Getting more exercise is perhaps one of the most common New Year’s resolutions, and yet too often an overly ambitious start can leave you feeling burnt out — and back to old sedentary habits — before Valentine’s Day.

So if getting and staying active is on your to-do list for 2020, let’s start by reframing your approach. Rather than a resolution, let’s make it a lifestyle. Instead of an obligation, treat it as an investment in yourself, your family and your future. And yes, it can be fun! Here’s some advice to get you started:

■ Keep expectations reasonable. If you’re not exercising now, it’s not realistic to think you’re suddenly going to be at the gym an hour every day — and falling short of a lofty expectation can be detrimental to your overall efforts. Start small, with perhaps 30 minutes of exercise a day, twice a week, and go from there. Know that it takes time to establish a habit, and don’t give up if you miss a day, or even a week. Just get back on track as soon as you can.

■ Choose your activity. For many of us, knowing what to do and where to do it can be a definite obstacle to getting regular exercise. Options include joining a gym (shop around; it may not be as costly as you think) or checking out community recreation opportunities in your area. You might find exercising at home most convenient — streaming workouts, bodyweight exercises or a piece or two of inexpensive equipment can be a great place to start — or you may choose, cold be darned, to take your workout outdoors.

■ Get outside! There are plenty of great options for outdoor winter exercise, even on a budget. Consider picking up some secondhand cross-country skis or snowshoes, or simply choose to walk or run in your neighborhood. If you do exercise outdoors, be safe — runners and walkers may consider investing in foot traction devices to avoid slipping, and everyone should make sure they can be seen if exercising in the dark. Layer clothing appropriately, with a base layer that wicks moisture away from the skin.

■ Buddy up. Having an exercise buddy is a great way to have fun, stay accountable and keep things fresh with your workout routine. Enlist a friend, family member or coworker — even your dog — to get moving with you.

■ Move more throughout the day. Keep in mind that while sustained exercise is important, every step counts — and adding even short activity breaks throughout the day can be beneficial. Take a 10-minute walk at lunch, park at the far end of the parking lot, take the stairs instead of the elevator. If you’re watching TV at home, do pushups, sit-ups or lunges during the commercials. Remember, every little bit helps.

■ Think spring! Look ahead to warmer weather. Runners or walkers may want to target a spring or summer 10K or other event that gets them active now. There’s nothing like having an event on your calendar (and having paid for it) to motivate you to get moving. Better yet, recruit a friend and reap the benefits — and fun — of training together.

Make this the year you get active and stay active. Here’s to more movement and a healthier you in 2020.

Lisa Cook is a certified family nurse practitioner at Bellin Health, Marinette.