How to make 2023 your best year yet—healthy restaurants, fitness studios + more


Hugh Kaul Trail
Walk through Avondale on the Hugh Kaul Trail. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Ready or not, the new year is here and there is no better time to set goals to become our healthiest, happiest selves. Birmingham is full of resources to help achieve those goals and our friends at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama are weighing in on how to be our best selves in The Magic City this year.

1. Healthy (and delicious) restaurants

healthy restaurants
Clean and delicious. (Real and Rosemary)

If you’re anything like me, every single January you make the resolution to eat cleaner, but by the time February rolls around you’re back to fast food and processed snacks. Not this year! If one of your goals is to eat healthier, there are so many restaurants options around Birmingham that make it much easier and achievable.

2. Hiking + walking trails

Jemison Park
A beautiful view. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

As the sun starts setting a little later and the days get a little longer, it’s the perfect time to get out and get some fresh air—PLUS, get some exercise in while you’re at it.

3. Fitness studios

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Ignite Cycle’s studio in Pepper Place. (Bham Now)

Wanting to get strong and join a community of fitness-loving folks?  There are so many amazing studios for every workout preference in Birmingham that will hold you accountable and help you stick to your fitness goals this year.

Ready to feel your absolute best this year? Visit Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama’s website for more tips.

4. Make a difference by volunteering

United Way of Central Alabama
Meals on Wheels is seeking volunteers. (United Way of Central Alabama)

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is no stranger to supporting local organizations and making a difference in the community. There’s no better feeling than helping others, especially in your own city. Luckily, there are countless organizations in Birmingham that could use your help.

Here are a few resources to get you started:

5. Learn a new skill

Samford Arts
Learn a new skill this year. (Samford Arts)

Sometimes, all it takes to get out of a slump is to throw a new skill in the mix. We could all use a new skill, and The Magic City is full of options that could be just the jolt you need.

6. Read more books

Little Professor
Little Professor. (Jacob Blankenship via Bham Now)

It never hurts to read a little more and the new year is the perfect time to turn those pages. Rather than binging a show or watching movies for hours on end, finishing a good book will leave you feeling much more productive. Plus, Birmingham has some of the most charming bookstores.

Ready to be your healthiest self in 2023? Check out Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama’s website for more tips to stay well.

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