Yes, best advice is to take it slow. I'm not sure what your current routine is, but try walking at least half an hour a day, and then longer walks, and then running as you gain endurance. As far as workouts go, if you can get ahold of the Women's Health or Men's Health Big Book of Exercises (about $15 used on amazon.com) or about $25 at your local bookstore, that's a great start for workouts. They have 619 exercises in either book, as well as color photos illustrating how to do the exercises. On top of that, they have 14 workout programs that vary 12 weeks in duration, even referring you to the exercises in the book to follow. It's the best exercise book I purchased. .have been following one of the program for three weeks now, and my pants are more loose. .can fit in my smaller pants size.