Biketober starts next Friday!

Roll with us next month for Biketober! Check out our biking programs and don’t forget to sign up for our We Bike Decatur team with Love to Ride.

Pop-up vaccine clinic tomorrow!

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 2nd shots of Pfizer will be provided. You may also get your 1st round and schedule with CORE for your 2nd shot. Decatur Rec Center, 231 Sycamore Street.

Questions or more information email Gael Doyle at Gael.Doyle@decaturga.com

Terri Kruzan’s Dog Training for People

Terri & Blaky at Run with the Dogs

We sat down with our resident dog whisperer, Terri Kruzan, to talk about her passion for dog training and agility:

I work with people to help their dogs become confident and happy companions in our community. We all want to walk our neighborhood sidewalks with a calm dog by our side and be able to have a conversation with a friend without a pulling, barking dog at our feet. People seek me out for help with basic obedience skills, with separation anxiety and with reactivity to new people, dogs and things. The most common feedback I get from people is how they learned 15 minutes of mental stimulation is equal to 60 minutes of physical stimulation to calm their dog.

I work with people in their homes and with members of their household as well as in group classes through Decatur Active Living.  I am a long-term resident of Decatur and in my retirement, I followed my passion and became certified as a dog trainer through Animal Behavior College.  The name for my business came from my son and his friends who said just name your business after your approach that ‘people need to learn just as much as their dogs!’  Neighbors know and trust me and I chose to share my classes through the Decatur Active Living as a way to give back to my community.

Fall Classes are:

Dog Agility for Fun

Six-week course teaches your dog how to go over, through & on obstacles and how humans guide their dogs – a mentally & physically stimulating sport.

Starts on Thurs 9/23 at 5:45-6:45PM

Basic Dog Obedience

Six-week course focuses on learning basic dog obedience manners, as well as solving problem behaviors, such as jumping, pulling & barking.

Starts on Sat, 10/2 from 10-11 AM.

For questions, contact: Terri Kruzan at tkruzan@bellsouth.net or 404.510.3113

Family Bike Ride this Saturday at 10 a.m.

Join us for our family bike ride this Saturday at 10am! We will start and end at the Decatur Rec Center.
Helmets required. Email Gael Doyle at Gael.Doyle@decaturga.com for more information.

Wednesday and Thursday!

Join us for a Wednesday walk tomorrow at 9 a.m. Meet outside the Decatur Rec Center.

Make beautiful silk scarves with Ms. Gussy at 10 a.m. Thursday. Also, don’t forget to sign up for our Edward Jones Financial Literacy Class Thursday night!

 For more information about any of our activities or to register or just to say hello!, email Gael Doyle at Gael.Doyle@decaturga.com

Check out what’s happening this week!

Join us this week for the start of our running group, we’ll be playing bingo, going on a Wednesday walk, making silk scarves with Ms. Gussy in art class, and learning about financial literacy with the Edward Jones’ class. Don’t forget about our upcoming 3rd Friday bike ride, happening this Friday at 6:30 p.m. For more information about any of our activities or to register or just to say hello!, email Gael Doyle at Gael.Doyle@decaturga.com

Small Ways to Start Moving More

From our friends at Move It Monday:

One small step for mankind, one giant leap for your overall wellness.

We’ve all got busy schedules, but it’s important to remember to set aside time for some movement. It might be hard to believe, but it’s possible (actually, pretty easy) to go an entire day without having to walk more than a few hundred steps.

But making slight modifications to your daily routine can lead to monumental life transformations. Simple activities such as walking, gardening, or even climbing a few extra flights of stairs can positively impact your overall health, reducing the risk of developing diabetes and helping with weight management. If you want to expand your range of motion and incorporate more physical activity into your day, then you’ve got to go small and walk home.

Here is our list of other small changes you can make to your daily routine that can help you become more active.

Take a Lap (Around the House)

It might not seem like much, but tidying up the house or simply walking from room to room are two simple ways to re-introduce yourself to some low stress movements.

Move with Music

Music is a powerful motivator. Put on a playlist —rock, jazz, POP…whatever gets you going, and let the tunes take over.

Track Your Progress

Wearable fitness devices like an Apple Watch or Fitbit can serve a number of functions like track steps and distances, measure the calories burnt, and monitor heart rate and sleep quality. Tracking your progress and seeing improvements will help keep you motivated and committed to your activity goals.

Suggest a “Walking” Coffee Date

We know that everyone loves a meet-up over coffee, but what if you could take your chat outside? Ask for your Joe to-go, and try walking and talking – you’ll get fresh air and extra exercise.

Park Far Away

May not seem like much, but those extra steps in and out of your barber shop or grocery store do add up.

Chores Build Cores

No, this isn’t a way of tricking you into cleaning the stove top or lint-rolling couch cushions. By giving the house or apartment a thorough cleaning, you’re doing your body a lot of good by engaging muscles that you may not use otherwise. A little bit of elbow grease goes a long way.

 Take a Class Outdoors

We’re not talking extreme kayaking or rock climbing. Learning a new skill that gets you out of the house — be it photography, birdwatching, or gardening — can help add a surprising number of steps to your daily routine.

Today and Upcoming

Tonight at 6:30

Social Security: Understanding and Maximizing your benefits. A great resource for anyone who plans to retire in the next 15 years.

Starting Monday evening at 6:30

Have you always wanted to become a runner but didn’t know where to start? Then this group is for you!
We will work through an 8-week Couch to 5K program and a 14-week 10k program.

Coming up Friday September 17th, our Third Friday Bike Ride! Meet outside the Decatur Rec Center at 6:15 p.m., wheels down and ready to ride at 6:30 p.m. Helmets required!

Contact Gael Doyle at Gael.Doyle@decaturga.com for more information or to register for any of our events!

Social Security: Understanding and Maximizing your benefits

Tomorrow night, 6:30 p.m. at the Decatur Rec Center: Social Security – Understanding and Maximizing your benefits. A great resource for anyone who plans to retire in the next 15 years.

Topics include how your benefits are calculated, spousal and ex-spousal benefits, survivor benefits, potential taxation of benefits, early retirement and delayed retirement strategies, and more. RSVP with Gael Doyle at Gael.Doyle@decaturga.com

Couch to 5K/10K

Have you always wanted to become a runner but didn’t know where to start? Then this group is for you!
We will work through an 8-week Couch to 5K program and a 14-week 10k program. Contact Gael Doyle at Gael.Doyle@decaturga.com to register!