Join us for a Free Couch to 5K Program

All levels of walkers and runners are welcome. For more information or questions contact Sara.Holmes@decaturga.com.

Couch to 5K Begins January 18th

Looking for some motivation to get off of the couch and start running? Decatur Active Living is offering a free Couch to 5K program beginning on January 18th. We will start off slow, and build endurance over 8 weeks. And of course, we will have fun!

The group will meet on Mondays at 6 pm and Fridays at 8 am in front of the Decatur Recreation Center. Group members will also do a third run on their own during the week. Safety measures for COVID will be in place.

For more information contact Sara.Holmes@decaturga.com.

Warm Up With a Foam Roller

At first glance, a foam roller seems like a low-tech piece of fitness equipment, but this simple, tube of compressed foam is high value. When used correctly, a foam roller can help reduce muscle soreness, increase joint range of motion, release muscle knots, aid in the management of fibromyalgia, and even lessen feelings of fatigue and sadness.

Try out these three basic foam roller exercises.

Move It Monday: Strength Training with What You Have on Hand

If you’re just starting with a new strength-training regimen or trying to maintain a healthy weight, the last thing you want to think about is spending money on heavy weights and elaborate machinery. Exercise equipment can be expensive, cumbersome, and bulky, which is why it often ends up covered in cobwebs rather than sweat. But you don’t need a treadmill, weights, or a squat rack to build muscle at home; with a little creativity, you can fashion a number of household items into fitness gear.

Read more here.

When it comes to fitting in your walk, get creative!

You don’t have to do your 30 minutes of daily physical activity all in one shot. Find creative ways to incorporate more walking into your normal routine.

Daily physical activity is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle, and it’s recommended that able-bodied adults get in at least 30 minutes of exercise—whether it be walking, jogging, running, weight training, or dance—five days a week.

But what if you don’t have a 30-minute block of time to spare? Well, you don’t have to do all your physical activity in one shot. Many times, it’s actually easier and more convenient to work in those low-intensity movements throughout the day. All it takes is a little creativity.

One of the best ways to boost your step count is to incorporate as much walking into your daily routine as possible. For example, when you’re out and about running errands, try parking farther away from the grocery store, veterinarian, shopping center, etc.; you’d be surprised how many steps you can accrue making this one tiny adjustment. A socially distanced walk with friends or family is another way to get moving. Use your next coffee date as another opportunity to get in extra steps.

Even shopping can be a source of physical activity. Save your online ordering for another week, and try going to the mall, where you can briskly move from store to store. And let’s say the weather is dark or damp or just dreary, well, there’s an easy solution — get your walk in at home. The next time you’re tidying up, preparing a meal, or streaming Netflix, consider taking an additional lap or two around the house. If you’re able to use your stairs without discomfort, go up and down a couple extra times.

This Monday, use your imagination and think about how you can effortlessly add more steps to your daily routine.

Destress With Belly Breathing

From our friends at Mondaycampaigns.org:

Behavior change is hard, but there are some simple strategies that can make adopting a healthy lifestyle easier. Reduce stress and improve your sleep through exercise, meditation, and mindfulness. Deep breathing and belly breathing are two techniques to help deal with stress. Try to think positive – surround yourself with positive people, find humor, be kind to yourself, and identify areas that need to change. See a mental health professional if you are feeling worried, anxious, or overwhelmed most of the time and these feelings are interfering with your normal life.

Read about more ways to reduce stress here.

Basic Dog Obedience classes start this Saturday, Nov. 7

This 3-week class helps owners work together with their dogs to become confident and happy companions.  The focus is on learning and practicing basic dog obedience manners as well as solving behavioral problems such as jumping, pulling & barking.  The course will also focus on ways to stimulate your dog’s brain to build your dog’s confidence and calmness.  Dogs need to be at least 5 months old and have all their vaccinations.  The class is outdoors and limited to 5 dog/human teams – humans will need to wear masks at all times – no sharing of training equipment – and we will practice social distancing of 6-10 ft of separation between participants. This class is not appropriate for dogs reactive to other dogs on a leash. Click the link below to register.

Kaiser Permanente Virtual Bingo tomorrow at 11am

RSVP to the link provided below. Once you are registered you will receive a link to join and your bingo card!

https://kpsabingo.wixsite.com/decaturactiveadults

Move It Monday: Stretch Away Stress

From our friends at the MondayCampaigns:

Adaptable to all fitness levels, anyone can do yoga. In a typical workday, it’s normal for tension to build up in your shoulders, neck, and back. Doing a few simple yoga moves can help relieve built-up tension. Chair yoga can reduce the strain and stress on your joints, can be done in the office or at home, and is highly adjustable for all the poses.

Here are a few chair yoga poses to get you started.

CHANGE OF TIME for Cancer Prevention to 1:00 pm.

Join by clicking the link provided below!

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