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.

Let’s Get Active This Week

We’ve all got busy schedules, but it’s important to remember to set aside time for some movement. It might be hard to believe, but it’s possible (actually, pretty easy) to go an entire day without having to walk more than a few hundred steps.

Here’s how you can fit a little fitness into your daily routine.

Voting at Decatur Recreation Center Tomorrow

Voting for the Run-off Election will be held at Decatur Recreation Center on Tuesday, January 5 from 7 am-7 pm. 

Be sure to bring a photo id with you.

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.

Happy Holidays!

Active Living and Decatur Police staff members brought some holiday cheer to residents at Phillips Towers and Park Trace yesterday. Carols were sung, gifts were presented, and Mr. and Mrs. Claus made their yearly appearance.

Thanks to JenCare Senior Medical Center and Humana for sponsoring the cheer!

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.

Early Voting Begins Monday at Decatur Recreation Center

Early Voting will be held at the Decatur Recreation Center December 14 through December 20.

Monday- Friday: 7 am-7 pm

Saturday: 9 am-6 pm

Sunday: 12 pm-6 pm

Today is the First Day of Hanukkah

From NationalToday.com:

Hanukkah, which means ‘dedication’ in Hebrew, begins on the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar and usually falls in November or December. Often called the Festival of Lights, the holiday is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, games, and gifts. Learn more about the history here.

Some ways you can mark the holiday:

Make some Potato Latkes
You can make your own paper dreidel and learn to play the game
Watch a Menorah lighting in Boulder via Zoom tonight. Register here.

Stay safe and enjoy the holiday!

Graphic from Toronto.ca/covid19

Boost Your Mood with a COVID-friendly Walk

From our friends at MoveItMonday:

Even as COVID-19 requires us to take extra precautions when socializing with family, friends, and colleagues, you still have plenty of options when it comes to securing a walking partner. Walking is a key component of physical activity for all ages and abilities; and as many of us are spending more time indoors, a daily walk can be the perfect opportunity to get up from your chair and take in some fresh air.

Check out our tips for enjoying a safe partner walk.

2021 RWTD 5K Poster(s) Unveiled

Artist Adam Pinsley has done it again – he has created another great poster for the annual Run With the Dogs 5k. Well, actually there are two! This year’s “dog of honor” is Milo, a very well behaved AussieOllie (part Australian Shepard and part border collie.) The poster was unveiled on Wednesday, with the artist, Milo and his family present.

Run with the Dogs 5K is an annual fundraiser of the Decatur Bulldogs Boosters and supports the athletic programs at Decatur High School and Renfroe Middle School.

The Boosters raise money annually to meet the needs of student athletes, including uniforms and equipment. These funds are used to support 685 student athletes on all 25 teams representing 14 sports at Decatur High and Renfroe Middle Schools.

The 5K run/walk race will be a bit different than previous years. Register now, and you can run the race any time between January 23 and 31, 2021. You can report your time through Chronotrack.  T-shirts and award pick up days will be Feb. 13 from 10 a.m.-noon and Feb. 14 from 2-3 p.m. The team is also working on a t-shirt pick-up during the race window for participants who register before Jan 4, 2021.

 Visit www.rwtd5k.com for more information and registration. All entry fees are non-refundable.