Try Some Mindful Walking This Monday

From our friends at the MondayCampaigns.org:

Make Monday an occasion to try some mindful walking when you need to de-stress for a few minutes between activities. Any style of mindfulness is a robust antidote to stress. Mindfulness engages your normal powers of awareness and is something you can do anytime, anywhere.

Here are some steps to follow for a short and easy session of mindful walking.

Today is National Walking Day – Where Will YOU Walk?

From NationalToday.com:

The first Wednesday in April is National Walking Day and it encourages Americans of all ages to get out and stretch their legs and get their hearts pumping. The American Heart Association sponsors this day to remind people about the health benefits of taking a walk. Wear your sneakers (or take them with you) to work, and at some point in the day, take a 30-minute walk. 

Here are some great ways to make that 30-minutes more enjoyable:

  • Wear comfortable clothes.
  • Take a friend to pass the time.
  • Make sure to stretch those muscles.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Move your arms, too.
  • Make sure you have good posture.

For ideas on how to observe the day including a “beach walk” and a word search puzzle, click here.

Move It Monday: Stay Active to Stay Healthy

From our Friends at MondayCampaigns.org:

Do you want to improve your strength, balance, and flexibility, have more energy, sleep better, feel happier, and reduce your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers?

The answer is simple: start (and stay) active.

Regardless of your age or ability level, getting active—whether it’s walking, jogging, strolling, rolling, stretching, yoga, dancing, or weightlifting—can positively impact your physical and mental wellbeing and lead to a better quality of life.

Here’s how regular physical activity can transform your day-to-day life.

Where Will YOU Walk in April?

Spring Has Sprung! Let’s Get Outside

Walking Book Club
Our first book is Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult. For our first meeting, read pages 1-52  or until the Andrew  chapter. 

The walk will be easy and approx. 1-2 miles.   Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and be ready to walk at 9 am. Group size limited to eight. Registration and masks are required to keep COVID protocols. Group will meet every Saturday morning at 9 am.
Register here.

April Walk Challenge
Where will you walk in April? Complete the Walk Challenge Bingo and score a Walk There Decatur bandanna and a light to keep you seen at night.
Send completed bingo cards to Cheryl Burnette no later than May 1, 2021.

Third Friday Bike Ride
Join us on Friday, April 16th for a 6 mile ride around the city at a casual pace. Ride leaves from the front of the Decatur Recreation Center at 6:30 pm.  All levels of cyclists are welcome, however not recommended for children. Helmets and face coverings are required. For  more information contact Cheryl Burnette.

Free Yoga on the Square
Classes begin the week of April 12. Join us on Monday and Thursday mornings at 10 am and start your day off with a great stretch!  This is an all levels class taught by Cheryl Burnette. Class is limited to ten.Masks and registration are required. Register here

Wednesday Walks
Join us on Wednesdays at 9 am for this 2-3 mile walk around Decatur neighborhoods. Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and be ready to step out at 9 am. At this time, masks and registration are required. Contact Sara Holmes to register. 

New! Trails and Ales
On April 29 we will introduce a new program, Trails and Ales. We will begin and end our walk at Three Taverns Brewery. The cost is $25; participants receive a special Trails and Ales t-shirt and a pint after the walk. For more information contact Sara Holmes.

Boot Camp Today is Cancelled

We will not be doing Boot Camp on the Square this morning. Check out our blog to see what we will be offering on the Square in April.

Active Living Invites You to our Walking Book Club in April

The weather is getting warmer and spring is on the way.  To enjoy the outdoors, please join us for the inaugural Walking Book Club led by Active Living Board member Shelly Head. We will read a few chapters every week to discuss during our walk around Decatur. 

Our first book is Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult.  There are multiple copies available through the Library as well as Amazon, Half Price Books and Hoopla or consider ordering it from Little Shop of Stories.  For our first meeting, read pages 1-52  or until the Andrew  chapter. 

The walk will be easy and approx. 1-2 miles.   Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and be ready to walk at 9 am. Group size limited to eight. Registration and masks are required to keep COVID protocols.

Group will meet every Saturday morning at 9 am. Register here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E48A8AB29A2FF2-walking.

For more information contact Cheryl.burnette@decaturga.com.

Yoga on the Square Cancelled Today

Due to the cold weather and the rain, we are cancelling yoga on the Square today. Hope to see everyone next week!

Decatur Outdoor Pickleball, Come out & Play!

Scott Park! Free parking in the Library lower deck. 231 Sycamore St. Decatur GA 30030

No Registration required. Weather permitting, drop-in open play. Please bring your own paddles/balls.

Outdoor Pickleball

Move It Monday: Start Your Day with a Stretch

From our friends at MondayCampaigns.org:

Exercising from bed sounds too good to be true, but with bed yoga, it’s possible to start your morning with a rejuvenating workout from the comfort of your mattress.

Yoga is a form physical activity that combines stretching with light, flowing movements. Practicing yoga can help improve range of motion and circulation, as well as relieve stress and anxiety. Yoga requires the synchronization of movement and breath, and this alignment of body and mind is the perfect way to ease into the day.

Follow along with our instructional video.