Exercise for weight loss: Getting started

Follow this exercise plan to increase your activity level.

If you haven’t exercised in a while, this can be hard work. Here are some tips to get you started.

  • Pick activities that are interesting and fun to you personally. If you like dancing, find a dance class. If you’re a person who enjoys group activities, try joining a sports team or a walking group. You don’t have to work out in a gym.
  • Start with an activity that is easy and convenient to do. You are unlikely to stick to a gym that is halfway across town – it might be better to try a home workout or a local exercise class.
  • Don’t think you have to spend lots of money to start exercising. See The 30-minute indoor workout that works for exercises you can do without leaving the house.
  • Get together with a partner, friend or family member and work out together. If you’ve arranged to meet someone for a morning walk, you will be less likely to press the snooze button!
  • Don’t forget to have rest days – aiming to exercise every single day is likely to set you up for failure. As you get fitter, keep challenging yourself by slowly increasing the intensity of your exercise.
First published: Oct 2008

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