Free College Planning class with Capstone Financial -Tuesday, Sept. 18th at 6:30pm. Meet us at Decatur Recreation Center

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Safe Routes to School at Glennwood ES

Glennwood Elementary Safe Routes to School Champions, Ingrid Rogan and Marishyl Ford, made a video of students talking about why walking and biking to school is fun and important. They showed the video at their last community circle to encourage new students to join in the fun. Take a look and get encouraged to walk or bike your children to school.

For more information on Decatur’s Safe Routes to School program, click here.

Scott Park Update: Park now open

The Park has reopened! 

 

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Scott Park, located behind Decatur Recreation Center, is closed this morning. We are having tree work done and it is not safe for visitors. Check back for updates.

Thank you for your patience.

Lil’ Dribblers Basketball, Register Now!

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Destress Monday: Walk It Off

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From our friends at Destress Monday:

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:

  1. Pick a time in your daily routine to practice mindful walking for at least five minutes.
  2. Concentrate on the physical sensations of walking – the sights, sounds, and feelings of each step.
  3. If your mind wanders, gently return your focus by repeating “left, right” as you walk.

As you walk, pay attention to the physical experience of walking. Bring your attention to your feet, noticing the sensations of walking itself. Witness the heel, ball, and toe of each foot as it makes contact, over and over, in every step. Bring your attention to the breath and the rhythm of your stride.

Mindful walking is a form of mindfulness, which is a way to focus on the present and not get caught up in thoughts of the past or worries about the future, giving you a greater sense of well-being and relaxation. This naturally slows down your heart rate and lowers your blood pressure. Its benefits include: stress reduction, reduced rumination, and increased focus.

This Monday, no matter where you’re going or how fast you’re walking, use this tip to de-stress and slow down, yet keep moving.

For information about walking in Decatur, visit decaturga.com/walking.

Something for All Ages at Decatur Active Living!

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Did you know that the Playbook is not just for kids? We have a plethora of activities, classes and athletic opportunities for all ages. In addition to athletics, open gym, pickleball, volleyball, indoor soccer and table tennis, we offer a number of free classes, workshops and field trips for active adults and seniors.

Check out the new Fall Playbook  and join us to keep active in Decatur!

Check Your Bike Before Each Ride

An easy way to make sure your bike is in good working order is to do an ABC Quick Check.

Air: Be sure you have enough air in your tires
Brakes: Look to see that your brake pads are not worn
Chain and Cranks: Pull on your cranks to see that they are not loose and look to see that the chain is not rusted and it is free of gunk
Quick Release: Make sure all quick releases are closed
Check: Take a slow brief ride to check that your bike is working properly

Move It Monday

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Exercising together makes your whole family stronger! There are many quick and easy exercises everyone can do to stay fit together. This Monday, we’ll give you a few to start so you can continue throughout your week. It’s time to get moving with your whole crew!

Not only is your exercise regimen good for you, but it may also be good for your family members. Research has found that if one person in the family starts exercising, others are more likely to join in.

To ignite your Monday and accommodate all fitness levels, we’ve come up with four mini-exercise ideas for the whole family to enjoy.

Monday Mile  Do a Monday Mile! Map out a round-trip mile from your front door. All you need is a pair of sneakers! Depending on your fitness levels, you can walk or jog.

Yoga Anywhere, Anytime Try a short sequence together. Yoga builds flexibility, mobility, strength, and addresses many muscle groups. Use core yoga postures like downward dog, tree, and child’s pose. Yoga will surely bring some smiles. Do yoga in bedin a chair, or on a yoga mat!

Charity Walk Is there a cause that stands out for your family? Pick a charity and train for an upcoming run/walk event. This is a great opportunity to cheer each other on, build togetherness, and do good!

Family Repetitions Strength training is a key component of overall fitness. To accommodate all fitness levels, use soup cans or weights to get strong together. Grab the weights to work your arms, legs, and back. In the living room or backyard, have your crew do repetitions of bicep curls, lunges, and finish off with some squats. Bring it all together with a smile!

Your best fitness partners are sitting across from you every day at the dinner table! Move It Monday encourages families all over the world to kick off the week with exercise. We’d love to hear from you! Share your ideas with us on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.

Family Bike Ride, Sunday September 9

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Join Decatur Active Living for this fun Family Bike Ride beginning at Harmony Park. We will bicycle 1-2 miles around Oakhurst. Decatur Police will be registering bikes from 1 – 2 pm. The ride begins at 2 pm. Riders will receive a special I Bike Decatur spoke card. Safety information will also be available.

Helmets are required for all city sponsored rides. All children MUST be accompanied by adults. The event is free, however we ask that you register on our Facebook page so we have an idea of how many will be joining us.

For more information contact cheryl.burnette@decaturga.com or call 678-553-6541.

 

Move It Monday: Organize a Monday Mile

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Take the first step! This Monday, organize a Monday Mile with your peers. It’s a good opportunity to exercise, meet new people, see old faces, and catch up!

Exercising in a group can improve the community’s motivation, socialization, and safety.  Walking or jogging is for all fitness levels and is one of the simplest exercises anyone can do, with benefits like building muscles, better cardiovascular health, and boosting the immune system and overall mental well-being.

For information on walking in Decatur, visit decaturga.com/walking.