The NHS have a great 'health tool', the Couch to 5K, a running plan to get you from sitting on your couch to running a 5k distance. Don't be intimidated by the 'r' word, in my own experience this happens when walking becomes faster walking which becomes 'jorking' (a mix of jogging and walking) which in turn becomes consistently jogging and ultimately ends in what we think of as running!
I would suggest checking out where you local Parkrun is and combining that with your Couch to 5k. Parkrun is a free 5k run in parks around the country on Saturday mornings. They are for people of all ages and all abilities and from my experience, I can assure you that ALL ages and ALL abilities do indeed show up there! The very old and the very young, parents jogging whilst pushing a pushchair, people running with their dog on a lead and never fear, there are people walking along, doing the best they can and everyone is encouraged, cheered on and simply enjoying being there :)
"A year from now you will wish you had started today"
I'll just interject at this point and say that Parkrun is also good if you stuggle with social anxiety or get a bit nervous meeting other people and doing things in a group etc. It is very casual and there is nothing required of you, you can turn up walk, jog, run the route and leave without having to engage in conversation other than a smile or a thankyou to whomever scans your barcode. Your barcode is something you print off when you register on the Parkrun website that allows you to have your time recorded. You use the same barcode every time and can use it at any Parkrun.
So, why not give Couch to 5K a go, or just sign up for Parkrun and go for a walk/jork/jog/run every Saturday morning with a friend or by yourself? Ease into, take it safely and slowly and above all keep it enjoyable! Just the act of getting outdoors regularly will boost your positivity, blow away the cobwebs and start you on a journey to a healthier, happier you! :)
To check out the NHS Couch to 5K plan click here
To find your local Parkrun click here