“If fitness and mental health are front of mind, but you don’t know where to start, my tip would be, if possible, to try new things and explore what types of exercise you actually enjoy doing. Doing exercise we don’t particularly enjoy can affect our motivation levels. I’d also advise people to just start at 10 minutes of movement. It may not feel like a lot but it removes the barrier of having to find time AND it can feel psychologically more doable than trying to plan for 30 mins plus etc. 10 minutes is better than nothing and quite often, getting started with 10 mins can lead us to continue exercising for longer,” Karen says.
There are a lot of activities you can try, like running, cycling, swimming, walking, rollerblading, tennis, dancing, gardening, and yoga. Don’t feel like you have to stick to something you don’t like – being regularly active is only sustainable if you enjoy what you’re doing. When you find the kind of activity you like, you will find that you look forward to your workout rather than dreading it or trying to put it off.