I've steadily gained weight for years, largely attributed to various medical conditions which play havoc with my metabolism and hormones (yes, I know this sounds like an excuse!) and although I've managed to halt the weight gain I haven't managed to get rid of any of it, despite having a good diet, as confirmed by dieticians and other medical professionals, so increasing my exercise is the next step. I currently weigh just over 200lb with most of that sitting on my stomach! Any weight loss would make a difference, but I also really want to be fitter and stronger so I can do things I'm currently too unfit for. I'm really struggling to know what sort of exercise to do that will get me to a stage where I can take part in exercise with less unfit/overweight people than me. I can't manage exercise classes (yes, I've tried) and running isn't an option because I have plantar fasciitis in both feet. Can anyone help with ideas for exercise that will have the maximum benefit but is still achievable for someone who is very unfit and overweight? I don't have a lot of free time, but I'm fortunate enough to live in an apartment building that has a small swimming pool and a gym with some weights machines, cross trainers and exercise bikes. I swim several times a week for about half an hour but I haven't used the gym as I'm not sure where to start. Please help with any suggestions/advice you have! I'm so tired of not being able to find clothes in my size that are "me" and of not being able to do the activities I want to because of how unfit I am.