Third Sunday Stroll Cancelled

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Due to the Easter Holiday, the monthly Third Sunday Stroll is cancelled for April. Join us on May 21st as we  explore public art in the city.

The Third Thursday Walks have gone on hiatus.

Join Decatur Active Living for the 50+ Walks every Wednesday.

More information about walking in Decatur can be found at http://www.decaturga.com/walking.

Have a great weekend!

Move It Monday! Get Moving for a Cause

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Signing up for a walk, run or ride with a charity that you support is a fun way to commit to moving more. You’ll be able to offer your help to others and you may feel motivated to stick to your exercise regimen to meet your new challenge!

Find out which non-profits  are part of the Team Decatur Grand Prix series at http://www.decaturga.com/teamdecatur. Participate in four of the races in 2017 and receive a tech shirt and a medal at the end of the year. You will be supporting non-profits that support efforts right here in our City!

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.

Come Walk With Us!

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Decatur Active Living and the Pedestrian Committee of the Active Living Board invite you to walk with us this month!

Third Sunday Stroll
Sunday, February 19, 2 PM
Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center
Join us as we tour some of the artwork of the Decatur Box Project. We will walk approximately two miles around downtown Decatur and learn about the artwork on the electrical boxes that was commissioned by the Decatur Arts Alliance. Everyone is invited and there is no cost to join us for this event.

Fourth Thursday Bright at Night Walk
Thursday, February 23, 7:30 pm
New Start this month! Meet in front of Winnona Park School
The February 23 Bright at Night Walk will begin at 7:30 p.m. in front of Winnona Park School and will take walkers through the Winnona Park neighborhood, past the Children’s Home property and onto the campus of Columbia Theological Seminary. Walkers will receive a free light to wear and keep so they will “Be Safe and Be Seen!”

Decatur Active Living also has the weekly 50+ Walk every Wednesday at 10 am that starts in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and the monthly Walk With a Doc that meets the second Saturday of each month.

For more information on walking in Decatur, visit 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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Move It Monday!

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A fitness challenge might be exactly what you need to keep moving! Consider setting a fitness challenge, like increasing your walking or running speed. Having something specific to work towards can make exercise exciting again and fuel you with motivation.

For more information on being active and healthy, visit http://www.mondaycampaigns.org.

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.

 

 

It’s Walk-tober : Come Walk With Us!

There are lots of opportunities to walk with Decatur Active Living this month!

Walk With a Doc is held every Wednesday at 9 a.m. Meet us in front of the Decatur Recreation Center for a three mile walk. Sometimes we have a Doc and sometimes we don’t – we always walk! If it is raining, we can walk the elevated track in the gym.

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Third Sunday Walk is October 16th at 1:30 p.m. and features Mayor Patti Garrett taking us on her 10,000 steps walk that is featured in a Visitor’s Center brochure. . Meet in Harmony Park and be sure to bring a water bottle.

Fourth Thursday Bright at Night Walk will be held on Thursday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m. and is a Halloween themed walk! Walk by  homes decorated for the holiday as you meet new friends and get your walk on. The walk lasts approximately one hour. Be sure to wear something bright so you will “Be Safe and Be Seen.” Walkers will receive a special light to wear and keep. Feel free to dress in costume! Let’s have some fun.

 

 

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Last year’s October “Bright at Night” walkers