Move It Monday: Stay Hydrated

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It’s a no-brainer that we all need plenty of water to live. But Americans on average drink less than 4 cups a day—hardly enough, according to experts. The ante is upped if you’re doing any kind of exercise. But exactly what does staying hydrated mean? And exactly how much water do you really need for your workouts? Find out on the Move It Monday blog!

Move It Monday: Play Some Tunes

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Working out with music has been shown to help one to keep pace, elevate one’s mood, and make one want to move! Find and play those tunes that put you ‘in the zone’. (Source: Huffington Post)

For more information on living healthy, visit http://www.mondaycampaigns.org.

 

Come Walk With Us!

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Decatur Active Living and the Pedestrian Committee of the Active Living Board invite you to walk with us this month!

Third Sunday Stroll
Sunday, February 19, 2 PM
Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center
Join us as we tour some of the artwork of the Decatur Box Project. We will walk approximately two miles around downtown Decatur and learn about the artwork on the electrical boxes that was commissioned by the Decatur Arts Alliance. Everyone is invited and there is no cost to join us for this event.

Fourth Thursday Bright at Night Walk
Thursday, February 23, 7:30 pm
New Start this month! Meet in front of Winnona Park School
The February 23 Bright at Night Walk will begin at 7:30 p.m. in front of Winnona Park School and will take walkers through the Winnona Park neighborhood, past the Children’s Home property and onto the campus of Columbia Theological Seminary. Walkers will receive a free light to wear and keep so they will “Be Safe and Be Seen!”

Decatur Active Living also has the weekly 50+ Walk every Wednesday at 10 am that starts in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and the monthly Walk With a Doc that meets the second Saturday of each month.

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

Move It Monday: Get Race Ready!

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Setting and achieving a fitness goal can also make exercising incredibly rewarding. The feeling of accomplishment and progress can bring a lot of joy to working out!

Join Team Decatur and make your goal four races to become a Grand Prix Champion! More information at http://www.decaturga.com/teamdecatur or contact Cheryl.Burnette@decaturga.com.

 

Healthy Monday: De-stress With Art

Looking at art can actually reduce stress. According to U.K. research, participants reported a decrease in high stress levels after a brief lunchtime visit to an art gallery. In fact, in an analysis of 15 studies, noted Neuroscientist Oshin Vartain explained that our brain automatically triggers pleasure and reward when viewing art. Experience this calming effect for yourself by viewing the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s interactive website.

You can also join Decatur Active Living for the 3rd Sunday Stroll – this month we will do a tour of the painted electric boxes in downtown Decatur. Walking and art- a great way to distress!

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Move It Monday!

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A fitness challenge might be exactly what you need to keep moving! Consider setting a fitness challenge, like increasing your walking or running speed. Having something specific to work towards can make exercise exciting again and fuel you with motivation.

For more information on being active and healthy, visit http://www.mondaycampaigns.org.

Move It Monday: Stretching is Crucial

From the folks at Move It Monday:

Stretching before and after exercise is crucial. Stretching helps increase the range of motion around a joint and also loosens up the stiffness in muscles. When you warm your muscles up before exercise, the better able they are to deal with stressful movement. Stretching is also a great way to cool down your muscles afterwards. Visit our blog for three easy stretches to work into your day.

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Run With the Dogs is January 21 – First Race in the NEW Team Decatur Grand Prix Series

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If there is a fitness-related goal on your list of New Year’s resolutions, put the January 21st Run With The Dogs 5K and 1-mile Pup Trot on your calendar. If you have a canine companion, this is a unique opportunity for the two of you to spend some quality outdoor time together.

Come  out and support Decatur High and Renfroe Middle School athletics by participating in the 12th annual Decatur Bulldog Boosters’ Run With The Dogs 5K — with or without a dog.  If you or your 4-legged friend are looking for a shorter distance, this year there is also a new 1-Mile Pup Trot.  One registration fee allows you to do the 5K and the 1-mile Pup Trot.  You can do one or do both!

This year’s event will take place Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Decatur High School  — Pup Trot at 8:30 AM and the 5K at 9:00 AM.

Register at http://www.RWTD5k.com.

This race is part of the Team Decatur Grand Prix series. Find out more at decaturga.com/teamdecatur and become part of the team!

All proceeds will be used by the Decatur Bulldog Boosters to help fund the sports programs at Decatur High School and Renfroe Middle School.

Follow the Run With The Dogs on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RWTD5k or Instagram @RWTD5K. Any questions can be forwarded to Bethany Atkinson – BethanyAtkinson@yahoo.com.

Move It Monday: New Year, Healthier You!

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Any routine done day after day can dull your muscle response, making your workouts less effective. But when you put your heart and passion into something, especially movement, you always get back more energy and joy. Ditch that monotonous routine and try out something new that could really pump up your fun quotient! Cheers to a happier, healthier you!

Winter Walking Tips

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Practice Safe Winter Walking Habits

Be safe and be seen! Follow basic safety rules. Look both ways, cross at marked crosswalks, watch for traffic and pay attention to cyclists. Assume drivers can’t see you and proceed with caution on busy streets.

Share the Way. Be mindful of cyclists, runners, and other trail users. Walk on the right, and listen for bells and audible warnings.

Walk with friends or in places where there are other walkers, especially in the early morning and evening hours.

Start slowly and take it easy. Muscles warm up as you go. Adjust your pace for the weather conditions to decrease your chances of straining a muscle or taking a fall.

Make it Fun!

Meet friends at a park or walk site.

Warm your way with a thermos with hot chocolate or cider.

Use the time to learn about how things are different in the winter, such a how the trees look, what the color of grass it, which flowers grow in the cold.

Dress for the Weather

Dress in layers to stay warm. Don’t forget y9our mittens or gloves and a hat. You can lose 35% of your body hear through your head! Watch for icy spots along your route.

Pay extra attention to your feet. Wear warm socks with room for toe wiggling. Lace up walking shoes with plenty of traction.

Wear bright and reflective clothing, and carry a flashlight or other light to stay visible. With fewer daylight hours and cloudy conditions, it is important to wear a high-visibility outer layer.