Move It Monday: Fun Family Fitness

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From our friends at the Monday Campaigns:

It’s Saturday morning and the kids have just wrapped up cartoons and polished off their cereal.

And now they’re restless.

But what’s a parent to do when they’ve got a couple of little ones bouncing off the walls? Instead of trying to get Chris and Sally to sit down to a puzzle, board game, or art project, use family game day as an opportunity to get everyone moving.

We’ve picked some awesome Move it Monday actives to help the kids expend all of that excess energy: No iPad, X-Box, or television required!

Build an Obstacle Course
Let your imagination (and children) run wild with an obstacle course. Shift around the furniture, throw in some pillows, create some corridors, and send your kids on a fun journey through the house and into the yard. Need some inspiration? Consider adding in a puzzle half-way through the obstacle course or make a section that requires kids to crawl, hop, or wiggle their way through to the end.

Wacky Races
Go beyond the typical running race and introduce your kids to some cool and funky variations. Three-legged and wheel barrow races are always a hit, but you can also add in a crab walk, hop scotch, jump rope, or soccer ball to ramp up the fun. The more creative you get, the more captivated your audience.

Family Freeze Tag

This activity is perfect for a bigger group and a spacious backyard. Freeze tag is a classic, but the comradery necessary to rescue your frozen teammates can get even mom’s and dad’s adrenaline pumping. The stopping-and-starting of freeze tag allows you to exert a burst of energy — and then rest. In case you’ve forgotten, here’s a refresher on the rules: One person is “it” (they do the tagging); everyone else runs around until they are tagged. Once tagged, you remain “frozen” with your legs set wide apart until another player crawls through them, which unfreezes you. The game finishes when all players are frozen (or the “it” gets too tired).

Freeze Dance
If you’ve got a lot of kids to entertain, there’s nothing better than a groovy game of freeze dance. Put on some pop hits, grunge, gospel, rock, rap, Disney tunes, or whatever other music you fancy and start dancing. When the music is stopped (someone will have to be the DJ), anyone who is still moving is out. The last person standing wins!

FREE Lime Scooter Class Saturday, November 16

lime logoJoin Decatur Active Living and Lime for a FREE scooter class this Saturday, November 16, 12 pm at Legacy Park.

Lime staff will be on hand to share important information about safe scooting, complying with the rules of riding in Decatur, and best of all, Lime will be giving away free test rides!

Meet at Legacy Park (formerly known as United Methodist Children’s Home) located at 500 S Columbia Dr, Decatur, GA 30030. There will be about 15 minutes of review and about 15 minutes of free ride time so you can get familiar with riding a scooter in a safe space.

You must RSVP here so Lime can ensure the right number of scooters for maximum riding time. Helmets will be provided and are yours to keep.

In order to test ride a scooter, please remember the following:

(1) All riders must be over the age of 18

(2) Wear comfortable clothing and shoes (tennis shoes, flats, etc.)

(3) Download the Lime app from iTunes or Google Play and set up your account beforehand to minimize wait time

***In case of rain the reschedule date will be SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23 at 12 pm***

Move It Monday: Fun Family Fitness

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Happy Healthy Monday from our friends at the Monday Campaigns!

There’s nothing like a little friendly competition to bring the family closer. So why not turn your plain-old, ordinary exercises into a family fitness challenge.

Experts recommend individuals spend at least 150 minutes per week exercising or being active, so we’ve compiled a list of exercises that can easily be converted into fitness challenges for you and the whole family to do together. Completing one or two of these challenges a week will help you satisfy that weekly workout requirement. Group challenges inevitably motivate you to push yourself a harder, and they can even help you squeeze out an extra rep (or two or three).

The cherry on top is that these fitness challenges don’t require any hardcore workout equipment; all you need is maybe a few chairs, some floor space, and a few willing participants.

Check out five of our favorite challenges.

Apply to be on the Active Living Board

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The Decatur Active Living Board will have a vacancy in January and community members are invited to fill out a Statement of Interest form found here.

The Active Living Board meets the first Tuesday of each month at 8 am at the Decatur Recreation Center. The Board was established to provide guidance to the City Commission regarding programs and goals of the city’s Active Living Division, to help citizens  incorporate physical activity into their daily routines with guidance and assistance with implementing the recommendations to promote positive health outcomes from the Community Transportation Plan.

For more information about the Active Living Board, contact Cheryl.Burnette@decaturga.com or 678-553-6541.

 

 

 

Take a Meditation Walk

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Daily stressors often engage us in the internal chatter of our thoughts. Being in the moment by connecting fully with the outside world brings you back to the simple joy of being. Walk with sensory awareness, and enter the bliss of living now.

  • Begin with a comfortable stride.
  • Breathe deeply, observing the sensation of your breath flowing through your nostrils.
  • Focus on the soles of your feet meeting the ground, noticing pressure changes as you stride.
  • Observe the air’s texture and temperature against your body, savoring its scents and taste.
  • Hear the surrounding noises, letting sound waves roll up against your ears and detecting sounds of humanity and of nature in general.
  • Discern the chirping of birds, the buzzing of insects, and the rustling of leaves, and soak up the energy of life around you.
  • Allow sights to touch your eyes, absorbing colors, shadows, and variations of light and keeping your gaze soft and gentle.
  • Continue to explore your senses with every step.
  • As you finish, relish your oneness with the pulse of life.

(From The Walking Deck by Shirley Archer)

Healthy Monday: Make Happiness Go Viral

Happy Healthy Monday from our friends at The Monday Campaigns!

As the weather gets a little colder, the days get a little darker, the stress of assembling a flawless Thanksgiving meal creeps a little closer, it becomes even MORE important to send positive vibes out into the atmosphere (and beyond).

Research shows that it only takes one good deed to change a person’s afternoon, day, week, month, or lifetime. A kind action reverberates beyond your immediate social circle and can impact the lives of people you may never even meet.

The same is true when a kind or positive post is shared on social media.

See how you can help us make happiness go viral today.

Try-outs for the NEW Girls Competitive Basketball League are Wednesday, November 6th

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Have a Safe Halloween!

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Active Adults Halloween Party is today!

downloadDon’t let the rain keep you away from a lot of fun! Join us for the first annual Halloween Pot Luck at the Decatur Recreation Center. The fun begins at 11 am. We will have a costume contest, pumpkin decorating and more.

Bring a dish to share and be sure to wear a costume. Prizes for the best costume!

Healthy Monday: Stay Safe while Exercising in the Dark

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From our friends at The Monday Campaigns:

It’s dark and you’re jogging along the side of the road. All you can think about is summiting that final hill.

And then it happens.

A car speeds by just as you’re reaching the crest. The driver doesn’t see you; you don’t hear the roar of the motor. Fortunately, the car narrowly whizzes past you.

As the clocks turn back and the days get shorter, exercising outdoors becomes more dangerous. To avoid any new potential hazards, we’ve compiled a list of safety tips for working out at dusk, dawn, and every time in between.