The New Year brings new opportunity in many areas, there may be no more important opportunity than taking charge of your health.  While a healthy diet is key, there are also some simple ways to keep active without hitting the gym or going to Zumba class.  As with any physical activity, check with your doctor first.

Dance yourself to good health. Hip Hop, salsa and even ballet work the body muscles and challenge the brain.So rev up the soundtrack or follow an online dance routine with your partner, your children or even by yourself for a fun way to boost your physical activity.

Clean the house. Why wait for spring cleaning? Do chores around the house, you will be surprised to see how many calories are burned by doing standard house activities. Check out Calorielab.com , you can see how many calories you burn by simply cleaning the floors or doing laundry.

Go back to your playground days with Jumping Jacks. For a great cardiovascular and stress relieving exercise that can be done anywhere and anytime, jumping jacks are a great workout that will elevate your heartrate and even help with weight loss.

Have fun! Speaking of the playground, climbing rock walls, doing squats and even a 10-minute game of tag with the kids (also great fun with adults as well ☺ ) is a great way to keep active and have fun.

Get a fitness tracker. From Fitbit to Samsung to Apple, there are many fitness trackers and smartwatches that monitor physical activity, heartrate and even sleep. The constant awareness of your physical activity (or lack of activity) can act as a great incentive to get up and about. Fashion bands from companies like Smart Buddie can add style to your tracker as well.

Take the road less traveled. When going to work, resist parking right near the entrance and using the elevators.Instead, consider parking several blocks away and taking the stairwell.Also, be sure to get up around and about at least 5 minutes each hour.

Whatever you do, be sure to enjoy any physical activity you take on.  That will ensure you keep us tyeh good habits!