Did you pack on the pounds during the holidays and make a resolution to lose them? If you're dreading the gym but want to get a great workout in, here are five fun ways to get in shape around Chicago and the suburbs. From boxing to hiking, there's something for everyone.
PiloxingFlirty Girl Fitness, Lincoln Park and West Loop locations
"Piloxing" might sound like something you need to see a doctor for, but Flirty Girl Fitness in Chicago has joined boxing with Pilates for a total body workout. Flirty Girl Fitness also offers a full range of classes from pole dancing to Zumba at both locations. And sorry, guys -- this is a girls-only activity. Prices and times vary, so contact the facility for more details.
Skating at Millenium Park
Ready to channel your inner Olympian? From now until March, you can skate at Millenium Park's ice rink, weather permitting. The best thing about it? It's free! If you have your own skates, just lace up and hit the ice. Even if you don't have your own skates, skate rental is only $10. Weekday hours are 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., and weekend hours are 12 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Channel your inner adventurer and head out to Life Time Fitness for some rock wall climbing. They have programs for kids as young as 5 years old, so the whole family can participate. There are also open climbing hours if you just want to have fun and climb. Prices and times vary, so give the facility a call for more details.
Hit the Trails
If you love the outdoors no matter how cold it gets, head for the western suburbs to enjoy the 9-plus miles of hiking trails at the Morton Arboretum. There are paved trails as well as deep woods trails to challenge every skill level. Hours are 7 a.m. until sunset 365 days a year. Admission for adults is $12, but they have discount Wednesdays, when you can enjoy the day for $8.
Get Up and Dance
If you've ever wanted to experience what it's like to be on "Dancing With the Stars," then strap on your dancing shoes and take ballroom dancing lessons. Arthur Murray Dance Centers offer both private lessons as well as group classes and practice parties. Right now, they're offering a private lesson and consultation for $25 if you're a new student. So whether you want to polka or cha-cha, this is the place for you. Classes and prices vary per location.