It’s easy to talk about doing more exercise, but much harder to actually make it a habit.
Before you start, if you’re over 40, obese, suffering from a chronic illness, or have been sedentary for a long period of time, it’s important you chat to a medical professional first.
Then, start slow, with safe, easy, low-impact and comfortable forms of exercise, like walking, swimming and cycling.
“You’re much more likely to stick to a routine if it’s fun, so choose activities that you enjoy or find interesting,” Josh suggests, adding that exercising with a friend can be great for motivation.
“Not only is the exercise going to improve your physical health, there’s going to be mental and emotional benefits associated with socialising with friends.”
The same applies for people who are returning to exercise after an extended break. While you may have been able to lift 80 kilos or run steadily on the treadmill, you need to slowly build up your strength, fitness and flexibility to reduce the risk of injury.