1 START SMALL
If an hour of physical activity is too much, start with 30 minutes, or even 15 minutes. Walk, skip, swim, run, bike or jump-rope your way gradually to fitness. Increase your time and speed when you're ready.
2 SEEK VARIETY
Ideally, you want to create a well-rounded fitness routine that includes cardiovascular work, strength training, flexibility and balance.
3 FUEL UP PROPERLY
Nutrition, hydration and smart meal timing are a must. Don't skip meals, especially breakfast.
4 DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF
So what if you can't do five miles a day, or curl the 25-pound dumbbell? Half of that is fine. Just start and never stop. You'll be surprised how quickly you progress.
5 NEVER GIVE UP!