Biketober starts next Friday!

Roll with us next month for Biketober! Check out our biking programs and don’t forget to sign up for our We Bike Decatur team with Love to Ride.

Terri Kruzan’s Dog Training for People

Terri & Blaky at Run with the Dogs

We sat down with our resident dog whisperer, Terri Kruzan, to talk about her passion for dog training and agility:

I work with people to help their dogs become confident and happy companions in our community. We all want to walk our neighborhood sidewalks with a calm dog by our side and be able to have a conversation with a friend without a pulling, barking dog at our feet. People seek me out for help with basic obedience skills, with separation anxiety and with reactivity to new people, dogs and things. The most common feedback I get from people is how they learned 15 minutes of mental stimulation is equal to 60 minutes of physical stimulation to calm their dog.

I work with people in their homes and with members of their household as well as in group classes through Decatur Active Living.  I am a long-term resident of Decatur and in my retirement, I followed my passion and became certified as a dog trainer through Animal Behavior College.  The name for my business came from my son and his friends who said just name your business after your approach that ‘people need to learn just as much as their dogs!’  Neighbors know and trust me and I chose to share my classes through the Decatur Active Living as a way to give back to my community.

Fall Classes are:

Dog Agility for Fun

Six-week course teaches your dog how to go over, through & on obstacles and how humans guide their dogs – a mentally & physically stimulating sport.

Starts on Thurs 9/23 at 5:45-6:45PM

Basic Dog Obedience

Six-week course focuses on learning basic dog obedience manners, as well as solving problem behaviors, such as jumping, pulling & barking.

Starts on Sat, 10/2 from 10-11 AM.

For questions, contact: Terri Kruzan at tkruzan@bellsouth.net or 404.510.3113

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!

Adult & Senior Programming is BACK!

We are thrilled to re-introduce adult and senior programming and cannot wait to see you there. Check out the image below to see our offerings for August. Be sure to contact Sara Holmes at sara.holmes@decaturga.com to register for programs.

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.


Parks and Recreation Month comes to an end!

Parks and Recreation Month is coming to an end but our programming continues on. Our last scheduled program for the month was our Wednesday Walks with a Special Guest. This week we had the pleasure of Mayor Garrett joining us to tell participants about Legacy Park and the future plans for the area. Legacy Park Caretaker – Doresy Nobles – led walkers through a tour of the beautiful Moore Chapel.

A sincere thank you to Mayor Garrett, Decatur City Commissioner Kelly Walsh, City Manager Andrea Arnold, and Active Living Board Member Jack Kittle for joining us for our Wednesday Walks in July. Participants enjoyed getting to know each special guest and learn more about each of the parks visited – Glenlake Park, Oakhurst Park, Hidden Cove, and Legacy Park.

3rd Friday Bike Ride this Friday, July 16th at 6:30 pm

Join us for our 3rd Friday Bike Ride this Friday! Meet us in front of Decatur Recreation Center. This is a no drop ride. Wheels on the ground at 6:30 pm. Arrive early to see the Pedego eBike demo from Pedego Atlanta and receive a FREE 1-hour rental passes.

Mayor Patti Garrett joins Active Living’s Walking group for Parks & Recreation Month

As part of our Park & Recreation Month festivities, Active Living’s Walking group will visit a local park and have a special guest for each walk. This week we were pleased to have Mayor Patti Garrett join us for our weekly walk around Glenlake Park. Want to hear more about the walk? Click here to read The Champion article.

Active Living’s walking group meets weekly on Wednesday at 9:00 am. All walks will begin and end at Decatur Recreation Center (231 Sycamore Street). No registration needed, just meet us at the rec!