Physicians recommend taking at least 30 minutes of light to moderate exercise every single day. Exercise promotes weight loss, cardiovascular health, good posture and a general feeling of wellbeing.

Don’t go crazy: Exercise does not have to be intense to be beneficial. As a general rule, exercise that raises heart rate and breathing to the point where it is noticeable but does not prevent you from carrying on a normal conversation is about the correct level of intensity.

Make it fun: If the gym bores you, find an activity you enjoy, such as tennis, a team sport, brisk walking with friends or family, dancing, swimming or rollerblading. Experiment and find something you think you will be inspired to keep doing in the long-term.

If in doubt, check it out: If you feel extremely breathless or experience dizziness or pain in any part of your body when exercising, visit your family physician. This is especially advised for those who are overweight or have long-term health problems.

Make a plan: Set time aside in your diary for exercise and choose weekend outings that incorporate some physical activity.

Get motivated: Remember that the hardest part is forcing yourself to get your sneakers on and get out there – once that’s over with, exercising is great fun!

Remember, it’s your life, your future, Your Health First.