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For many reasons -- including knees that need coddling to lack of time -- I usually exercise in increments of 15 to 20 minutes at a time, 3 or 4 times a day. I may not have 30 minutes or more at a time to exercise, but I can always find 15 minutes, and those few minutes are less intimidating, and thus more likely to happen, than a big chunk of minutes. It's also beneficial to my knees because they get a break, which means there is less pain and I'm more likely to do another 15 minutes later on.
Just go do 15 minutes of something every day, go to the gym and walk for 15 minutes, take a 15 minute walk. That's all you have to do and then you're done. If for some reason you're up for more, go for it!
(Spoiler alert: That 15 minutes will turn into an hour before you know it.)
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