Make activity enjoyable
Pick an activity (or range of activities) that appeals to you, since you’re more likely to keep to an exercise plan if you like it.
Choose activities that suit your lifestyle
Consider your budget, physical abilities and amount of free time.
Check out local activity options
Opportunities to be active in your neighbourhood may include leisure centres, sports clubs, parks, walking trails, swimming pools or exercise classes.
Make activity a social event
Find a friend or family member to be active with so you can motivate and reward each other, or make some new friends through a class or club.
Have bad weather options
Head to your local swimming pool or gym to exercise indoors.
Keep some exercise equipment at home
Options include exercise DVDs, a stationary bike, skipping rope or fitness ball.
Have fun being active
Go dancing, fly a kite, throw a frisbee or swim in the sea – you’re not limited to sports and structured exercise programs.
Get active around the house
Housework, washing the dog and gardening are all physical activities that burn calories and help keep you fit.
Look for incidental ways to be active
For example, walk or cycle to the local shops, instead of driving the car. Use the stairs instead of the lift or escalator.
Involve the whole family in keeping fit
Arrange for outings that are physically active, such as walking the dog, rowing or hiking.
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