The answer? Start now and take small steps
Join a class for external motivation and commit with a friend to go. Make sure you like what you do, vary things for extra interest and try something new.
Book a one to one appointment with a fitness or wellness coach and get the support you need to keep going.
Use technology – even a simple step counter can provide great motivation. In the gym programmes such as virtual active will keep you moving as the immersive high definition footage will keep your mind off the exercise! If you like a challenge, set yourself the task of climbing globe-spanning landmarks on the Climb Mill.
Promise yourself a reward for good behaviour, new kit, trainers. Sign up for a sporting challenge and plan to train to achieve a good time.
Make space in your diary, get a few pieces of equipment at home so you can do a workout there if you are short of time. Just 30 minutes of exercise makes you feel better physically, lifts your mood, energises you.
When you are looking for an excuse to miss exercise, remind yourself of the benefits. Long-term, the physical and mental advantages of regular exercise are well documented. Those who exercise and eat healthily suffer from fewer chronic illnesses in later life and recovery from illness or injury is often quicker, or has a better outcome.