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Get ready for a fun, energizing and easy to follow class at Railroad Park. (Get Healthy on the Railroad)

Making time to exercise a little each day can make a huge impact on your overall health. The Magic City has great resources that are budget friendly and allow you to invest in your personal fitness thanks to companies such as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. Keep reading to find out how you can stay healthy.

1. Take a free exercise class at Railroad Park.

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Relax with yoga in the park. (Get Healthy on the Railroad)

Get some fresh air and participate in a FREE exercise class at Railroad Park. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is committed to positively impacting the health and education of the Birmingham area. One way they do this is through the sponsorship of Get Healthy on the Railroad offering kickboxing, hip hop cardio, zumba, yoga and line dancing classes every week.

“I love attending the classes with other community members from all walks of life. Sharing the common goal of getting healthy has helped me remember that I am not alone on this journey.”

Get Healthy on the Railroad Participant

2. Explore mountain biking trails at Oak Mountain State Park.

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Birmingham has exhilarating places to mountain bike. (Matthew Niblett / Bham Now)

Oak Mountain State Park is the place to go for mountain biking. With some of the most gorgeous views in Birmingham and over 30 miles of mountain biking trails, you can spend all day in the park. According to Alabama State Parks, the trails at Oak Mountain State Park are known across the country and around the world as a must ride.

The park has every trail condition imaginable and options for every skill level, so grab your helmet and gear up. Looking for more places to ride? Check out five more amazing trails in Birmingham to get moving.

Getting active is one of the best ways to keep yourself healthy. Learn more about taking care of your health with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.

3. Participate in yoga at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

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Yoga in the gardens. (Bham Now)

Stretch it out with yoga in the gardens hosted by Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens Junior Board. Multiple classes are offered for different skill levels including: Family Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Taijiquan (Tai Chi) and Vinyasa Yoga.

  • Family Yoga | Adult + child: $15 | Each additional member: $5
  • Ashtanga Yoga | Members: $12 | Nonmembers: $15
  • Taijiquan (Tai Chi) | Members: $12 | Nonmembers: $15
  • Vinyasa Yoga | Members: $12 | Nonmembers: $15

Come experience an environment of calm and focus in the Japanese Garden and learn how to link your breath with movement.

4. Spend a day at City Walk Bham.

City Walk Bham has all the amenities and more for a day of fun activities. City Walk Bham features the largest skate park in Central Alabama with over 58,000 square feet of skateable area. The park consists of a pump track, a street course, two large bowls as well as beginner bowls and quarter pipe areas.

Looking for more fun? City Walk is home to ten pickle-ball courts, run in open play format, with paddle caddies at each court. The courts located on the east end benefit from bridge lighting, making at night play possible.

Make sure to also check out the membership-only off-leash dog park, roller skating rink and ADA-accessible playground.

Don’t forget to protect your skin against harmful UV rays with expert tips from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.

5. Take a stroll around the city to grab dinner or coffee.

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Birmingham skyline from Vulcan Trail. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Birmingham has some of the best trails with stunning views throughout the city. One of my favorite things about The Magic City is how accessible areas are to walk to grab a coffee or lunch. Whether you are going for a power walk or a leisurely stroll, make sure to take in the views.

Stay connected with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama on Facebook and Instagram and explore their website for the most up-to-date health and wellness advice.

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