Is exercise the best medicine?


walkingThe government’s physical activity guidelines recommend getting at least 2½ hours a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, or one hour and 15 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, such as jogging. If you’d like the support of a group for this, come join us weekly on Wed @11am for Walk With a Doc. We all walk together for 1, 2, or 3 miles, we vote on the route, and the guest Doc joins us to chat and answer any questions you might have. It’s full of sightseeing, camaraderie, learning new things, and yes exercise…which is the objective. Walking really does work, so see you out there! Meet in the Rec Center lobby; bring a water bottle and maybe a sun visor for warm sunny days. You can also earn a pedometer, t-shirt, or umbrella for walking with us.

Physical activity may be as effective as medications for preventing early death in some people who’ve had heart attacks or strokes, a new study suggests. USA Today reports on it here…

Programs for Active Adults This Fall

Greetings active blog readers, This is Tracie and I’ve joined the team to bring you more active programs, activities, and enrichment for adults. We are preparing our fall programs and surveying our residents to see what their interests are, so feel free to comment if you see something you like or have ideas for us!

Preview of ideas for the fall include:

  • Walk With a Doc: a weekly walk about town with an expert featuring, orthopedists, veterinarians, firefighters, EMTs, registered dieticians, ophthalmologists, master gardeners and more.
  • Simply Delicious Cooking Classes:  local chefs from our partners at the Wylde Center teach and prepare healthy meal ideas and revisit classic techniques like canning, freezing, fermented foods, and seasonal harvests. 
  • Activities for Red Hatters and Active Adults Social Club: hula hoops, Nutrition 101, healthy food demos, talks, open houses and more from our partners at Good Measure Meals, Team Decatur, Solarium, Dekalb Board of Health, American Federation of the Blind, and
  • Cycling Traffic Skills 101: designed to teach competence and confidence in city cycling (with LCIs from the League of American Bicyclists)

Daytime and evening programming for adults exists currently at the Decatur Recreation Center, so be sure to check online to see ALL that we currently offer. Examples are ballroom dancing, karate, fencing, aikido, table tennis, and zumba. And yes, this is me below, I bike to work daily and look forward to staying active with YOU!


Take the National Walking Survey

Ever wonder where “they” get information on who walks, how often and why? From people like YOU who take a few minutes to fill out surveys like the National Walking Survey; you can help America Walks learn more about who walks, and why.

 The National Walking Survey  results will help walking advocates understand what motivates avid walkers, and what keeps others from walking more. Once the data is analyzed, America Walks will tell you what they’ve learned to help promote walking in America. Take a few minutes to be a part of the survey.