Embrace the Season of Change

From our friends at the MondayCampaigns:

The pandemic has altered daily life for people across the country, and things will likely continue to change in the days, weeks, and months ahead. But change can be a powerful motivator, especially when it is thrust upon you without warning or notice. 

As summer fades into fall, start thinking about how you can embrace change and use it as a positive source of inspiration. Start the week on the right sneaker by getting your cool-weather exercise gear in order; if you’re feeling stress or overwhelmed, take a mindful walk through nature and pay extra close attention to all the sights, sound, and smells of the outdoors.

Fall is here, and that means hot apple cider, horror movies, and a lot more flannel; but the changing of the season also means new opportunities for outdoor activities.

Here’s how you can embrace the season and stick to your #MoveItMonday routine.

Dance Your Way to Better Fitness

From our friends at #MoveItMonday:

We dance to celebrate; we dance to express ourselves; but we can also dance to improve our conditioning and to get into better shape. Dancing — whether it be hip-hop, tango, or jazz —is an excellent form of aerobic exercise that’s easy to do and accessible to all ages, abilities, and fitness levels. Even the US Department of Health and Human Services is on board, citing dancing as a useful way to help meet the physical activity guidelines for aerobic activity.

Plus, if you work on your skills, you’ll be able to impress friends and family at the next shindig. 

Read more here.

Not sure where to start? Try this Dance Workout for Dummies on YouTube.

Move it Monday: Tune in to Tone Up

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From our friends at MondayCampaigns.org:

Even when we can’t get moving in the company of others, we can still exercise “together.” Numerous services exist that can bring your favorite fitness class — HIIT, spin, yoga, Zumba, kickboxing, dance — to your computer monitor, television screen, or smart phone. Many of them offer their tutorials, videos, and guided workouts at no cost or as part of a free trials, while others might require a monthly fee.

And we’ve got a list of them  below. Use this Monday to reconnect with your old workout buddies, join a new fitness family, or experiment with some different types of exercise — Zoom dance party anyone?
Click here for our favorite online group fitness classes.

Why not support a local business?

  • Decatur Healing Arts offers online streaming classes in Yoga, Qi Gong and more.
  • Body & Brain Yoga has a variety of classes.
  • Check out a barre class in the comfort of your home at Pure Barre Decatur.
  • FitWit offers online coaching and online fitness for children.
  • Rosalie at To the Beat Fitness offers free classes for seniors: Online Zumba Gold and Senior Fitness. There are other classes as well that you can pay for. She even offers an online Zumba Kids birthday party.

Let us know if you hear of others.

#stayactivedecatur

Move It Monday: Fun Family Fitness

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From our friends at #MoveItMonday

The sound of the wind rustling through branches, the sight of moss crawling over tree stumps, the sweet smell of fallen leaves after a fresh rain: There’s magic in the woods… but you’ve got to go find it.

Make this Move it Monday an afternoon of exploration with a family nature walk and scavenger hunt through the forest, public park, or even your backyard. Children of all ages are drawn to the adventure and endless intrigue of the outdoors, but incorporating a scavenger hunt will keep them moving and engaged (and well behaved).
Don’t know where to start? Click here.

Move It Monday: Weekend Walks

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From our friends at #MoveItMonday!

Walking isn’t just a weekday activity. Weekends are a great time to go for a walk. For starters, you don’t have things like work and picking up / dropping off the kids consuming huge chunks of your day.

You also have the time to go for a walk at location that isn’t near your home or office.

See our ideas for a weekend walk.

Move It Monday: Reach for Better Posture

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Good posture helps you maintain correct form while exercising, which results in fewer injuries and greater gains! Working on balance can strengthen your abilities in tennis, golf, running, dancing, skiing, walking – and just about any other sport or activity. The good news: You can improve your posture with a few simple exercises.

Read more about the benefits of improving your posture and some tips on how to do so here.

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.

Healthy Monday: “Checkout” Your Abs

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As we move about our lives we often find ourselves spending time waiting in lines. Use this downtime to do a mini ab workout to strengthen your core! Check out these simple exercises to stay active throughout the day.

Move It Monday: Sneak in a Little Exercise

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Too busy to exercise? Studies show that short bouts of exercise several times a day can help you fulfill, and even go beyond the federal guidelines for physical activity. Read more information  at http://www.moveitmonday.org/short-bouts-exercise/

 

 

Move It Monday: Free Workouts at Home

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You may also just want to take walk. Come by Decatur Recreation Center and walk or run on our elevated track. It’s free too!

For more information visit http://www.moveitmonday.org/8-cheap-ways-exercise/