Halloween Walk is Thursday, October 25

Join Decatur Active Living for a Halloween Walk this Thursday, October 25, at 7:30 pm.

Update: Unless it is raining at 7:15 pm, the walk will still happen! Don’t let the threat of a few raindrops scare you off!

The walk will be led by members of the Active Living Pedestrian Committee and visit decorated homes in Decatur neighborhoods. All ages are welcome. Participants will receive glow sticks and necklaces so they can “Be Safe and Be Seen!” Feel free to wear your costume!

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Calling all Adorable Dogs….

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From our friends at Decatur Booster Club:

Do you have an adorable dog who needs his/her 15 minutes of FAME?

We are looking for the dog who will be the face of the race for the 2019 Run with the Dogs 5K.

 Contest Rules:

  1.  Register for the event at www.RWTD5k.com Applicants must be registered in order to win.
  2.  Post a photo of your dog to http://www.facebook.com/RWTD5k or on Instagram with the hashtag #RWTD5K and add a hashtag that best describes your lovable dog. Be sure to follow us on Instagram @RWTD5k.
  3.  Photos can be submitted through Oct 26th.
  4. We will narrow it down to 4 dogs and create a poll for the community to decide the Face of the Race!
  5. The “Top Dog” will be named on Monday Nov. 5th.

This event benefits Decatur High and Renfroe Middle School athletic teams by providing uniforms and equipment for over 850 athletes.  Come out and support the Bulldogs and send us your dog photos and they could be the NEXT face of Run with the Dogs t-shirts!

Come have some fun on Saturday, January 12th. We want you and your adorable dog to come support this event!

Third Friday Bike Ride: Light up the Night!

b180d397e6Join Decatur Active Living for the October Third Friday Bike Ride on Friday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m. This month’s theme is “Light up the Night!” and participants will receive free glow sticks, bracelets and necklaces. Be sure to have lights on your bike and wear something bright and/or reflective.

This month you will want to arrive early to visit with the GA Commute Options folks  who will be joining us from 5:30 – 6:30 pm with info and to get your glow goodies.

Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center. Wheels down at 6:30 pm. We will ride 6 miles and then retire to a local watering hole for refreshments. This is a  social paced no-drop ride. Not recommended for children.

Hop on your bike and join us! All are welcome.

 

International Walk & Roll Day is Wednesday: Drive Carefully

Wednesday is International Walk & Roll to School Day so be on the lookout for even more of our city’s schoolchildren walking and biking to school. Slow down and give children (and all pedestrians) the right of way.

In 2017 we had over 2400 children participating in grades pre-k through 8th grade, 60% of the enrollment. This year we expect even more children. If you are a parent, please encourage your child to walk or bike to school.

A special thanks to all of our school champions who encourage children to walk or bike to school. For more information about the program click here.

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Walking Past the Dead Tree Tour is October 13th!

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Move it Monday: This Monday, Ink it in!

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From our friends at Move It Monday

Exercise is vital to a healthy life. But, it can be difficult to make time for it with a busy schedule. This week we share some ideas to fit fitness into your daily routine. Motivate yourself this Monday to make time for a workout – and continue throughout the rest of the week.

Exercise guidelines recommend that adults get at least 150 minutes of exercise a week, how you break that up is up to you. Carve out a regular standing time with yourself for fitness and make an appointment. The reason? If you have it in your calendar, you’re more likely to be mentally prepared and show up. Entries like “Swimming” and “Monday Mile” should become regular dates to motivate you to get a move on.

  1. Start this Monday and stick to it throughout the week. When you start the week with fitness, research shows it’s easier to stay motivated and inspired the rest of the week. Schedule time to take a class, go swimming, ride a bike, or go for a Monday Mile. Commit to get moving every Monday.
  1. Small steps can lead to big changes. There are a million things to do every day, and sometimes it feels impossible to get it all done. Scheduling in short bursts of physical activity throughout the day can add up to make a big difference.
  1. Schedule a power lunch. If exercising in the morning or after work isn’t always possible, makeover your lunch hour. Schedule a mid-afternoon yoga class or do a mini-workout at your desk. If it’s nice out, plan a Monday Mile, it’s only 2000 steps and takes less than 20 minutes.

This Monday, make the time to fit fitness into your busy schedule and commit to stick with it throughout the week. For more exercise tips and support, follow us on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. We’d love to hear from you! Share your Move It Monday fitness successes.

Grab your Biking Friends and Form a Team for the Biketober Challenge

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Have you formed your team yet? The City of Decatur has a team of staff and friends, so why not form a team and see if you can win some prizes? All you have to do is ride for 10 or more minutes to log your ride. The more you ride, the more chances to win.

Your rides automatically sync if you use one of the cycling aps such as ride Report or Strava. Grab your friends and create your team here.

Destress Monday: Walk It Off

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From our friends at Destress Monday:

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.

For information about walking in Decatur, visit decaturga.com/walking.

Something for All Ages at Decatur Active Living!

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Did you know that the Playbook is not just for kids? We have a plethora of activities, classes and athletic opportunities for all ages. In addition to athletics, open gym, pickleball, volleyball, indoor soccer and table tennis, we offer a number of free classes, workshops and field trips for active adults and seniors.

Check out the new Fall Playbook  and join us to keep active in Decatur!

Check Your Bike Before Each Ride

An easy way to make sure your bike is in good working order is to do an ABC Quick Check.

Air: Be sure you have enough air in your tires
Brakes: Look to see that your brake pads are not worn
Chain and Cranks: Pull on your cranks to see that they are not loose and look to see that the chain is not rusted and it is free of gunk
Quick Release: Make sure all quick releases are closed
Check: Take a slow brief ride to check that your bike is working properly