Kevin Hart on Working Out (Six Days a Week!) Eating Clean – and the One Splurge Food He Can't Resist

"Being healthy is important to me because you get one life," Kevin Hart tells PEOPLE

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Kevin Hart is committed to a healthy lifestyle.

“Being healthy is important to me because you get one life,” the comedian, 37, told PEOPLE while discussing his upcoming hosting duties at Rally HealthFest in NYC. “You can either take advantage of that life and maximize it, or your can increase your chances of shortening up that lifespan.”

As part of his plan to maximize his life, Hart works out six to seven times a week.

“There aren’t any go-to workouts because they change every day,” says Hart. “It’s about getting up and knowing that I’m being active, that I’m staying truly committed to a goal that I signed up for, and a promise I made to myself.”

The actor mixes it up between gym workouts, running on the treadmill, running on the street and beach workouts.

“The go-to is just the foot out the door,” he says. “Just taking that step in the direction of being active and productive, that’s what’s best.”

The Secret Life of Pets star also sticks to a clean diet.

“I’m a healthy eater – brown rice, baked chicken, vegetables, salads,” he says. “I’m not a foodie, so it’s not hard for me to stay in the healthy diet area. I’m a structure guy, so as long as it fits the structure, then I’m happy.”

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He does have the occasional cheat day though.

“You’ve got to have a day to eat what you’re not supposed to eat,” says Hart. “But as you eat cleaner and you do get accustomed to the healthy side of living, those cheat days aren’t as important because you don’t really want to mess up what you’ve worked so hard to accomplish.”

When he does have a splurge, Hart tends to crave one particular dish.

“I’m simple: fried chicken!”

As a Rally Health Ambassador, Hart hopes he can motivate others to embrace a healthier lifestyle.

“The best piece of advice that I could give anybody is that you’re not going to accomplish it all in one day,” he says. “It takes patience, and past the patience to commitment. The mental exercise that you go through as well as the physical is so well worth the results because every day you’re challenging yourself.”

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