Often, we put exercise at the bottom of our to-do list. We get caught up in our daily lives and lose sight of how important being active really is. But the best way to get back on track is to simply start.

More than a feeling

Being active has many benefits. Not only do you live a healthier life, but it also improves your mood and helps you sleep better, so you’ll be walking on sunshine. It may be hard to sustain in the beginning, but nothing beats those endorphins afterwards.

Take it easy

Start easy. Going in too strong in the beginning can demotivate you or even result in injury. Start with 30 minutes of mild to moderate exercise, like a brisk walk, a couple of times a week until you feel ready to do more. Get an active day when you burn 300 calories, walk 10 000 steps or go to the gym.

Happy together

Make your exercise routine fun by including a friend or joining a group. An exercise buddy will motivate you and create a measure of accountability. Get a treat if you achieve your weekly activity streak with Weekly Wins and take them for a coffee at Wimpy.

Running on empty

You need the correct fuel to be able to sustain physical activity. Eating healthy balanced meals gives you the energy you need. You’ll also have the endurance to go further.

Another one bites the dust

Being consistent with exercise and healthy habits yield the best results. Go to the gym, hit the road or opt for the salad even if you don’t feel like it. It’s all worth it in the long run.

Don’t stop believing

This may be the year where you run your first half marathon or lose that extra 10kg. Whatever your goal, set it and crush it. It keeps you motivated to know that you’re working towards something.

Shake it off

Smoking and excessive drinking can derail your success. It may be time to exchange less favourable habits for better ones. Look on the bright side – you’ll live a longer, happier life and feel great – something your future self will thank you for.