Start with walking. Walking is the most natural form of human movement there is. It doesn’t require anything but a comfortable pair of shoes and the willingness to put one foot in front of the other. As far as dropout rates, walking has the lowest of any form of exercise. It’s easy, safe, and you see results. It’s even fun, especially when you take your dog or your friend along.
Being physically active can save you money in health care costs and employers like that. Many employers even have fitness programs they make available to their employees. You might even have a fitness center on site that you didn’t know about. People who take care of themselves are less likely to miss work and when they are at work they are more productive than people who don’t exercise. This could be one reason more slender people are promoted over those who are heavier.
Work out at home. You might do yoga, Pilates, general calisthenics, weight lifting, or you might purchase a piece of exercise equipment that you particularly like. One man I know loves rowing. He hates most every form of exercise he has ever tried, including walking and the only one he really enjoys is rowing. For him, it was a good idea to invest in a good quality rowing machine. Since he made the purchase he works out on the rower on a very regular basis. This turned a former couch potato into a relatively avid exerciser.
You don’t have to even call it “working out” to get the benefits of movement. Doing yard work, gardening, even housework can provide cardiovascular benefits. Instead of hiring someone to do that work for you while you sit on the couch and watch television, get up and do it yourself. Your body will thank you.