Move It Monday: The Monday Mile

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The Monday Mile is a fun way to jump-start your week with a healthy dose of physical activity. Walk, jog or run the Monday Mile with friends, family and co-workers, and enjoy positive health benefits while socializing with others and making a commitment to stay fit throughout the week.

For information about running and walking in Decatur visit http://www.decaturga.com/activeliving.

Take a Walk With Decatur Active Living

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Third Sunday Stroll
This month’s stroll will be on Sunday, March 19 at 2pm. Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center for a stroll through downtown with members of the Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

 

Fourth Thursday Bright at Night Walk
Discover Decatur at night with a walk through the City. Walkers receive a free light to wear and keep to “Be Safe and Be Seen”. Meet in front of Decatur Recreation Center at 7:30 pm.

50+ Walks
Join Sara, our Adult Program Supervisor, for thees weekly walks. Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center at 10 am. Walks average 3 miles and travel through various parts of the City.

Walk With a Doc
These walks have moved to the second Saturday of the month and leave the Decatur Recreation Center at 10 am. Next walk is April 8.

For more information on walking in Decatur, visit http://www.decaturga.com/walking.

Move It Monday: Get Race Ready!

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Setting and achieving a fitness goal can also make exercising incredibly rewarding. The feeling of accomplishment and progress can bring a lot of joy to working out!

Join Team Decatur and make your goal four races to become a Grand Prix Champion! More information at http://www.decaturga.com/teamdecatur or contact Cheryl.Burnette@decaturga.com.

 

Healthy Monday: De-stress With Art

Looking at art can actually reduce stress. According to U.K. research, participants reported a decrease in high stress levels after a brief lunchtime visit to an art gallery. In fact, in an analysis of 15 studies, noted Neuroscientist Oshin Vartain explained that our brain automatically triggers pleasure and reward when viewing art. Experience this calming effect for yourself by viewing the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s interactive website.

You can also join Decatur Active Living for the 3rd Sunday Stroll – this month we will do a tour of the painted electric boxes in downtown Decatur. Walking and art- a great way to distress!

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Winter Walking Tips

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Practice Safe Winter Walking Habits

Be safe and be seen! Follow basic safety rules. Look both ways, cross at marked crosswalks, watch for traffic and pay attention to cyclists. Assume drivers can’t see you and proceed with caution on busy streets.

Share the Way. Be mindful of cyclists, runners, and other trail users. Walk on the right, and listen for bells and audible warnings.

Walk with friends or in places where there are other walkers, especially in the early morning and evening hours.

Start slowly and take it easy. Muscles warm up as you go. Adjust your pace for the weather conditions to decrease your chances of straining a muscle or taking a fall.

Make it Fun!

Meet friends at a park or walk site.

Warm your way with a thermos with hot chocolate or cider.

Use the time to learn about how things are different in the winter, such a how the trees look, what the color of grass it, which flowers grow in the cold.

Dress for the Weather

Dress in layers to stay warm. Don’t forget y9our mittens or gloves and a hat. You can lose 35% of your body hear through your head! Watch for icy spots along your route.

Pay extra attention to your feet. Wear warm socks with room for toe wiggling. Lace up walking shoes with plenty of traction.

Wear bright and reflective clothing, and carry a flashlight or other light to stay visible. With fewer daylight hours and cloudy conditions, it is important to wear a high-visibility outer layer.

 

Move It Monday!

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Walking is so simple that most people don’t even view it as real exercise, but it certainly is. While strength training and high intensity exercise burns lots of calories and gets the heart pumping, going for a brisk walk can be a very effective way to get in shape. It’s low impact and you can do it virtually anywhere for free!

For more information on staying fit and healthy visit http://www.mondaycampaigns.org.

 

 

Learn about Pedestrian Safety at the Concerts on the Square!

bright-at-night-artThe Pedestrian Advisory Committee of the Active Living Board will be at the Saturday Concerts on the Square all month to provide tips on being “safe at night”. Visit the orange Active Living tent for ideas, information and more!

We encourage you to walk or bike to the Concerts and be sure to wear something bright and/or reflective.

For more information on pedestrians visit decaturga.com/walking.

 

 

Fourth Thursday Walk is August 25

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Join members of the Active Living Pedestrian Committee for this monthly “Bright at Night” walk. Walkers are encouraged to wear bright colors or reflective clothing so you can “Be safe and Be seen!” Participants will also receive a small light to wear and keep.

Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and be ready to walk at 7:30 p.m. Walks are around 3 miles and wind through Decatur neighborhoods.

More information on walking can be found at decaturga.com/walking or contact Cheryl.Burnette@decaturga.com.

 

 

 

Move It Monday: Get Out and Walk

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Walking is the most underrated exercise, when it can actually be as good for you as running! Learn more about the benefits here.

Learn more about walking in Decatur at decaturga.com/walking.

Team Decatur Time!

decatur-kp-challenge-poster-2016-webJoin Team Decatur for the annual KP Corporate Run Walk 5K held in downtown Atlanta on Thursday, September 22, 2016. This is the last year that Team Decatur will participate so you won’t want to miss it! The City of Decatur has participated in the KP Corporate Run/Walk for five years and wants to make the 6th year the best yet!

Team Decatur members register online and join the “team”. All members who register will receive a special Team Decatur t-shirt to wear at the event in September, as well as join other members in the Team Decatur tent before and after the event. We will gather to celebrate our walk/run and enjoy food and beverages from local restaurants. This year we will have special surprises including a DJ and trophies! Decatur knows how to throw a party, and this will be no exception!  Register by August 31 to reserve the coveted t-shirt in your size. After that date, sizes cannot be guaranteed.

For information and to register visit kpcorporaterunwalk.com and be sure to search for Team Decatur in the list of Corporate Teams.
More information on Team Decatur can be found at decaturga.com/teamdecatur or contact Cheryl.burnette@decaturga.com; 678-553-6541.