Ace Golf's Pebble Creek Golf Club in New Tampa.

X is for eXercise: Staying fit online, on bikes and on the golf course

For the last several weeks, we’ve been teasing the content of this year’s A to Z Issue, a celebration of people and businesses who have been successfully riding the turbulent waves of change and offering service and hope to the community at large. The print edition is now arriving in local mailboxes, but if you can’t wait for the hard copy, here’s the digital edition — and meanwhile, welcome to the letter “X”:

Even though gyms reopened when Florida entered Phase 2 in June, many fitness enthusiasts (and fitness wannabes) have confined their exercise to solitary, online or outdoor pursuits. As St. Pete Bicycle and Fitness’ Mark Yeager told dRTB in April, the bicycle biz is off the charts. Taylor Smith of SweatNET connected with at-home members by streaming workouts and hosting virtual 5Ks. Then there’s Peloton, which has everything: cycling, competition, online instruction and at-home exercise — as long as you’re able to shell out close to $3,000 for the bike and the monthly membership.

But maybe you’d like to focus on mental as well as physical fitness via meditation or yoga; at St. Petersburg Yoga, the practice of yoga is about uniting body, mind and spirit.

And there’s always golf; as Ace Golf President Bill Place told dRTB’s Eric Snider this spring for his story “Still Swinging,” it may be the original social distancing sport.

Next: Y is for Yum: A not-skinny editor recalls his favorite dishes of the year