Even though many people perceive a workout routine as spending hours and hours in the gym and weight training every week, a workout routine does not need to be that intense. Many people develop a workout routine that only puts them in the gym one day a week for a half hour to an hour. A light workout routine like that will not prepare you for a marathon, but it is by far preferable to months of inactivity followed by three weeks of working out everyday to burn some extra weight.
Developing and sticking to a light workout routine, whether it is aerobic or weight training, will help you get into the habit of working out, and if you feel like it, you can increase that amount on a regular basis, or for a short time period.
However, you do not need to go to the gym to stay in shape. Many people use home exercise equipment to get into a regular
workout routine or for weight training, while others use aerobic videos, yoga, or simply do crunches or pushups. Whatever is the case, you have to find a system that works for you.