* Begin slowly. Overdoing your first few workouts may lead you to quit.
* Remember that exercise does not have to be intense to be valuable. A moderate workout that lasts 30 minutes is beneficial.
* Find a role model who can support your efforts.
* Find a workout partner for mutual support.
* Lower your expectations. Don’t expect to be good at your chosen activity right away. And don’t expect immediate changes in your body and health.
* Set aside time to exercise and don’t let other things interfere. If you can’t schedule a regular workout time, consider an activity that you can do almost any time.
* Find an activity or exercise that you really enjoy. If you like what you’re doing, you are more likely to stay with it.
* If you miss a few days or weeks of exercise, don’t criticize yourself. Likewise, if you have never exercised, forget past transgressions and focus on the benefits of exercising now.
* Don’t exercise because someone else is forcing you; it won’t last. Do it because you want to.
* If you still find it difficult to start, look for simple ways to build physical activity into your daily life: Use the stairs instead of the elevator.