Congrats on comitting to yourself to exercise! That is the first step on a life long journey to living a healthier lifestyle. Now that you've said you will do it, how do you figure out what's a safe amount?
Are you a total couch potato that thinks exercise is walking to a from the bathroom during commericials? Or a regular gym goer that wants to add a little umph to their routine to lose those last few pounds?
Really be honest with yourself about where you are and where you want to be in 2 weeks time (yes, you will notice improvement in as little as 2 weeks!). If you are really out of shape, talk to your doctor to determine a specific safe plan for you.
Set a realisitic goal. Write it down.
*If you're totally out of shape, start with 2 minutes of walking in place in the privacy of your own home. Every other day, add 2 minutes onto this.
* Totally buff and tough, committ to taking a new class at the gym or working out with a friend you know will push you. Try a new activity to startle your muscles.
Stick with this for the next 2 weeks and you'll notice your new activity feels pretty comfortable & possibly you're pants are a little looser.