Why start with the most obvious? Because without it nothing else really matters. What good is wealth if you don’t have the good health to enjoy it? Makes sense right?
Start in small increments. Fitness is a journey, not a sprint. My recent challenge- self admittedly I am not a huge cardio person- is just to do 5000 steps a day. I find I usually do 3500 steps in my normal day so doing 5000 takes just a bit more effort that is easily attainable. It is that extra 1 percent effort that compounds over time to great results.
If you have a hard time staying motivated, hire a trainer. The pain of what you are paying will incentivize you to show up. I find if I don’t pay, I let other things get in the way. Even though at this juncture I know what to do after training for nearly three years 2-3 days a week with a trainer, I need that accountability.
The other thing is to do your workout early. You don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn, but I try to do mine before the day starts if possible. Or I do a mid-day session to break up the workday. Whatever works for you, do it consistently. Feel free to private message me if you want to see what the before and after results of working out just 2-3x a week for 30 min look like.