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The New Year is here and many of us are wondering how to shed extra pounds gained over the last month. Or maybe, you have a renewed commitment to better health in 2019! If the gym isn’t your idea of exercise fun, here are several other ideas for getting and staying in shape this winter at some of MontCo’s sporting and outdoor facilities.

Outdoor Ice Skating

Ice Skating/Hockey

No need to wait for a cold snap to enjoy some time on the ice this winter. Indoor rinks offer lessons for the beginner, public skate sessions, hockey lessons and leagues for the advanced player.

Wintersport Ice Sports
551 York Rd, Willow Grove, PA, 19090
(215) 659-4253
Hatfield Ice
350 County Line Rd., Colmar, PA 18915
(215) 997-9797
The Rink on Old York Road
8120 Old York Rd, Elkins Park, PA 19027
(215) 635-0331


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Rock Climbing

If winter cabin fever usually has you climbing the walls, you might as well burn away that holiday flab and build muscle by climbing the walls literally! Introductory lessons at the Rock Gym teach you everything you need to know to learn this sport and enjoy it safely. Pay as you go or join the club for continued monthly exercise and skill development classes.

Philadelphia Rock Gym – Oaks
E-520 122 Mill Rd., Oaks, PA 19456
(877) 822- 7673 ext. 2


Perfect your form over the winter and be ready to hit the court come spring. Or develop new tennis skills with starter lessons and fun yet competitive matches. This indoor court offer lessons for beginners, ladies workout drill sessions, and evening men’s workouts.

Upper Dublin Sports Center
680 Tennis Ave., Ambler, PA 19002
(215) 643-7377


Local YMCAs always see a big boost in memberships come January as everyone is looking to work off those holiday pounds. Don’t forget to consider the pool as a great way to exercise your muscles. Not interested in a Y or gym membership – check out your local high school. Many facilities offer open swims for the community in the evenings at rates that are significantly lower than a gym membership and many are pay as you go. A few possibilities include these school districts:

Abington – North Penn – Souderton – Springfield Township – Perkiomen Valley

Take to the Trails

Montgomery County has nearly 60 miles of trails throughout the region and plenty of opportunities for individual and group activities. Choose a trail for a brisk walk or join one of the winter bird or wildflower walks sponsored by the Montgomery County Park system or the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy.

Learn a new skill and take the Cross-Country Ski Clinic at Norristown Farm Park on Jan. 13th. Run in the Meltdown 5K at Free Will Brewing Company on March 24 or signup for the annual Snowshoe 5K at Spring Mountain taking place on Jan. 26th. Too face paced? Simply enjoy a quiet winter walk in the woods.




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