Move It Monday: Stretch for Flexibility

 

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Flexibility influences all other forms of exercise. Most importantly, better flexibility makes every-day activities easier, from getting out of bed to walking up stairs to reaching a high cabinet.

Try these 3 stretches to improve mobility and reduce risk of injury.

Move It Monday: Practice Your Balance

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Exercise is more than just aerobics and strength training. Balance is a lesser acknowledged component of physical fitness, but it is an essential element that can dramatically reduce your risk of injury. Good balance makes everyday activities easier, but it also benefits body awareness, coordination, joint stability, reaction time, and general long-term health.

Try these exercises to feel more stable.

Youth Virtual Classes, Register Now!

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Virtual Classes

Athletics Offers Conditioning Videos: For Youth By Youth

We know the community misses the youth sports programs that Decatur Active Living offers during “normal” times. However,  just because there are no youth sports doesn’t mean that you can’t practice drills, enhance your skills or engage in body and mind conditioning.

The Athletic staff will be posting a series of videos on the webpage to assist you with staying active and keeping your athletic skills sharp. Here is our first one:

 

These videos are created BY YOUTH: FOR YOUTH.  The above video features Luke Brooks, Ramah Elmahdi and Alden Daniels

If you are interested in being part of a video, please email Stacy.Green@decaturga.com

Move It Monday: Mindful Walking

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From our friends at the Monday Campaigns:

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.

Take a Breath-Awareness Walk

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From The Walking Deck:

Our breath powerfully links body and mind – an unconscious process that can be made conscious. Deep breathing balances body mind, and spirit. Blending your walk with deep-breathing exercises is natural and restorative.

  • Find a comfortable pace
  • Draw attention to your breath
  • Make no effort to change it, simply observe as you breathe in and out.
  • Notice your belly and torso expanding, and feel the breath as it moves in and out of your nostrils.
  • Repeat to yourself: I am breathing in, I am breathing out….
  • With each exhale, imagine that any tension you are holding is pouring out; let go of all the things you no longer need.
  • With each step, feel your shoulders growing lighter as you let go.
  • Imagine your heart opening, embracing what is new and now able to enter into your life.
  • Enjoy feeling lighter, clearer, and more refreshed when you are finished.

 

Don’t forget to sign up for our June Walkathon! Complete the walkathon to receive a Walk There Decatur bandanna.

Move It Monday – Dance your way to happiness!

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Want to have fun and still get some cardio? We recommend a little boogie-woogie. This Monday, dance to improve your mood, your heart, and your life!

No matter what kind of dance you do – swing, waltz, tap, modern – when you dance, you move your arms and legs and strengthen your core. This adds up to great cardio, which means weight management, a stronger heart and lungs, and reduced stress.
Click here to learn all the physical and mental benefits of dancing.

Coming Soon…Videos for Youth by Youth

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We know that the community misses the youth sports programs that Decatur Active Living offers during “normal” times. However, just because there are no youth sports doesn’t mean that you can’t practice  drills, enhance your skills or  engage in body and mind conditioning.

In the coming weeks, our Athletic staff will be posting a series of videos on our website to assist you with staying active and keeping your athletic skills sharp.

These videos are created  By Youth: For Youth. You may just see one of your friends or teammates leading a video!

#stayactivedecatur

There is Still Time….

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There is still time to complete the Virtual Bike Month checklist and get your I Bike Decatur bandanna.

We will mail it to you as soon as we get your email. Be sure to send in your address!

We hope you have enjoyed this activity; be on the look out for our June Walk Challenge.

Decatur Active Living wants you to #stayactivedecatur!