1. List out your favorite exercise activities. 2. Map out a schedule of your time, and identify good times for regular exercise. These should not be right after meals. 3. Set small, realistic goals. Don't be all-or-nothing; ten minutes here and there of exercise is better on a regular basis than running six miles once a month. 4. Your plan should include 3 types of exercise: aerobic (walking, dancing, swimming), strength (lifting, pushing, pulling), and stretching. 5. Aim for 30 minutes a day, five days a week.