Gathered in the Frank Brown Rec Center, local members of the Auburn community connected with local gyms, fitness studios and other health organizations.
Active Auburn held its second annual FitFest, a lifestyle, fitness and health fair, on Saturday, Jan. 12.
Active Auburn, launched in 2017, is a health and wellness campaign created by Auburn’s Parks and Recreation Department. The campaign is focused on combating Alabama’s declining health statistics.
Popular demand brought about Active Auburn’s second FitFest event said Alison S. Hall, Auburn Parks and Recreation administrator of community and special programs.
“We weren’t sure how the first one was going to go,” Hall said. But she said positive reactions from the community toward the event last year encouraged Active Auburn to hold the event again.
The event offered free pop-up classes for participants to test out classes. These 30-minute classes ranged from pilates, aerobics to Irish dancing.
Hall encouraged the community, saying that anyone can get involved in healthy activities and that the community has a lot of choices to pick from: walking around Auburn’s parks, taking fitness classes or going to gyms.
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“Many residents with families believe they don’t have the time," Hall said. "But you can bring them along too."
Fitness studio vendors in attendance promoted low- and high-impact training options, and nutrition vendors promoted internal health. Other vendors offered alternative workout options like belly dancing or adult ballet.
Belly dancing can burn more calories than running, one belly dance instructor said.
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