How To Get Fit For Free
We all know the benefits of exercise. Plenty of studies show just how beneficial it is to our health and well being. Keep in mind that you don’t even need a gym to get fit, and there are ways other than spending a bunch of money on gym memberships in order to keep yourself healthy. Here are some places in Birmingham that offer free exercise classes, and some resources for free online.
Railroad Park – Yup, this historically located park offers free weekly exercise classes. And if you don’t want to take a class? You get the added bonus of being right next to the exercise equipment in the park, or you can walk/ job along one of the three walking trails at Railroad Park. It also has free parking, which is always nice.
Mondays is Jazzercise at 6:00 PM
Tuesdays is Bootcamp at 6:00 PM
Wednesdays is Zumba at 6:00 PM
Thursdays is Yoga at 6:00 PM
Family Fun Fridays is at 6:00 PM
Click here for a list of their exercise times: http://www.railroadpark.org/events-get-healthy.html
Hiking – I’m biased. I love hiking, it’s really relaxing and can help you feel more connected to nature. Here are some fun hiking spots in Birmingham.
Moss Rock: http://www.hooveral.org/214/Moss-Rock-Preserve?nid=214
Red Mountain: http://redmountainpark.org/
Oak Mountain: http://www.alapark.com/oak-mountain-state-park
Ruffner Mountain: https://ruffnermountain.org/
Running Clubs – There are a lot of different options to pick from if you’re interested in joining a running club. Basically you meet up with fellow runners however many times a week and jog together. If you like jogging/ running for exercise, then participating in a run group or club might be a good fit for you. Click here for a comprehensive list of run clubs in Birmingham: http://www.birminghamtrackclub.com/group-runs.php
Cadence Group Run: Every Monday morning at 6:00 AM in O Henry’s parking lot at the Brookwood Mall
Downtown Running Club: Every Saturday Morning at 10:00 AM meet in front of the Paramount cafe
Monday Runday Birmingham: Every Monday at 6:00 PM in front of Tin Roof
Libraries – Your local library holds events all the time. Check their website regularly to see if they are holding any free exercise or workout class anytime soon. Click here for a list of all the libraries in Jefferson County: http://www.publiclibrariesinjc.org/info/hours.aspx
Community Centers – Similar to local libraries, community centers often host free exercise classes (but not regularly.) Be sure to check out the events community centers in your area via their websites.
Online exercise videos – These videos are for the homebodies that would prefer to stay at home to get fit rather than leave the house.
Learn Martial Arts Online: https://www.shoushu.com/
Online Martial Arts Training Videos: https://www.proactionvideos.com/free-videos
Hyper’s YouTube Channel (martial arts training videos): https://www.youtube.com/user/HyperMartialArtsTV/playlists?shelf_id=18&view=50&sort=dd
Global Martial Arts University’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2P_ez18uOCFlNpnZParZtw
POPSUGAR Fitness YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/popsugartvfit
FitnessBlender’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/FitnessBlender
Adam Rosante’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/adam58a
Amanda Russell’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/AmandaRussell
BeFit’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/BeFit
To find out what’s going on in your area or find free classes that aren’t continuous, click here: https://www.birminghamal.org/