Move It Monday: Get Out and Walk

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Walking is the most underrated exercise, when it can actually be as good for you as running! Learn more about the benefits here.

Learn more about walking in Decatur at decaturga.com/walking.

Third Sunday Stroll is This Sunday, March 20

Explore the headwaters of Glenn Creek and Glenn Creek Nature Preserve.

untitledDecatur Active Living and the Pedestrian Advisory Committee invites the community to join us for the March Sunday Stroll on Sunday, March 20. This month’s walk will be led by Neil Norton. Join us as we explore the headwaters of Glenn Creek. This walk is 2.37 miles and will take us through this beautiful and sometimes challenged watershed and will include going through the Glenn Creek Nature Preserve.

The walk begins at the Decatur Recreation Center at 2 p.m. Bring your camera and take some great nature photos!  For more information contact Cheryl.Burnette@decaturga.com.

Third Thursday Walk is February 25: New Start Location This Month

ar12502569298365Our Bright at Night walk this month takes us to the Oakhurst district.  Instead of our normal meeting place at the Decatur Recreation Center we will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the newly renovated Harmony Park (Located at the intersection of Oakview Road and East Lake Drive.)  We will walk for about an hour along the charming streets of this South Decatur neighborhood. Participants will receive a free Bright at Night light!

Harmony Park is located at the intersection of Oakview And Mead Roads in the Oakhurst business district. Thanks to the Pedestrian committee of the Active Living Board for coordinating this walk.

For more information on walking in Decatur, click here.

Healthy Monday (On Tuesday!)

15 minutes a day

Walk the track at the Decatur Recreation Center.

Join us for one of our Active Living walks.

Take a bike ride.

Do some yoga.

Have FUN!!

Decatur Receives Walking Superstar Award

 

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The City of Decatur was honored by PEDS at the 20 Years Strong – Salute the Walking Superstars Celebration held on January 26 at the Wrecking Bar.

Decatur was among four recipients of the new Walking Superstars Award and was recognized for “Activating the Streets” through  Transit Oriented Development in the downtown area, having places and activities worth walking to as well as people friendly public spaces and for our highly successful Safe Routes to School Program. These programs and similar projects that focus on encouraging healthy, active lifestyles and support walking, cycling and public transit represent our community’s 30 year commitment to Smart Growth principles.

Midtown Alliance, Micheal Dobbins and the Livable Centers Initiative were the other recipients. Click here for more information on PEDS.

Decatur is also a Silver level Walk Friendly Community. For more information on walking in Decatur, visit www.decaturga.com/walking.

Healthy Monday: Take a Long Walk

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For more tips on staying healthy, click here.

For information on walking opportunities in Decatur, DecaturGa.com/walking

 

Take an Urban Walk To Stay Fit

Tackling the urban jungle can be fun while also  providing you fitness. Use the city landscape as your outdoor gym for a toning circuit walk.

  • Warm up with an easy 5 minute stroll.
  • Increase intensity for 5 minutes.
  • Find a bus stop or bench and do one set of tricep dips.
  • Do city-block intervals for the next 5 minutes. Alternate between a slower pace and a faster pace on each block.
  • Find a flight of stairs. Walk up, taking two steps at a time, pushing through your foot as if you were doing lunges. Walk down. Then repeat for one minute.
  • Perform another cycle of city-block intervals for 5 minutes.
  • Find a bench, tree or wall and perform standing pushups for one minute.
  • If energy and time permit, do one more cycle of city-clock intervals for 5 minutes.
  • Find a tree, pole or wall to support yourself and do one set of calf-raises on each leg.
  • Cool down with an easy stroll for 5 minutes.
  • Enjoy your final stretches.

Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. Listen to your body. If you begin to feel overheated, slow down the pace and drink more water. Or come on over the Dectur Recreation Center and try this walk on our indoor walking track. Treat each lap as a city block and get moving!

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Information above  from “The Walking Deck” by Shirley Archer.

 

Put Down Your Cell and Do Some Mindful Walking!

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Take a walk and begin to notice the things around you. You will be surprised at all the things you discover when you put the cell down and take notice. It is also safer to walk with awareness!

Healthy Monday: Walk Tall

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For more tips on health and nutrition visit http://www.mondaycampaigns.org.

Healthy Monday Reset: Walk All Week

 

Walk All Week

 

If you need some help getting started, join our Walk With a Doc group every Wednesday at 10:00 am. Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and have a fun walk with lots of nice folks. For more information contact tracie.sanchez@decaturga.com.

The Pedestrain Advisory Committee leads Walk There! Decatur the Second Sunday of the month at 2 pm and the Fourth Thursday of the month at 7:30pm. For more information click here.