It's a new year and time to start working on those New Year's resolutions! Getting in shape is a common resolution, and we have several unique options here in Hendricks County, Indiana, for doing just that.

Not all of us are gym rats or fitness freaks. When someone tells me that I need to get in shape, I think, Round is a shape. Let's just say that my white facial hair and my fitness level lead to being the subject of a lot of Santa Claus jokes.

I've got a friend who owns Plainfield Gym & Fitness. The guy is incredible, and he works with folks from all walks of life in all shapes and sizes, to get people healthy. If you like gyms, go see Don Dudley. He'll take good care of you.

Me? I feel like I need to get some exercise and drop some weight before I'm not too horribly embarrassed to even walk into a gym. Don would tell me that my shame is irrational and that everyone's got to start somewhere, but that's how I feel. I can't help it.

So I'm on the hunt for some unique fitness options here in Hendricks County. And here's what I've found so far.

Parks & TrailsExercising in parks and on trails allows for easy social distancing.

We're fortunate to have a lot of parks and trails in and around Hendricks County where people can get out and moving around, whether moving around means walking, jogging or bicycling. Most parks and trails are free to enjoy, and they make it easy to socially distance and to exercise at your own pace.

Want to take Fido and Spot with you on a walk? Here's some information on the top parks and trails for dogs in Hendricks County(Insider tip: McCloud Nature Park outside of North Salem is hosting a FREE Frosty Paws hike for leashed dogs and their humans on Feb. 27 at 2 p.m.)

We've got some great paved trails for running or jogging, as well as some regular cold-weather bicycle rides on the Vandalia Trail in Plainfield.

 

Dragonfly Martial Arts & Fitness Academy

Dragonfly Martial Arts & Fitness Academy in Plainfield has caught my eye. They offer training in Muy Thai and Jiu Jitsu. Now, I'm not going to be climbing into any UFC octagon anytime...ever...but that struck me as a different way to get some exercise.

Dragonfly also offers training in wrestling, as well as strength and conditioning, plus they do some boxing there and some self-defense training (the owner, Kenny Bigbee Jr., is a former Navy SEAL, so he's going to know how to teach people defense tactics!) and a variety of special events in a wide array of topics.

 

Virtual Instruction from Plainfield Parks & RecreationPlainfield Parks Silver Sneakers Virtual Workout

I've noticed lately that Plainfield Parks & Recreation is offering virtual instruction on their Facebook page for aerobic exercise that you can do in the privacy of your own home and on your own time!

I've seen instruction on a variety of Silver Sneakers programs, body toning, turbo kick, yoga and more. It's great for old fat people like me who might need to take some breaks here and there during the program and who aren't super proud of their current body shape. It's also great for those who aren't terribly comfortable being out in public quite yet.

They tell you in the video description what you'll need to participate, and it's always easy stuff -- like a chair and some tennis shoes, or something along those lines. You exercise on your own time in whatever you want to wear at your own pace.

 

Dance the Calories Away with PULSE Fitness

Repetitive exercises can get boring, so how about dancing some of those calories away?

The Danville Athletic Club offers PULSE Fitness, where people dance for an hour under black light in a room with no mirrors. You don't stare at and judge yourself -- you just dance and have fun and work on your strength, cardio and dance moves! You're working out and don't even realize it!

 

Virtual Zumba

Jesse Lewis from Brownsburg offers virtual Zumba classes through the Brownsburg Public Library.

As with the virtual programs offered by Plainfield Parks & Recreation, you can try Zumba in the privacy and safety of your own home, and you can do it for free.