Move It Monday: Strength Training with What You Have on Hand

If you’re just starting with a new strength-training regimen or trying to maintain a healthy weight, the last thing you want to think about is spending money on heavy weights and elaborate machinery. Exercise equipment can be expensive, cumbersome, and bulky, which is why it often ends up covered in cobwebs rather than sweat. But you don’t need a treadmill, weights, or a squat rack to build muscle at home; with a little creativity, you can fashion a number of household items into fitness gear.

Read more here.

Early Voting Begins Monday at Decatur Recreation Center

Early Voting will be held at the Decatur Recreation Center December 14 through December 20.

Monday- Friday: 7 am-7 pm

Saturday: 9 am-6 pm

Sunday: 12 pm-6 pm

Today is the First Day of Hanukkah

From NationalToday.com:

Hanukkah, which means ‘dedication’ in Hebrew, begins on the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar and usually falls in November or December. Often called the Festival of Lights, the holiday is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, games, and gifts. Learn more about the history here.

Some ways you can mark the holiday:

Make some Potato Latkes
You can make your own paper dreidel and learn to play the game
Watch a Menorah lighting in Boulder via Zoom tonight. Register here.

Stay safe and enjoy the holiday!

Graphic from Toronto.ca/covid19

Boost Your Mood with a COVID-friendly Walk

From our friends at MoveItMonday:

Even as COVID-19 requires us to take extra precautions when socializing with family, friends, and colleagues, you still have plenty of options when it comes to securing a walking partner. Walking is a key component of physical activity for all ages and abilities; and as many of us are spending more time indoors, a daily walk can be the perfect opportunity to get up from your chair and take in some fresh air.

Check out our tips for enjoying a safe partner walk.

Virtual Acting Classes, Register Now!

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Time to Bake: December 4 is National Cookie Day!

National Cookie Day is December 4 so get ready to refill your cookie jar. Maybe you prefer your cookies to have a crunchy snap, or maybe you’d rather bite into soft and chewy sugary heaven. Either way, baking and/or eating cookies makes us happy.

Did you know that in most English-speaking countries except for the United States and Canada, crunchy cookies are called biscuits?

Need some recipes to get you started baking?

Here is an recipe that claims to be the best chocolate chip recipe ever!

If you would like to make sugar cookies to decorate, here is an easy recipe we found.

What are your favorite recipes? Share some in the comments!

Enjoy Baking!

2021 RWTD 5K Poster(s) Unveiled

Artist Adam Pinsley has done it again – he has created another great poster for the annual Run With the Dogs 5k. Well, actually there are two! This year’s “dog of honor” is Milo, a very well behaved AussieOllie (part Australian Shepard and part border collie.) The poster was unveiled on Wednesday, with the artist, Milo and his family present.

Run with the Dogs 5K is an annual fundraiser of the Decatur Bulldogs Boosters and supports the athletic programs at Decatur High School and Renfroe Middle School.

The Boosters raise money annually to meet the needs of student athletes, including uniforms and equipment. These funds are used to support 685 student athletes on all 25 teams representing 14 sports at Decatur High and Renfroe Middle Schools.

The 5K run/walk race will be a bit different than previous years. Register now, and you can run the race any time between January 23 and 31, 2021. You can report your time through Chronotrack.  T-shirts and award pick up days will be Feb. 13 from 10 a.m.-noon and Feb. 14 from 2-3 p.m. The team is also working on a t-shirt pick-up during the race window for participants who register before Jan 4, 2021.

 Visit www.rwtd5k.com for more information and registration. All entry fees are non-refundable.

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.

Decatur Active Living Wins Awards!

Decatur Active Living won three awards from the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association. Awards were announced at the annual conference in October and were presented at the November 16th virtual City Commission meeting.

Sara Holmes, Adult Program Supervisor is the proud recipient of the prestigious Mike Daniel Award. The award is given to a professional that exemplifies excellence at the programming level. It is presented in memory of Mike Daniel, a leader in our field, who strived during his career for the highest level of achievement in programming. The award is reserved for individuals who have excelled in situations where they are primarily responsible for the supervision or implementation of recreation, parks or leisure programs.

Lee Goldsmith, volunteer at the Oakhurst Dog Park, won the Volunteer of the Year Award. This award recognizes volunteers whose efforts have had lasting effects on recreation and leisure programs. Lee has been a long-time champion at the dog park, and organizes work days to keep the park clean and safe.

Decatur Active Living won the Marketing and Visibility Publication Award for Online Media for the “Staying active during COVID” blog posts on BeActiveDecatur.com.

Bubble Soccer Comes to Decatur!

Register online at www.decaturga.com/webtrac