Lil’ Kickers Soccer, Register Now!

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Lil Kickers

1st – 3rd Grade Valentine’s Dance, Join Us!

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Correction: Decatur Youth Basketball Night is Friday, January 25


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Move It Monday: Diversify Your Workout

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From our friends at Move It Monday:

Mix it up! This Monday, stir up your exercise routine. Studies show diversifying exercise routines avoids stagnant results. If you do the same routine over and over, it could be time to explore some new work out options.

Targeting different muscle groups keeps your muscles on their toes. Unless you’re training for a race, repetitive exercise doesn’t reap the full benefits of varying your fitness routine periodically. With some planning, soon you’ll be able to reshape your shape.

Adaptation is Plateauing

Tricking adaptation is the key. Your body is so smart, it tries something a few times and gets the hang of it very quickly. It adapts beautifully. Muscles stop getting stronger, heart rates level, and you don’t need to work as hard as you were during the first few weeks of an exercise. Avoiding repetitive motions also decreases the likelihood of injury.

Whole Body Workout

When you design your exercise routine include upper body, lower body, and cardio to have a whole body workout. Make it fun. Mix up an exercise like jogging with some low-impact activities like crunches and squats. Or, swim for 30 minutes then do some lateral lunges to open up your hips and strengthen those muscles. Draw up a plan, put it on the fridge, and check off your weekly accomplishments. By the end of the week, you’ll be humming along with a perfect routine.

Spice it Up

Doing the same thing over and over also takes the fun out of doing it. If you like to walk, walk on the treadmill and mix it up with the incline settings. If you like to ride a stationary bicycle, try the elliptical. If you like to lift weights, take a strength training class. Or a dance class. Or a yoga class. Use this Monday to reset your routine to get stronger faster, build endurance, and trick adaptation.

By shaking up your routine this Monday, you’ll keep your body and its adaptive powers on its toes. Diversity makes you stronger but it also keeps things stimulating. Challenge yourself to get creative with your routine, you’ll be surprised by what you can achieve.

Run With the Dogs 5K is Saturday, January 12

  It’s not too late to register for the Run with the Dogs 5k on Saturday, January 12.

2019 run with dog The 5K run/walk begins at 9:00 am, rain or shine at Decatur High School in Decatur, GA.  The one mile Pup Trot begins at 8:30 am. One registration fee allows you to do the 5k and the 1 mile puppy run.  Do one or do both!  Runners and walkers of all levels are invited to participate with their furry canine companions!  You don’t have to have a dog though :).  All proceeds will be used by the Decatur Bulldog Boosters to help fund the sports programs at Decatur High School and Renfroe Middle School.

For more information and to register, click here.

Move It Monday: Start Slow and Build Up

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From our friends at Move It Monday:

If you’re using this Monday to begin a new fitness routine, this is a great step toward following a healthy lifestyle! However, before you start moving, make sure you start smart and ease yourself in. This Monday, start your new workout slow so you can avoid injury and get stronger!

When you’re motivated and ready to start a new activity, it’s tempting to want to dive right in – especially if you’re starting something fun! Many people who push themselves beyond their fitness levels may put themselves at risk for injuries. But there’s a smart way to begin a new workout without hurting yourself, and it’ll even make a challenging workout easier to get used to.

First, be prepared for a workout. Make sure you’re wearing comfortable, breathable clothes and sneakers. Have a bottle of water handy to stay hydratedduring your workout; it’s a good idea to be hydrated before and after, too. Once you’ve decided on a workout, set a simple goal for yourself. For example, if you’re walking, aim to walk at a moderate pace for about 10 to 15 minutes to start. If you’re lifting weights, start with lighter weights at first. If you’re hoping to do something more aerobic and high-impact, start with short sets of mini-workouts. Starting slow will not only prevent you from overdoing it, it will help you assess your current fitness level.

You can use every Monday to track your progress and challenge yourself to reach your next level. Spending your first week as a beginner can also serve as a warm-up for your body and get it used to a new activity. Doing low-impact exercises will get your blood flowing and your muscles moving, so you’ll still be doing something great for your health! After that first week, see if you’re ready to move to the next level – then challenge yourself!

This Monday, work out the smart way by starting slow! Every Monday can be the perfect time to either keep going or take your exercise to the next level.

Decatur Recreation Center Gym – Updated

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Update: The gym will reopen on Friday, January 4. The walking track is currently open. 

The Decatur Recreation Center gym and track will remain closed through Friday. We had the floors redone over the holiday and the fumes are pretty strong. For everyone’s safety, we will keep the gym closed for a few more days. Classes scheduled for the gym and multi purpose room will be canceled. The rest of the building is open.

The gym will be available for basketball on Saturday.

Ebster Recreation Center gym is open and will have open gym at the following times:

January 2nd – 2:00 pm-6 pm

January 3rd – 2:00-6:00 pm

January 4th – 12 pm-5:30 pm

 

January 2019 – Active Adult Newsletter. New programs are coming in 2019. Be sure to catch the monthly newsletter so you don’t miss out.

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Decatur Active Living Holiday Closings

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Decatur Recreation Center and Ebster Recreation Center will be closed from December 24 through January 1 and will reopen on January 2, 2019. The gym floors will be redone over the break.

Ebster Recreation Center will have open gym on the following days:
January 2nd – 2:00 pm-6 pm
January 3rd – 2:00-6:00 pm
January 4th – 12 pm-5:30 pm

The Oakhurst Indoor Pool holiday schedule is here.

Decatur Active Living wishes the community a safe and fun filled holiday season!

Move It Monday: The Family That Walks Together Talks Together

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From our friends at Move It Monday:

It’s the end of the year, and with the holidays and New Year’s, you’re probably spending more time with your friends and family than you usually do. Maintain a fitness routine during the holidays by rallying your seasonal support system to keep moving this Monday.

study looking at group fitness showed that physical, mental, and emotional quality of life improves when participants exercise together. It could also lead to a significant improvement in mood and well-being.

So, instead of working out solo, grab a friend, or your whole family. Here are some fun group fitness ideas:

  • Take a fitness class together like Zumba or Pilates
  • Walk or jog a Monday Mile
  • Grab some bikes and take a bike ride
  • Do some mini-exercises together
  • Sign-up for a dance class, where partners are part of the fun!
  • Roll out your mats and take a yoga class
  • Organize a game in a court, like basketball or volleyball

This holiday season do some group fitness with your family and friends on Monday to be happy and healthy, together. Happy Holidays from Move It Monday!

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