Healthy Monday: Tune In, Tone Up


Make the most of TV time by adding exercise.
Use weights and resistance bands while watching, or get off the couch during commercials for cardio activities like running in place and jumping jacks.

Even if you only watch a few shows a week, you’ll be adding a good bit of exercise to your routine!

Try a workout routine during your favorite shows this week.

You can even choose different routines for different shows, or use each commercial break to try and beat your last record!

For tips on staying healthy, visit


Enjoy Your Weekend in Decatur

sunnyWow- the weather is predicted to be 70 degrees this Saturday. Here are some fun activities to enjoy over the weekend.

The Annual Run With the Dogs will be held in the morning. You don’t need to have a dog to run or walk in this event that benefits the Decatur Booster Club. It is also the first in the Team Decatur Grand Slam Fitness Challenge. We will be honoring last years Grand Slam Fitness Champions after the race. A side note – the race is subtitled “Frostbite 5K” but that will not apply this year! One year we actually had to cancel it as the course was covered in ice and snow!

There will be an Intro Group Riding Skills Clinic for adults  beginning at Glennwood Elementary at 1:30pm. This ride is about 5 miles and you will learn bike skills as well as “rules” for riding in a group.

Visit one of the many parks or greenspaces in the city. Children can enjoy the playgrounds and grown-ups can work out on the adult exercise equipment at Glenlake Park.

Tennis players may want to drop in at the Glenlake Tennis Center for Adult Drills on Sunday from 9:30 to 11am. Only $10 for Decatur residents. Players of all levels are welcome.

Stop by the tourism tent on the Old Courthouse Square and pick up a Walking Tour Brochure. Select the tour that suits you the best and enjoy walking around Decatur. Be sure to stop at one of our many fine restaurants and get a cool beverage or snack to enjoy after the walk.

Table Tennis fans can enjoy their sport at Beacon Hill Center on Sunday from 10am until 1pm. Free to Decatur residents. Beacon Hill is located at the corner of West Trinity Place and Electric Avenue. Beginners to advanced players are welcome.

Take a stroll either day through the Historic Decatur Cemetery. Pick up a Walking Tour Brochure from the Cemetery Office or City Hall or download it here.

Pick up a Bicycle Suitability Map and ride through the scenic streets of Decatur. Maps are also availabe at Decatur Tourism, City Hall and the Decatur Recreation Center front desk.

Above all, have fun and stay active in Decatur this weekend!

Healthy Monday: Make the First Move

Regular physical activity benefits every part of your body and can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes and more. While it’s recommended that adults engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each week, every bit is better than nothing! It’s important to start moving and gradually increase intensity and duration.
Start strong this week by adding activity whenever possible. It can be as simple as walking while on the phone, parking at the end of the lot, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Write down this week’s moves and think of ways to build on them.

From Olympian Jeff Galloway, organizer of the Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk that Team Decatur participates in:

What goal will help you stay motivated for this next year?  Getting started, a longer distance, a faster time, a great trip?  Join Olympian Jeff Galloway at Phidippides-Ansley Mall on Thursday, December 29, as he offers some suggestions to help you enjoy running more and stay injury-free.  Over the years, Jeff has helped over a million runners through his retreats, running schools, seminars, Training Programs, Ecoaching and books.   In addition to being the Race Director for the Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk, he is the founder of Phidippides, a Runner’s World columnist and the author of 21 books on running and walking.

Top 10 Motivating Goals for 2012 

 5:30-7 p.m. – Booksigning/Meet & Greet

6:30 p.m. – Weekly run/walk from Phidippides/refreshments

7-8 p.m. – Clinic/Q&A 

* Ask your questions–Jeff has answers!

* Register to win a Free Trip to the Athens Marathon (Greece in 2012) drawing.

* Draw prizes include free tuition/lodging for a Jeff Galloway Beach Retreat.

* Galloway Training Program Directors will be on hand to answer questions, plus Jeff and Barbara’s friend Maria from Greece will be there to talk with you about trips to the Athens Marathon (November) and Rome Marathon (March).