We all aim for a happier, healthier version of ourselves - however, it takes work. Fortunately, there are numerous things you can do to get started and moving towards this enviable position.

Are you interested in getting fitter? These tips will help.

1. Short Periods Of Exercise Are Best

One study indicated that a person participating in an hour-long exercise program helped their heart the same amount as someone who did six sprints at thirty seconds each. If you want to get your heart pumping, there are a few activities you can engage in. Jump rope for a few minutes. Run up and down the stairs three times. Go on short sprints every so often. You'll feel great and do great things for your heart, too.

2. Have Exercise Equipment On Hand

Make sure you can get in a workout at home by having the materials that you need. For example, keep a set of dumbbells near your kitchen table, so you can lift a little as you wait for the stove to warm up. Place a step machine near your bed so you can get a few extra steps before you get dressed in the morning. Leave a resistance band in the bathroom; as you wait for the water in your shower to warm up, use it. You can even sit on a stability ball during the day as well.

3. Make Things Difficult

Don't take the easiest route. If there is an elevator, use the stairs instead. Park away from the entrance of the store, so you have to walk a bit extra to get to the door. Every little thing you do matters. The more active you are, the healthier you are likely to be.

4. Revamp Date Night

What do you currently do when you go out? Most people head to a restaurant for dinner and then watch a movie in the theater. While these activities are fun, they certainly don't get you moving. Choose new activities that will get you on your feet; for example, head to dinner and then go to an indoor rock climbing park.

5. Head To The Gym

Do you have a favorite television show? Head to the gym when it is on, and work out while the television is on. You can also do the same thing at home. You might even begin to look forward to your workouts because you get to watch your show at the same time.

6. Work Out At Work

Have you heard of Break Pal? It is a great program that notifies you every half hour that it is time for a workout. It provides you with a three-minute program that you can do just about anywhere.

There are other ways to stay active as well. For example, stand up when talking on the phone. You'll burn more calories than if you were sitting down.

7. Go Outside

Head outside, even if the weather isn't ideal. For example, if it is cold outside, you can burn calories by sledding, ice skating or shoveling snow. Don't let the weather keep you from meeting your goals.

8. Write It Down

When you have something important going on, what do you do? Chances are, you plug the information into your phone's calendar or write it down in your planner. Exercising is important too, so you should put your workout schedule down as well. Make sure everyone in your family knows your plans, so they can encourage and support you to continue striving for your goals. Also, it helps them know what to expect so that there aren't any surprises.

9. Coach

Find a sport that you like and coach children to play the game. There are so many opportunities out there; you could be a baseball coach, a soccer coach or even lead a running club for elementary children. You'll feel great because you are working out and helping others.

10. Walk The Dog

If you have a pet, taking him out for a walk or a run is a great way to get some exercise. If you don't have a dog, offer to go on a jaunt with your neighbor's dog a few times per week.

11. Choices

The choices you make reflect on the outcome, so if you are a smoker, the number one thing you can do to get fit is to quit. Perhaps try milk of poppy ejuice to ease yourself off.

12. Regroup After A Vacation

It is not unusual to return from vacation feeling like all your hard work has gone to waste. Plan a week with a variety

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