incorporate a little activity into your daily routine, and think about what you hope to achieve. The general rule is to make your body work hard enough to increase your heart-rate, maybe starting with 10 to 15-minute workouts. Walking is something you can fit into a daily routine. Try a short walk before breakfast, after dinner, or both, adding a few minutes each time. The same goes for cycling. There’s also swimming and other sports too, and it can even be a family activity, playing in the garden or at the park.

Switching to fitness walking will increase that heart-rate. And if you prefer running, don’t feel you’ll stand out as a novice. It’s not about being a top-class athlete, just getting fit. If running ticks the boxes, work towards a goal, such as a charity fun-run or 5k. That should motivate you. Some people consider gym classes or weights sessions. Others may opt for a home fitness regime. You won’t need all the equipment. You can exercise during your lunch breaks too, either in the gym or through a brisk walk or quick swim.

You can even increase fitness levels through housework or work in the garden. Being at work shouldn’t deter you either. Consider walking to appointments and taking the stairs rather than the lift. If you see yourself as a couch potato, try limiting your TV time. Incorporate fun into your schedule too, perhaps making it a social affair with friends or family, or enrolling for dance, yoga, tai chi, Zumba or Pilates classes.

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