Move It Monday: Try Habit-Stacking

From our friends at the MondayCampaigns.org:

We know what you’re thinking — what is habit stacking?

The idea behind habit stacking is simple: add a new behavior to your daily schedule by “stacking it” on top of an existing habit. The concept of habit stacking was pioneered by James Clear, author of the New York Times bestseller, Atomic Habits, and it is designed to help individuals incorporate more healthy behaviors into their lives without disrupting their normal routine. Seamlessly incorporating physical activity throughout the day can lead to weight loss and reduced instances of chronic illnesses such as diabetes or hypertension.

For example, many of us make coffee in the morning, and, whether you’re using a drip pot or French press, the brewing process takes between 5 – 10 minutes. During the time you wait for your coffee, you can easily add a new better-for-you behavior into your schedule, such as a few sets of high knees or a light jog-in-place.

By stacking enough of these habits, you’ll effectively incorporate a surprising amount of extra physical activity into your daily routine without even realizing it.

For ideas and to learn more, click here.

Third Friday Bike Ride is Friday, August 20

Join Decatur Active Living for this social-paced bike ride around Decatur neighborhoods. We bike approximately six miles and no-one will be left behind. Please wear a helmet and mask. This ride is not appropriate for children.

Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and be ready to put wheels down at 6:30 pm.

Move It Monday! Write Your Own success Story

From our friends at MondayCampaigns.org:

This Monday, keep a record of your workouts. Tracking your fitness accomplishments will help identify useful patterns, reveal a picture of your overall performance, and help you stay on top of your progress.

Previously, we’ve covered how and why to keep a journal. We’ll now share tips on what to write down to keep you motivated and inspired.

  • Set a goal. 10,000 steps in a day? 20 minutes of non-stop cardio three times a week? Three weight-lifting sessions in a week? 30 minutes of laps every Saturday? Whatever it is, put it on the horizon. This is your goal.
  • Keep track. Track your numbers every day and be accountable. A possible entry would include: Date, exercise, time, distance, and any other miscellaneous notes – like how it made you feel or what you might need to change to bring you closer to your goals.
  • Find activities you enjoy. When you’re invested and having fun, you’re more likely to want to achieve your fitness goals. Be adaptable, not only will you work more muscles, but fitness may be less routine and more fun. Also, consider making fitness more social by inviting your friends or taking a class.

This Monday, use your personal data to see the big picture. When you see all your fitness accomplishments in one place, you’re more likely to feel a sense of completion and be motivated to achieve your fitness goals. Plus, it feels good!

Afterschool Counselors Wanted- Apply Now!


Afterschool counselors lead enriching activities for children in school buildings across the City of Decatur with an emphasis on leadership, social emotional learning, STEAM and cultural competence. The role begins August 24-27, 2021 with orientation and then starts at schools on Tuesday, August 31, 2021.  Schedules are 1:45-6:15 pm or 2:15-6:15 pm M-F on school days from August through May with some additional hours on Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the year for meetings and professional development. The pay rate is $14 or $15/hour DOQ.

How to Apply

Applying is easy! Please visit our website to apply online.

You can also checkout our Instagram ad here.

Clear the Sidewalk Day is Saturday, August 7th

The City of Decatur requests all property owners prune their trees and shrubs to clear the sidewalks and streets.

With school beginning this week, clear sidewalks will make it safer for students to walk safely to school, and make it safer for all pedestrians to walk (or roll) in front of your property without having to go into the street. Pruning your tree will also help keep them from being damaged by trucks and cars.

For information on how to prune, contact the City Arborist, Kay.Evanovich@decaturga.com.

Don’t let your sidewalk look like these:

Recreation Centers Open August 2 for Classes and Open Gym

Decatur Recreation Center and Ebster Recreation Center will open on Monday, August 2nd for classes, programs and open gym.

We are following COVID protocols and visitors will be greeted with the following upon entering:

*Temperature Checks
*Sign-in via QR code or Contract tracing notebook
*Facemasks are required when entering the building, moving through the building, or while waiting for open gym play. You may remove your mask while participating in exercise.

The following programs will be offered:

*Adult and Senior Programming
*Exercise Programming at Decatur Rec.
*Adult Open Gym Activities
*Youth Open Gym Activities

For more information and a detailed schedule, click here.


McKoy Pool Closed Today

McKoy Pool is closed due to contamination and will re-open on Friday, July 23 at 2 pm. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please enjoy Glenlake and Oakhurst pools.

Decatur Pool Hours Beginning on August 3

Due to a national lifeguard shortage, Decatur has modified the pool schedule as follows:

On weekdays, Ebster will be open from 9 am-12 pm for lap swim. Seniors will be admitted free with picture ID during those hours.

Glenlake will be open from 4 pm-8 pm on weekdays.

Glenlake, Ebster and McKoy pools will be open 10 am-6 pm on weekends.

Mobile Rec Center Rescheduled for July 26

The Mobile Recreation Center has been postponed until Monday, July 26, due to the chance of rain this afternoon. Join us on Ebster Field for some fun with outdoor games. All ages are welcome.

For more information contact Sara.Holmes@decaturga.com or 678-553-6559.

Move It Monday: Speed Up Your Monday Mile

From our friends at the MondayCampaigns.org:

It may seem like a leisurely activity, but walking is most definitely a workout. Moving at a brisk pace—whether it’s around the neighborhood, through the park, or up-and-down city streets—can help improve endurance, heart health, bone strength, flexibility, and weight management. And since it’s a low-impact exercise, walking is an excellent option for people of all ages and ability levels.

Here’s how you can take your Monday Mile to the next level.