Today is GivingTuesday

GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past nine years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. Check out some ideas listed below to participate and have a wonderful #GivingTuesday

Happy Veteran’s Day

Thank you to all who have served our country.

Just Keep Moving with Bobbie Elzey

Bobbie Elzey is living an extraordinary life. From a schoolteacher and dancer to a pioneer for dance aerobics, Bobbie has paved the way for many females in the health and fitness industry. Beginning her fitness journey in the 1970s at a local YMCA, she built a dance fitness program with five participants to 1,000 participants. She ventured her way to Russia to teach across the country and to judge the National Competition for Aerobics eventually making her way to teach in Decatur in 1985.
Bobbie has taught Dance Aerobics and Functional Exercise for Seniors with Decatur Active Living for the past 36 years. Bobbie quickly became a staple and champion for health and fitness as well as our older adult population. We had the opportunity to sit down with Bobbie to hear her advice on how to prioritize health and wellness, especially for the older adult population.

Bobbie’s Health and Wellness Advice:

  • Age and disease should not be a roadblock to exercise!
  • To be successful in staying active, be sure to find activities that you enjoy. Think about what fitness activity you enjoyed during your childhood and do that now.
  • Every day movement and balance is important. Older adult populations can develop muscle quickly and gain confidence.
  • Challenge yourself with movement, balance, and strength activities daily. Get up and get moving!

Just Keep Moving with Bobbie’s classes at Decatur Recreation Center. Visit our website to learn more about our programs and be sure to contact Bobbie at www.lzaerobics.com to learn about her weekly classes and pricing.

The Benefits of Walking!

Here at Decatur Active Living we love walking and seeing as how it’s Walktober we thought we’d share some benefits of walking from our friends over at Clarity Fitness. We got together with Abbey Griffith, owner and founder of Clarity Fitness and below are her thoughts on the wonderful benefits of walking!

Abbey Griffith
Owner, Founder, NASM CPT Clarity Fitness

As a Certified Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor, Gym Owner, and Eating Disorder Recoveree, I know that there is no one “best”, “right”, or “ideal” workout. What you do to workout, how long it lasts, the intensity, where it is, and so many other factors truly come down to what will be sustainable, flexible, and fun for you! You’ll not only find it easier to incorporate movement into your life longterm, but it won’t be something you dread and feel you “have” to do. Movement will be an act of kindness and respect for your body.

Let’s talk about walking. Walking in itself is an absolute blessing, privilege, and gift. To be able to stand our entire bodies over two tiny flaps of bone and muscle (feet), then coordinate our incredible bodies over top of them while propelling ourselves forward to where we want to go? Wow! For those who can’t walk, don’t worry, your body is just as phenomenal. Think about what all goes into reading this article – the neurons firing, your eyes tracing along these words, the cognitive behavior of processing the information – can we all agree that our bodies are beyond incredible?

Now that we’ve locked in gratitude for the vessels that will take us through our entire lifetime, let’s explore how we can treat them with the respect they deserve in regards to movement. Exercise is a tool to work with, not against, the body. It is our right to play with different types of movement and explore what brings light into our lives. Be it walking, dancing, lifting, running, climbing, swimming, etc. – it is movement, and it is enough. 

I so regularly hear people beating themselves up because they “should’ve” worked out harder, longer, or in a different way. Critical and scientifically untrue comments like, “I went on a walk, but my friends ran – they did so much better than me”, or “I only walked today – I’ll have to go for a run tomorrow”. 

Both running and walking are excellent forms of exercise, but it’s time to give walking the credit it deserves. Functional movement means that a movement is found in your regular day to day motions. Think about sitting down and standing up at your desk – a squat! Or bending over to pick up a pen you dropped – a deadlift! The most functional movement of all for the many of us who get around throughout our day to day this way – walking. A study on “Walking versus running for hypotension, cholesterol, and diabetes mellitus risk reduction” states that, “Equivalent energy expenditures by moderate (walking) and vigorous (running) exercise produced similar risk reductions for hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes, and [coronary heart disease].” In essence, running is not “better” at defending against major health complications than walking, especially if you would much rather walk.

Walking is also a great option for injury prevention, as running without appropriate shoes, progression, training, stretching, and recovery can more easily lead to injury than doing so in a walk (although also risky!). If you’re interested in or love running, go for it! However whether you’re walking or running, we always recommend form checks from a Certified Personal Trainer or Physical Therapist to keep you safe and feeling your best.

Last but not least, movement and mental health must be clearly connected. If running causes you anxiety, you dread your workouts on cardio day, or you just really love walking but feel like it’s not a “good enough” workout, explore that with a Health at Every Size, Eating Disorder Informed, and/or Body Positive Mental Health Provider or Personal Trainer. It is incredibly important to tailor movement around what works for you and your body on any given day, and it’s allowed to change regularly. 

Now, go play!

Celebrate Children’s Environmental Health Day

The City of Decatur, in partnership with Georgia Clinician for Climate Action will celebrate Children’s Environmental Health (CEH) Day on Thursday, October 14 at Legacy Park from 5pm-6:30pm. The purpose of the Children’s Environmental Health (CEH) Day is to raise awareness about the importance of clean air and water, safe food and consumer products, healthy environments, and stable climates to children’s health and development.

Join us for a wonderful walk with city officials and staff around the beautiful grounds of Legacy Park. Activities will include tree identification along the walk, youth groups and climate/environmental health facts from doctors. Together we can safeguard the health, safety and well-being of our most precious resource, children.  

For more information on Children’s Environmental Health (CEH) Day visit cehday.org or if you would like to participate in this event contact Gregory White, Director of Decatur Active Living at 678-553-6543 or greg.white@decaturga.com     

This week: October 4-9

Join us this week for NAMI tomorrow at 11 a.m. Our Wednesday walk starts at 10 a.m. this month and we’ll be making beautiful jewelry with Ms. Gussy in art class, Thursday at 10 a.m. Come on down to Ebster Rec Center Friday at 10 a.m. for Silver Spokes and log some bike time for Biketober!

Tuesday, October 5, 11 a.m.

This program allows people who have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder to share their lived experience. The purpose is to provide education and awareness, and promote advocacy, with the goal of eliminating the stigma. The In Our Own Voice program is free, and offers virtual presentations to all organizations and groups. The presentation: Provides an opportunity to hear open and honest perspectives on a highly misunderstood topic. Promotes a deeper understanding of mental health conditions, dispelling stereotypes and misconceptions while helping to eliminate the stigma. Promotes the understanding that people with mental health conditions have lives enriched by hopes, dreams and goals. Provides information on how to learn more about mental health and get involved with the mental health community.

Email Gael Doyle at Gael.Doyle@decaturga.com to register or for any questions

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

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