Our expert says:
It's absolutely NEVER too late to start exercise, and you've got more than enough time and opportunity to get all the benefits of training, and then some. You must not feel like your time has passed, because you've missed on a few years of training. There's no time like the present, and you'll find that some regular exercise makes as much, if not more, impact on your life than it would for anyone else.
So where to start? The treadmill is a good idea to begin with, but don't rule out getting outside to train just yet. What about finding some friends who will train with you? You might think that impossible, but you never know, perhaps your example will inspire them to get fit as well, and you'll have a group of regular walkers going in no time. I think you'd be surprised at how many people are in the same situation as you - wanting to train, but not knowing how and being too nervous to begin. You can be the ice-breaker and the inspiration for them!
So what I would do is begin with the treadmill, and do maybe 15 to 20minutes of walking, four or five times a week. Just to ease yourself into things. If you go to the FItness page of this website, then click on "Programmes", you'll see a walking 5km and a walking 10km programme. You can take your pick of the two, I'd go with the 5km one first, and then graduate to the 10km programme later. They're both very easy to begin with, and then build up, which is exactly what you need.
I think the goal of entering a fun walk next year is easily within reach. In fact, you might even manage a 5km walk by the end of the year, and who knows, maybe a 10? But don't let your mind get ahead of your body, just go one week at a time, enjoy the process, and see how it pans out in the future. But like I said, consider getting a group together for people to walk with you, so that you can get outside and enjoy the outdoors while you train.
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