"I have osteoarthritis in my lower back and hip - any suggestions for exercise to get going in the a.m.?" Whatever your doctor recommend for your particular situation.
mine recommended I walk.
"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand." ~ Randy Pausch
"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results." ~ Art Turock
"We have a saying in Tibet: If a problem can be solved, there is no use worrying about it. If it can't be solved, worrying will do no good." ~ 7 Years in T
Also, do be sure your doctor has given the okay for exercise. It may be helpful, too, for you to get a referral to a physical therapist to help develop a plan specific to your needs. What works for one person may not work for you.