Parks and Recreation Month comes to an end!

Parks and Recreation Month is coming to an end but our programming continues on. Our last scheduled program for the month was our Wednesday Walks with a Special Guest. This week we had the pleasure of Mayor Garrett joining us to tell participants about Legacy Park and the future plans for the area. Legacy Park Caretaker – Doresy Nobles – led walkers through a tour of the beautiful Moore Chapel.

A sincere thank you to Mayor Garrett, Decatur City Commissioner Kelly Walsh, City Manager Andrea Arnold, and Active Living Board Member Jack Kittle for joining us for our Wednesday Walks in July. Participants enjoyed getting to know each special guest and learn more about each of the parks visited – Glenlake Park, Oakhurst Park, Hidden Cove, and Legacy Park.

Mayor Patti Garrett joins Active Living’s Walking group for Parks & Recreation Month

As part of our Park & Recreation Month festivities, Active Living’s Walking group will visit a local park and have a special guest for each walk. This week we were pleased to have Mayor Patti Garrett join us for our weekly walk around Glenlake Park. Want to hear more about the walk? Click here to read The Champion article.

Active Living’s walking group meets weekly on Wednesday at 9:00 am. All walks will begin and end at Decatur Recreation Center (231 Sycamore Street). No registration needed, just meet us at the rec!

Busy-Eyed Day Story Walk

Take a stroll along the story walk in McKoy Park to read, Busy-Eyed Day, by Anne Marie Pace. An excerpt from the book reads,

“See the world through fresh eyes with this lush and lyrical picture book. There are so many intriguing eyes out in the world…and so many amazing things for those eyes to see! From a big-eyed bug and a stalk-eyed slug to a side-eyed frog and a wide-eyed dog, the family in this book doesn’t miss a single sight during their busy-eyed day the park. This rhyming and richly illustrated picture book is a clever and unusual celebration of being observant and keeping an eye out for magic in the everyday world that surrounds us.”

The Busy-Eyed Day Story Walk is presented in partnership with DeKalb County Library. #ourparkandrecstory

July is Parks and Recreation Month!

Join Decatur Active Living to help us celebrate Park and Recreation Month and create a new park and recreation memory! Check out the calendar below and stay tuned for additional details.

Trails & Ales – Tuesday, May 27 at 6pm

Don’t miss out on our Trails & Ales program. Sign up now by contacting Sara Holmes at sara.holmes@decaturga.com.

Trails & Ales – Tuesday, May 27 at 6pm

Trails & Ales Returns on May 27

Where Will YOU Walk in April?

Spring Has Sprung! Let’s Get Outside

Walking Book Club
Our first book is Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult. For our first meeting, read pages 1-52  or until the Andrew  chapter. 

The walk will be easy and approx. 1-2 miles.   Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and be ready to walk at 9 am. Group size limited to eight. Registration and masks are required to keep COVID protocols. Group will meet every Saturday morning at 9 am.
Register here.

April Walk Challenge
Where will you walk in April? Complete the Walk Challenge Bingo and score a Walk There Decatur bandanna and a light to keep you seen at night.
Send completed bingo cards to Cheryl Burnette no later than May 1, 2021.

Third Friday Bike Ride
Join us on Friday, April 16th for a 6 mile ride around the city at a casual pace. Ride leaves from the front of the Decatur Recreation Center at 6:30 pm.  All levels of cyclists are welcome, however not recommended for children. Helmets and face coverings are required. For  more information contact Cheryl Burnette.

Free Yoga on the Square
Classes begin the week of April 12. Join us on Monday and Thursday mornings at 10 am and start your day off with a great stretch!  This is an all levels class taught by Cheryl Burnette. Class is limited to ten.Masks and registration are required. Register here

Wednesday Walks
Join us on Wednesdays at 9 am for this 2-3 mile walk around Decatur neighborhoods. Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and be ready to step out at 9 am. At this time, masks and registration are required. Contact Sara Holmes to register. 

New! Trails and Ales
On April 29 we will introduce a new program, Trails and Ales. We will begin and end our walk at Three Taverns Brewery. The cost is $25; participants receive a special Trails and Ales t-shirt and a pint after the walk. For more information contact Sara Holmes.

When it comes to fitting in your walk, get creative!

You don’t have to do your 30 minutes of daily physical activity all in one shot. Find creative ways to incorporate more walking into your normal routine.

Daily physical activity is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle, and it’s recommended that able-bodied adults get in at least 30 minutes of exercise—whether it be walking, jogging, running, weight training, or dance—five days a week.

But what if you don’t have a 30-minute block of time to spare? Well, you don’t have to do all your physical activity in one shot. Many times, it’s actually easier and more convenient to work in those low-intensity movements throughout the day. All it takes is a little creativity.

One of the best ways to boost your step count is to incorporate as much walking into your daily routine as possible. For example, when you’re out and about running errands, try parking farther away from the grocery store, veterinarian, shopping center, etc.; you’d be surprised how many steps you can accrue making this one tiny adjustment. A socially distanced walk with friends or family is another way to get moving. Use your next coffee date as another opportunity to get in extra steps.

Even shopping can be a source of physical activity. Save your online ordering for another week, and try going to the mall, where you can briskly move from store to store. And let’s say the weather is dark or damp or just dreary, well, there’s an easy solution — get your walk in at home. The next time you’re tidying up, preparing a meal, or streaming Netflix, consider taking an additional lap or two around the house. If you’re able to use your stairs without discomfort, go up and down a couple extra times.

This Monday, use your imagination and think about how you can effortlessly add more steps to your daily routine.