Start slowly. Even a short break in the sunshine can improve circulation and your mood.

Compete only against yourself, and try to do a little more each day.

Choose activities you enjoy.

Adults should get 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate exercise a week, preferably 30 minutes at a time, but at least 10 minutes at a time is recommended. However, if you are just getting (back) into exercise and need to start with 5 minutes, that’s okay. The important thing is to MOVE. The more you move, the more your body will want to.

Make yourself a mix with songs that you can’t help but want to dance to, and have a “dance break” of 2 or 3 songs a couple of times a day.

Instead of talking on the phone or chatting online, meet your friends at a local trail to catch up while you get fit and relieve stress together.

Biking or using a manual wheel chair are also good ways to get out of the house and get some fresh air and exercise.

If balance is an issue, try a recumbant bike.

If the weather isn’t cooperating, indoor machines that work for balance issues include a recumbant stationary bike or rowing machine. Arm cycles are good if you have lower body limitations.

There are more options for exercise now than ever before for people with health challenges, and every little bit you do has an impact on your health.

Get moving and have fun! Remember, no matter how slowly you’re going, you’re lapping everyone on the couch!