By Susan Epstein MS, RD, CDN

The Surgical Weight Loss Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern, NY

Over the cold months, most of us tend to hibernate. We put on our cozy sweatshirts and curl up on the couch with our favorite, rich comfort foods. Well Spring is around the corner and it's the time to get up and spruce up your lifestyle! The following 10 tips will help you get into shape for the Spring Season.

While at Work or at Home:

1. Don't just sit for eight hours straight, try to move while you work. If you are taking a phone call, stand up, pace around the room or walk up a few flights of stairs. In general, choose stairs over elevators whenever possible.

2. On the hour, try to take a short walk (5 minutes) or at least stand up and stretch your muscles.

3. Try tightening your abdominal muscles for a period of time every hour.

4. If you are watching t.v., walk or do jumping jacks during the commercials.

5. If you have exercise equipment, get into the habit of riding a stationary bike or walking on the treadmill while watching television.

If you want a more substantial workout, but are bored of going to the gym, try these fun activities. You won't even realize the calories you are burning:

6. Get up and walk. This is the easiest, most convenient activity. With the beautiful weather around the corner, walking is the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors.

7. Try Tennis. Anyone can play tennis. All you need are some balls and a racquet. If you can't find a friend or family member to play with, just find a wall and have fun.

8. Biking. It's easy to find bike paths or trails if you'd like to bike for pleasure. Alternatively, you can bike for transportation, going to work or running errands.

9. Enjoy gardening/yard work. If you have a green thumb this is a great way to enjoy nature while improving your home's curb appeal and burning some calories.

10. Consider a 5K race. Join a local running group or use a 5k walking/running app to help you train. Look for a charity walk/race. This can help motivate you to stick to your training while at the same time help a worthy cause.