During this past winter, there seemed to be three types of weather in Bucks and Montgomery counties – cold, icy and snowy. Sometimes it was a combo platter. Cold mixed with snow. Cold mixed with ice. Cold mixed with snow and ice.

If you want to learn how to swing from your knees or walk a tightwire, then you should try out aerial, or circus, fitness. Circus has seen a resurgence throughout the U.S. in the past several decades; circus schools and companies have been opening everywhere. For example, Aloft, a studio in Chicago, is housed in a former church and has been offering classes for over a decade. While many who train at these schools aspire to be professional circus performers, many other students train as a form of fitness.

I’ve wanted to try a spin class for some time because I knew it would be a good cardio workout. So, when a CrossFit buddy asked me to join her in a class she takes at a local gym, I jumped at the chance. In a spin class, you’re given verbal cues to add or decrease resistance to your stationary bike; how fast to pedal and whether to stand, sit or sprint. Your heart will get a great workout, and your legs may feel like rubber after your first class.

My husband and I chose Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri for a recent walk because it offered something for both of us: running paths for me and a museum for him.

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My latest foray into fitness found me attempting a Pilates barre class. Although taught at a Pilates studio, barre is a dynamic fusion of Pilates, ballet and isometric and isotonic exercises. Its original iteration was created by Lotte Berk, a German dancer who suffered a back injury and combined her dance conditioning with rehabilitative therapy.

I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of hiking long distances. Stories of people who have trekked the Pan-American Highway or the Appalachian Trail pique my interest and make me wonder what it would take to do that. A trip to Ireland and Scotland last fall made me realize that a day full of walking, even in a city, takes some planning.

I had my mind set on taking a self-defense class the past year. When my editor suggested a column about Krav Maga, I jumped at the idea. I love it! It gives me the cardio workout I like and need. I’m gaining confidence by learning skills that could one day help me, and it gives me a chance to use some of the strength I gained through CrossFit in a different way. Plus, I feel like a badass!

Shrieks of joy could be heard outside East Pike Elementary School in winter 2014 when Leanne Jack took her K-3 students sledding during their physical education classes.

The weather is cold, it gets dark earlier and there are all sorts of holiday snacks around. Who can possibly stay in shape during the winter?

On this fitness adventure, Danette takes you to a zero-gravity float tank, intended to relax your mind and body.