Fitness and healthy activities are important year round. However, staying active during the colder months is essential for maintaining a strong immune system, burning calories to avoid that holiday/winter weight gain, and releasing those "feel-good" chemicals to reduce anxiety and depression that can occur around the holidays.

For those of you who enjoy exercising outdoors during the winter, keep in mind that Hendricks County parks and trails are open all year. For those of us who prefer to exercise in the warmth of the indoors, plenty of options are available in Hendricks County

Many of the programs/facilities offer ongoing memberships as well as drop-in rates and are located throughout the county. Therefore, visitors and residents alike can easily locate an indoor fitness option that is both convenient and affordable. 

BrownsburgCardio machines are just one option in Connection Pointe's fitness center!

Connection Pointe Christian Church,1800 N. Green St., offers eight group fitness classes, boot camp, personal training, fitness center, gym and a walking/running track. 

Quite a variety of group fitness classes are available. Whether you prefer cardio or strength/toning classes, you will definitely discover one or a few that meet your fitness needs. Classes are included in a membership or cost $2 per visit. Click here for more detailed information regarding class times and descriptions.

Membership prices or the $2 visitor passes are very affordable and also include access to the gym, fitness center, track and most group fitness classes. The facilities are conveniently open Monday-Saturday. Click here for rates, hours and specific information regarding free childcare services. 

Brownsburg Parks and Recreation offer both Active Adult (ballroom social dancing) and Group Fitness (morning stretch, bootcamp, yoga, cardio classic, water aerobics) classes. All classes except water aerobics take place at Eaton Hall, 61 N. Green St. The Brownsburg High School pool, 1000 S. Odell St., hosts the water aerobics.

Payment options include enrolling online or paying individual drop-in rate/purchase punch card on site (does not include Ballroom Social Dancing). Class descriptions, times and rate information are listed here.

PittsboroVarious exercise equipment utilized during group fitness classes at Fleece Fitness!

Fleece Fitness, 604 W. Main St. Suite D, owned by Pittsboro native, Kattie Fleece, opened about a year ago. It has become a popular and successful fitness facility. They offer 20 different group fitness classes throughout the week (Sunday-Thursday am and pm, Friday and Saturday am only).

With such a variety of classes, it's simple to find a class that fits your individual fitness/health needs/goals. Click here to view the schedule. Please note that you must sign up online before attending classes. Many membership choices are available as well as a punch card option and individual class pass. Check here for pricing.

Plainfield

The Richard A. Carlucci Recreation and Aquatic Center, 651 Vestal Road, offers numerous workout choices, such as cardio and weight machines, free weights and equipment, group fitness and cycling classes (click here for schedule), and an 1/8-mile indoor track.

Childcare is included with admission/membership. Membership options include monthly rates, 10-visit passes and day passes. Click here for pricing. Please note the indoor aquatic portion of the facility is closed for repairs until the end of the year. 

The Richard A. Carlucci Recreation and Aquatic Center also offers a mini-marathon training course beginning Jan. 18. This is a 15-week program that includes health and nutrition tips, running and cross-training tips and a group to train with. Click here (pg. 21) for more information.

Avon

Get a great workout in by swimming in the four-lane indoor lap pool at the HRH YMCA.Two group fitness classes take place at the Washington Township Park Pavilion Center, 435 Whipple Lane. Insanity, a high-intensity, total-body workout, occurs every Monday from 6-6:45 p.m. PiYo, a low-impact workout with Yoga and Pilates inspired moves at a cranked up speed, runs from 6:45-7:30 p.m. on Mondays. Check out more details here.

Hendricks Regional Health YMCA, 301 Satori Parkway, provides a wellness center, group exercise classes, adult sports, four-lane lap pool and an outdoor 1.55-mile track. The wellness center boasts cardio and weight machines, free weights, and various exercise equipment. The group fitness classes vary from light to max intensity.

Dance Fusion, Zumba, Cycling and Turbokick are just a few examples of cardio classes. Those focused more on strength and conditioning include Yoga, Total Strength and Strength and Endurance. Many classes are a combination of cardio and strength/toning/conditioning. Click the following links for class descriptions and schedule

The four-lane indoor lap pool is available at various times daily (though depending on aquatic class times, all four are not always open at the same time). View the current lap pool schedule here

Membership options include individual or household and payments are monthly or yearly. As a member, you have access to all 12 YMCA of greater Indianapolis locations. Click here for pricing and sign-up options.