Move It Monday: Loosen Up Those Rusty Joints

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From our friends at MoveItMonday.org:

It may seem counter-intuitive, but the best way to manage and mitigate the symptoms of arthritis is by incorporating more movement — be it carefully — into your daily routine.

Arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that leads to inflammation, stiffness, swelling, and pain throughout the body and joints. The condition can be agonizing and disruptive, especially when trying to be physically active.

According to the Arthritis Foundation, when it comes to staying active with arthritis, initially approach workouts with a degree of caution and awareness, and consult a doctor or physician if you have any questions or uncertainties.

Whether you have arthritis, or simply suffer from the occasional achy joint, warm-ups, dynamic stretches, yoga, walking, and other low-impact exercises are your friends – just remember to limit your range of motion and pace yourself to reduce the risk of injury.

Check out our list of low-impact workouts and get moving this Monday.

Decatur Youth Council “Generational Jig” is February 29

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February is American Heart Month – Find Some Time to Walk Today!

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From our friends at the Monday Campaigns:

February is American Heart Month and we’re highlighting some of the positive impacts physical activity can have on your heart. Being more active can offer many benefits to your health. It can help reduce stress, build muscles, and increase your endurance. It can also boost your heart health! Walking is something many of us do every day, several times a day. When it’s done for more than 30 minutes a day, it can be a great exercise for people at almost any level of fitness. It’s the first Monday of American Heart Month, so find some time to walk today!

Find out more about the heart health benefits of walking.

Walking Book Club Starts March 7

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Toddler Open Gym, Come out and Play!

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Lil’ Kickers Soccer, Register Now!

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Show Us Where YOU Walk

Walk There! Decatur  

Show us where you walk and receive a free light!

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The City of Decatur, with its tree lined streets and more than 60 miles of sidewalks in 4.5 square miles, is a prime location for walking. WalkScore.com rates the City of Decatur as the most walkable city in Georgia with the highest walk score!

Take a photo of yourself or friends and family walking in Decatur and show us where YOU walk! Post the photo on social media and tag the photo with #iwalkdecatur #whereiwalk and @beactivedecatur; then show your post to the staff at the Visitors Center and receive a free Walk There Decatur! light so you can be seen when walking at night.

The Visitors Center is located at 113 Clairemont Avenue and is open Tuesday through Saturday. This promotion is from January until March, or until supplies last.

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Decatur Pickleball Social, Join Us!

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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!

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.