Take an Urban Walk

Take a walk around Decatur using the city’s landscape as your outdoor gymnasium.

  • Warm up with an easy 5 minute stroll.
  • Increase intensity for 5 minutes.
  • Do city block intervals for the next ten minutes: Alternate between a slower pace and a faster pace on each block. You can walk up on block at a slow pace, then cross the street and walk back at the faster pace.
  • Find a flight of stairs and walk up taking two steps at a time, then walk down. Continue for one minute.
  • Repeat the city block intervals.
  • Find a tree to support you and do 16 calf raises on each leg. Or if you don’t have a tree do both feet at once and practice balance.
  • Cool down with a 5 minute stroll.
  • When you get home, so some push-ups. If these are difficult, you can do them with your knees dropped or standing and pushing off of the wall.
  • Don’t forget to stretch!


From our friends at MoveItMonday.org:

Start your week with some chair yoga! Chair yoga can reduce the strain and stress on your joints, be done at home or in the office, and is highly adjustable for all poses.

Here are 3 easy positions to get you started.

Staying Active at Home: Yoga

Decatur Active Living will be sharing ways for you and your family to keep busy and active during this time. Enjoy!

With gym and yoga studios closing, you may wonder how you are going to stay active in your home. Luckily there are many Youtube videos to keep you moving.

I really like Yoga with Adriene. She has a variety of classes and explains the asanas (poses) so you can understand. Some of my fellow yoga instructors suggested videos by Fiji McAlpine   and Tracey Noseworthy.

Here is a relaxing Yin Yoga video by Kassandra that doesn’t need any props. A nice practice for stretching and stress release.

Do you have some favorite online videos? If so, please share in the comments.



Are You Ready to Start Walking?


From our friends at The Monday Campaigns:

Walking is a convenient exercise for individuals looking to incorporate more low-impact physical activity into their daily routine.

 Adopting a consistent walking routine is an important step towards an overall healthier lifestyle, but even an activity as straight forward as walking requires a little bit of planning.

First, set a daily or weekly walking goal that focuses on either distance, pace, duration, or some combination of the three. The US Department of Health and Human Services recommends able-bodied adults engage in at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week, so getting in around 30 minutes of walking a day, five days a week is a good goal to work towards.

Second, as with any new physical fitness routine, it’s crucial that you go at your own pace and aim for steady incremental progress. Dramatic changes don’t happen overnight, so trust the process, and help yourself stick with it by making your walks easily accessible.

Lastly, make sure you have the proper equipment and footwear. A high-quality pair of walking shoes with proper padding and enough space between your toes and the front of the shoe will make each step smoother. There are other features — an Achilles tendon protector, heel collar, gel or air midsole — that will ease the impact on the joints and reduce the chances of injury.

Walking Meditation today at Legacy Park! Shuttle from Decatur Recreation Center will start at 9:30am

Emory medical students present (1)

The Walking Book Club Begins Tomorrow!

Walking Book Club.final

Wheelchair Basketball at Ebster Gym!

Wheelchair basketball

Wheelchair Basketball

Let’s Run Decatur!

Decatur Active Living offers two new programs for both runners and those wanting to become runners.








Decatur Running Group
Thursdays, 6:30 pm
Let’s get moving Decatur! Meet at the Decatur Recreation Center on Thursdays at 6:30 pm and come run with us! If it is raining, we will run on the indoor track. Led by Active Living staff and Board member Mike Johnson.

Couch to 5K Running Group
Monday and Saturday
Have you always wanted to become a runner but intimidated to start on your own? Join staff from Decatur Active Living and Decatur Fire and work through a Couch to 5K program. At the end of the program, we will run in a local 5K together.

Runs are Saturdays at 8 am and Mondays at 6:30 pm. Meet at the Decatur Recreation Center. If it is raining, we will train on the indoor track. Free!

For more information, contact Sara.Holmes@decaturga.com.

What is a Bike Box?

Bike box info for web

A bike box is a green pavement marking installed at intersections to reduce conflicts between people bicycling and driving.

People bicycling can stop in the green box to await a green signal. People driving wait behind the green box for the signal to turn green. Bike boxes are especially helpful for bicyclists who are taking a left turn. They are safer getting in to the bike box as illustrated above.

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



Summer Sports Camps, Register Now!

Decatur Sports Camps 2020