Terrapin Adventures never fails to live up to its name—even their swing set gets the stomach fluttering with excitement. To be fair, though, the swing in question is anything but the traditional apparatus you'd find at a city park. It seats three people and starts its trajectory 40 feet above the ground, generating 2Gs of force as it swishes riders back and forth over the landscape. The park's other attractions are equally exhilarating. On the high ropes course, visitors attached to sturdy safety harnesses cross 18 traverses situated between lofty platforms; some must be tackled via a rickety bridge, while others require leaps of faith. The 43-foot high climbing tower offers 10 routes up and down, including a head-first downward climb over the Rainbow Serpent. Otherwise, the 330-foot-long zipline sends visitors gliding through the treetops at speeds of up to 20 mph, fast enough to beat the USA track team's star squirrel.
When they founded Hirsh Chiropractic Center in 1987, Doctors of Chiropractic Don and Susan Hirsh had a straightforward mission: to improve their patients' quality of life. They did this by not only resolving pain but by helping patients achieve their full physical potential. Today, Dr. Don Hirsh continues to specialize in correcting postural problems with adjustments—helping relieve existing spinal and musculoskeletal pain in the back, neck, shoulder and knees in addition to headaches—and helping prevent future health problems from arising. Dr. Susan Hirsh also runs a successful weight-loss program.
Sport Fit's gold membership grants aspiring athletes and established exercisers 30 consecutive days of calisthenics, including unfettered access to fitness centers and motivational group-exercise classes. Sport Fit's Bowie location boasts basketball and tennis courts, as well as a variety of indoor pools for swimming laps, alleviating aches, and trying to find Nemo. Bowie's group-exercise schedule is brimming with brawn-boosting group classes, including Pump Fit, Zumba, and 2K Knockout Fitness. For restless gym-goers, the Laurel Fitness and Swim and the Laurel Racquet club offer two separate locations from which to lift weights, labor over lay-ups, or lounge in a whirlpool or sauna. Athletic endeavors abound at Sport Fit in Severna, where a long list of weekly workouts displays a wealth of ways to maximize musculature and tone tendons.
Your Groupon covers a cleaning to get your pretzel-snappers as white as really good typing paper. The hygienists at Ashton customize cleanings for your specific gum and bone health, using medicated gels and prescription mouth rinses when necessary to ensure optimum cleanliness and minimal discomfort. You’ll also get an x-ray evaluation to see if any of the tooth fairy’s vengeful hexes have taken root. Ashton uses digital x-rays, which provide a high level of accuracy and use less radiation than traditional methods, such as pixies with magnifying glasses, and hunches. Finally, your Groupon covers an exam by one of Ashton’s friendly and professional dentists.
The holistic instructors at the Tai Sophia Institute spread health-minded minds with a generous helping of salubrious knowledge. Skilled staff members demonstrate the execution of whole-food recipes with engaging instructions and samples to occupy wagging tongues. Soak up seasonal, antioxidant-rich fruits, vegetables, and beans assembled in flavorful concoctions that can be easily replicated in home kitchens. As an aid to healthful recipes, each client will walk away with printed info to guide healthy lifestyle changes and a nutritional cleanse.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.