Being active is great for keeping your heart healthy and, along with eating a healthy diet can help you to manage you weight.
And it’s not just good for your heart – physical activity also makes you look and feel great.
Small changes add up
Try starting off with a couple of ten minute sessions throughout the day and gradually increase
Remember the positives
You'll soon feel the benefits when you become more active. You'll feel fitter, have more energy, be more relaxed and have more confidence.
Keep it real
Set yourself realistic goals that are specific and achievable. For example, set a goal to walk 30 minutes every day or learn how to swim.
Make a diary date
Plan a time to do some physical activity that fits in with the rest of your day and try keeping a diary to help monitor your progress and success. If you miss a day, don't worry - just make sure you start again the next day.
Keep on your toes!
Remember, everyday activities count, so look out for opportunities to be active during the day.
For example, use the stairs instead of the escalators, walk to the local shop rather than taking the car and do some stretches when watching TV. Every little counts!
Choose activities that you enjoy to help you achieve your goals and keep you motivated. Why not give ballroom dancing, tennis, trampolining, yoga or pilates a try?
Get a buddy
Involve friends and family to make activities more fun, sociable and enjoyable. Go jogging with a friend and support and motivate each other, take the children swimming or join an exercise class.
Mix it up
Make a list of enjoyable activities, such as dancing and yoga, and place them in a jar. Pick a different activity to do each week. By varying your activities, you are less likely to get bored and lose interest.
Prompt yourself to be more physically active by keeping reminders around the house. Put Post-it notes on the fridge door or by the kettle, place your cycling helmet on your dressing table or put your walking shoes near the door.
Check your progress
Use a pedometer to count your steps to show you how well you're doing.
Walking is an ideal activity as it's free and easy to do anywhere. You could walk your children to school and back every day, take the dog for a walk or find a local park and go walking with a friend.
Recognise when you achieve your goals. Think of things that you could reward yourself with, like a copy of your favourite magazine, a new pair of trainers or a massage.