Polar Bear Plunge
So far, the 16th annual plunge has raised more than $550,000 for Special Olympics Maryland, and you can add to that. You just have to be willing to enter the chilly waters of the Chesapeake at Sandy Point State Park on Jan. 28. But thousands of others will be there to shore up your courage. If you're really tough, you can set up to Super Plunge level and take the dip 24 times in 24 hours. plungemd.com
Work out with a goal
Some people love running, and others need incentive, whether it's the lure of green beer at the finish line, the thrill of fire and mud, or the threat of zombies on their tail. For beginners, a couple of 5Ks earlier in the year can motivate any couch potato to further success.
St. Patrick's Day Shamrock 5K: March 11, downtown Baltimore. active.com
Warrior Dash: May 19-20, Mechanicsville. warriordash.com
Run For Your Lives: Oct. 27, Darlington. runforyourlives.com
Learn a skill
You can step away from "Dancing with the Stars" and learn some steps yourself at dance studios such as Mobtown Ballroom (861 Washington Ave., Pigtown), a new venue that offers swing dancing on Mondays and Fridays and lessons of all kinds — belly dancing, Lindy Hop, salsa, blues. Bring your significant other or meet somebody new. mobtownballroom.com
put yourself out there
Watch an Orioles Game at Camden Yards … past the first week of April.
Join a team building a sculpture for AVAM's Kinetic Sculpture Race.
Grab some stilettos and booty shorts and enter the High Heel Race before the annual pride parade.