Fitness In Tupelo gears up for an active springtime

By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The healthy fun didn’t end with the Trim Down Tone Up Tupelo challenge.
Since the end of March, Tupelo’s Quality of Life Committee has been offering up a healthy menu of exercise opportunities around the city with Fitness In Tupelo program. Most of the activities are free or have a minimal charge.
“People said now we’ve trimmed down, how can we tone up?” said Hank Boerner, Healthy City task force co-chairman, and the effort was born.
Rob Barnes, a fitness instructor, started with a 10:30 a.m. kids fitness class at Fairpark in downtown Tupelo on March 27, and it will continue to meet on Saturdays.
“It’s a great program, and we feel it will take off,” said Barnes, who made a game of tag the inspiration for the first session. “It’s all about keeping them moving.”
The kids aren’t the only ones having healthy fun outside at Fairpark. A T’ai Chi Chih class meets there at 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Hoop-elo hooping class meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays there.
“We’ve had some new faces,” said Rebecca Lane, who helps facilitate the hooping class that began meeting at Fairpark last summer. “We’re a diverse group.”
The Dance Studio is offering free beginner dance lessons at 7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
“We’ve been getting a lot of calls,” said Robbie Greenwood, senior instructor at the studio
Tupelo Ballroom Dance Club will host a Swing on Spring Street Dance 7 to 10 p.m. April 24.
“We’ll block off the whole street,” Greenwood said.
The dance is open to anyone who wants to watch or join in.
Tupelo Parks and Recreation is hosting a walking challenge, encouraging walking groups to form at the city’s parks and neighborhoods. Right now there are five walking groups and one aquatics group meeting around the city, said Lisa Russell, park and rec office manager.
“We’d love to have more groups call in,” said Russell, who has posted a list of groups on the website.
The Fitness in Tupelo will culminate with Bike to Work & School Day on May 21 and the HealthWorks! Tie Dye Invitational May 22 at Ballard Park.

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