Exercise: getting started

Dancing for fitness

Get into dancing with this beginners' guide, including a quick guide to the most popular dance styles in the UK.

Running tips for beginners

Running tips for beginners, including safety advice, technique, staying motivated and finding a running club.

Swimming for fitness

Start swimming with this beginners' guide to making swimming fun and safe.

Walking for health

A guide to walking to improve your health and fitness, including tips on getting started and making walking fun.

Cycling for beginners

Whether it's to get to work or school, or just for fun, get started in cycling with this beginners' guide.

Health benefits of rock climbing

Find out about rock climbing’s unique physical and mental challenge and the life skills it can teach.

Fitness training tips

Guide to fitness training, with tips on building stamina, strength and flexibility, as well as diet and motivation.

Couch to 5K: tips for new runners

Expert advice to get you started on the Couch to 5K running plan, including what to wear, warming up and nutrition.

Tools

Media last reviewed: 11/03/2013

Next review due: 11/03/2015

What's your sport?

Find out which sport you're best suited to with this short psychological and aptitude test

Find your sport

12-week fitness plan

A 12-week exercise plan for beginners combining running and strength and flexibility workouts

Couch to 5K

Tips on getting started with the Couch to 5K running plan, including podcasts and real stories to motivate you

Health and fitness

Boost your health and fitness with fun and practical ideas to get active and improve your general health

Get fit with the Olympics

Get into the Olympic spirit and kickstart your active lifestyle