Exercise: How to Get Started

Frequently Asked Questions

2. How do I identify my starting point?

To figure out how to start becoming more active, you need to know your starting point and build slowly from there. Knowing your starting point will help you pick activities that are comfortable and realistic for you. Starting out this way also will help you be successful.

To identify your starting point, think about a typical weekday and weekend day. How much time do you spend sitting? How much time are you active? When you're up and moving, what kinds of activities are you doing?

To help you figure out your activity level, try filling in an activity log. For a couple of weekdays and a weekend, keep track of how much time you exercise or are physically active. Write down how much time you spend doing each activity.

Download and print out this free activity log from Go4LifeĀ® , the exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging.