Fun ways to exercise in Birmingham

With warm weather comes the urge to be outside as well as the dreaded fear of donning a bathing suit for the first time in several months. However, you have nothing to fear! The city of Birmingham has several great ways to get outdoors while simultaneously getting your Is the warm weather getting you fired up to get in shape?workout on. The best part? Most options for exercise in Birmingham are cheap or free!

Railroad Park

Railroad Park offers a wide variety of activities in the afternoons for people of all ages and sizes. On Monday afternoons, you can participate in Crunk Fitness (check out Exodus’ coverage of Crunk Fitness here). On Tuesdays, those looking for a more challenging workout can participate in Bootcamp. Wednesdays you can get your Zumba on and Thursdays offer yoga for those looking to relax while working out. Friday rounds out the fitness-filled week with Happy Feet Fridays, which teaches proper running and walking techniques for athletes of all skill and fitness levels. All of these classes are free and open to the public. For more information on class times and locations, visit

Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

You can participate in a Mine Hike with history buff Gary Bostany at Ruffner Mountain Thursday, May 11. This hike entails visiting the mining landmarks located across Ruffner Mountain. The cost is only $7, but make sure to register for the event at

Ruffner Mountain will also be offering a Wonderful Wetlands Hike from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19. This hike will give you the chance to observe the wetlands as well as the wildlife that inhabit them. For more information or to register, visit


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