Forget tradition: Fitness is not something to be embraced every January after a month-long pig-out. How about getting fit—or fitter—while having a good time, testing your endurance and strength, and learning something new? How about working out because you love it?

Sweat—our first locals' fitness guide—is all about it. Want a workout that will tone you up and become addictive? Consider kettlebells. Want a little spiritual oomph in your exercise? Nia might be the thing for you. Think you got what it takes to break-dance? Maybe you should find out. In addition to these out-of-the-box activities, even more traditional ones like soccer, running and handball can be about more than physique. Rather, finding a sport you love can open minds, hearts and build lifelong friendships.

And that's not all. We've also got tips for buying the right bicycle, accessorizing your workout and the low-down on local gyms and yoga studios.

So don't wait 'til January to start pushing those endorphins. Start sweating now!

The Company of the Long Distance Runner
For runners, autumn is race season around Santa Fe

The Freshest Kids
Breaking is gravity-defying and community supporting, too

Hand to Ball
Welcome to a sport that transcends time and place

Kettlebell Fever
Once you've had this workout, you'll never go back

Moving Different
Nia mixes fitness with expression

Doing More with Less
The Tao of ditching exercise equipment

Heavy Pedal
A beginner's guide to bicycles

Soccer's Wide World
Here's a game that teaches players more than rules

Ojo? Oh Yeah
Even tomboys need some pampering

Shopping Burns Calories Too
Accessories and more for working out in style

Know your gyms
Self-improvement made simple

Just Breathe
Yoga is just around the corner