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Breaking a sweat breaks boredom, boosts fitness

Learn how to keep fit and eat healthy during the summer-long event. (Source: WAFF) Learn how to keep fit and eat healthy during the summer-long event. (Source: WAFF)

It's officially bathing suit weather. The temperatures are rising and the sun is shining, and there's plenty to do outside as we loosen up and shake off the blues. 

We're just a week away from kicking off an initiative called "Healthy Huntsville." A class from the Downtown YMCA branch is on board to get the community into breaking a sweat. 

YMCA trainers put their high-intensity training class through a course outside the building Wednesday to take full advantage of a perfect day in the park. 

Mayor Tommy Battle announced details on the upcoming Healthy Huntsville initiative Wednesday morning at Big Spring Park. 

The free summer-long initiative kicks off with a day of events including the 6th Annual Mayor's Bike Ride, a Body Boot Camp, Zumba, and CrossFit. 

Health awareness doesn't mean you have to move around silently! The Huntsville program will also feature live music, food and healthy cooking demonstrations from nutrition experts. 

Don't forget your helmet for activities on wheels, such as Bike Fest Huntsville. 

Penny Houston with the Downtown YMCA encourages everyone to participate in Healthy Huntsville to get the ball rolling towards a lifestyle commitment of good health. 

"It helps with stress levels, it helps with keeping your energy going, it makes you feel better," Houston said. "A lot of people find that once they hit that 20-minute mark they need more than that. They want to be out for longer."

Fitness trainers suggest you take just a few minutes during your lunch break to get outside and get active. People in the park say there's no way they would trade the benefits of exercising outside on a sunny spring day.

"You can go up and down the stairs as much as you want, you can get any kind of cardio you want as well as weight training right along the water. It's absolutely gorgeous," said Brandie Flee. 

You'll begin to see more groups exercising at Big Spring Park once the citywide initiative to reduce obesity by promoting healthy eating and active lifestyles kicks off Saturday May, 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., a day organizers are calling "Super Saturday." 

Professional trainers will teach the classes, and once again, the event is free to the public. 

Here's a link more information with dates and times of specific events for Healthy Huntsville.

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