If you have access to one and can afford it, then joining a gym is a terrific incentive to tackle an exercise regime head-on. But humans were fit and healthy well before the age of running machines, cross-trainers and skin tight Lycra - so don't ignore the many free and rewarding ways to enjoy an active lifestyle!
Let's go behind the headlines and dig a little deeper. For a start, it's helpful to think about sugar by splitting them into two groups. The first is naturally occurring - such as lactose in milk. Then there is what is known as added sugar - such as table sugar and concentrated sources like fruit juice.
Walk or cycle rather than drive whenever you can. Fit in some press-ups or push-ups if you're able while you're waiting for the kettle to boil. And even take a few extra turns up and down the stairs. The opportunities are endless. Even household chores such as vacuum cleaning, gardening, shopping and DIY can be used to improve fitness.
One important point we would stress is to always speak to a healthcare professional before you begin an exercise regime. This is particular important if you have any kind of medical condition.
A good tip for a successful regime is always to start slow before building steady momentum. This will give time for your body to adjust, your muscles to strengthen, and your cardio vascular system to respond.
It sounds obvious but it really is true - the more you enjoy the activity, the more likely you are to keep at it and reap the rewards. So think about getting fit with friends, to make the activity a bit more of a social event. You could meet up for a run in the countryside, or even a walk in a local park. And how about a game of tennis, a swim at the local pool, or even a spot of dancing? It all counts.
Also choose an activity that you really enjoy. Many people find that returning to a sport they love - five a side football, horse-riding, netball, for example - gives them a real boost in later life. Look out for local clubs and societies.
Variety is another theme to bear in mind to make sure your exercise regime doesn't fall by the wayside. Vary your routine as much as possible and surprise yourself by trying new things. It’s a good way to keep stimulated and making sure an active lifestyle truly becomes a way of life.
Another couple of words of advice: never give up. Once you've started exercising your body will benefit, but the improvements may not be obvious or visible straightaway. So keep at it, be patient, and stay or track. You'll start feeling the rewards soon enough.