Destress Monday: Take a Walk on the Calm Side

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From our Friends at the Monday Campaigns:

You don’t always need heavy equipment or a gym membership to exercise. If you need to destress from work, school, or just life in general, take a walk. Walking can reduce your chances of problems with blood pressure, obesity, depression and heart disease long term.

Walking can be a group activity, too. That’s where the Monday Mile comes in. Grab some friends, family members, or co-workers and go for a 20-minute walk together. If you need more convincing, here’s why you should make this Monday’s activity a group walk:

Pick your partner: You have flexibility to choose your walking buddy, so ask anyone from your children to your grandparents. You and your parents can set the pace and intensity and still get reliable exercise.

You can go wherever you want: Schedule your 20-minute walk wherever works best for you, whether it’s at your office with co-workers or down the street with your family. Bonus points if you walk outside, which has been linked to reducing stress. Each location has their own challenges so that your walks stay fun, and your group can enjoy a variety of sites along the way.

Keep yourself motivated and social: Walking is more than just an chance to stay or get into shape. It’s a chance to catch up with people you care about and motivate each other to prioritize your physical and mental health. Staying social is a great way to relieve stress and you can use this time to discuss big life events with your walking partner(s).

Stay active: If you don’t have time or money for a gym membership, a 20-minute walk will keep your heart pumping and your brain focused. This is an opportunity for you and your group to stay active, and, if done consistently, walking is a great way to reduce long-term, stress-related health issues.

Download the free toolkit “Start a Monday Mile in your Community” today so that you can use the next Monday to get stress out of your life, make walking fun, and keep your bonds strong.

Third Friday Bike Ride is July 19

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Let’s ride!  Join Decatur Active Living staff for this fun, 6 mile ride around Decatur. We leave the Decatur Recreation Center at 6:30 pm and then go for refreshment after the ride.  This is a fun, slow paced, no-drop ride.

Wear a helmet and bring a water bottle.

NOT recommended for children. In case of rain, we will cancel via this blog.

For more information, contact Cheryl.Burnette@decaturga.com or 678-553-6541.

Move It Monday with a Mini Exercise

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From our friends at Move It Monday:

Happy #MoveItMonday!

You probably know you need to exercise. What you probably don’t know is how to squeeze the time it takes to exercise into your schedule. For the next four weeks, we’ll be taking a look at easy exercises you can do at work (or anywhere for that matter) that can be performed in very little time. Research shows that small bouts of exercise benefit your health, so check in every Monday for the next four weeks to learn about a new mini exercise you can try.

This week we’ll show you how to perform a Glute Stretch.

Free Football Skills Clinic Sunday, June 2nd

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Move It Monday: Fuel Your Workout With Music

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From our friends at Move It Monday:

Happy #MoveItMonday!

Music and exercise go together like peanut butter and jelly. Do you have a favorite workout playlist? If not, it’s worth putting one together. Exercising to music has some big, scientifically-proven benefits – here are just some of them.

TODAY – National Senior Health & Fitness Day. Celebrate with us as we “Live and Thrive with Exercise”!

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Time to Register for Summer Lacrosse Clinic for Girls

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Girls Lacrosse Camp, Register Now!

This is our first year offering Girls Lacrosse Camp,

Register Now!

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Girls Lacrosse Camp

Move It Monday: Practice Your Balance

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From our friends at Move It Monday:

If your exercise routine is solely made up of sweaty cardio sessions and weight lifting, you’re missing out on something major: A balance practice! A good sense of balance helps align your muscular system, which is important for stability.

So try these simple balancing moves today!

Stop by the Recreation Center for Bike to Work Day on Friday

To celebrate Bike to Work Day, Decatur Active Living will be providing a Bike Commuter Energizer station in front of the Decatur Recreation Center on Friday, May 17 from 7 – 9 am. Stop by and have some coffee, juice, breakfast goodies, Clif Bars and other goodies.

We will also have bike safety information, stickers and bike pins. Look for the orange tent!

Hope to see you tomorrow!