GET CREATIVE: If you're still not finding motivation for getting fit, try thinking out of the box. Ib Anderson, artistic director of Ballet Arizona, recommends ballet. "It's really becoming very popular in Europe to take ballet for fitness reasons," he says. And it's not just for prima ballerinas or the elementary school set anymore. Most dance studios offer adult weekend and evening classes in many disciplines from ballet to less rigid forms of dance like jazz or modern. Also, most outdoor pools are heated in the winter, and just doing laps can be an incredible, low-impact workout. Not a water person? Try one of the hundreds of classes at your local community center. They offer everything from judo to jivamukti, usually at minimal cost.
13212 North Saguaro Boulevard, Fountain Hills
Offers Boot Camp calisthenics class taught by former Navy SEALs. If you make it out alive, you'll look like Demi Moore in G.I. Jane.
Several locations (www.curvesinternational.com)
Women-only gym with a very doable 30-minute circuit with no need for spandex, thongs or pickup lines.
3147 East Lincoln Drive
Exclusively personal training, with scheduled workout times so you don't wait around for machines.
Central Park Square Athletic Club
2020 North Central
Month-to-month membership with no minimum enrollment. Pay as you go, and you can be billed or debited for the fees, which are much lower than the bigger gyms ($38 a month).
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Phoenix South Mountain Park
10910 South Central (south of Dobbins Road)
Van Buren Street and Galvin Parkway
Piestewa (Squaw) Peak Recreation Area
2701 East Squaw Peak Lane
Enter off Lincoln Drive, just west of State Route 51
Echo Canyon Recreation Area
Enter off Echo Canyon Parkway and Tatum Boulevard (just off McDonald Drive) or 64th Street and Cholla
North Mountain Park
10600 North Seventh Street (between Peoria Avenue and Thunderbird Road)
Rowing (Crew) classes Held at Tempe Town Lake
Call 480-350-5200 for information.
AJ's Fine Foods
Eight Valley locations, check Web site for addresses
Gentle Strength Co-op
234 West University, Tempe
GNC Nutrition Centers
www.gnc.com for locations
www.hihealth.com for locations
Several Valley locations
Whole Foods Market
5120 South Rural, Tempe,
10810 North Tatum, 480-659-7600
Wild Oats Market
3933 East Camelback, 602-954-0584
7129 East Shea, Scottsdale, 480-905-1441
132823 North Tatum, 602-953-7546