Healthy Monday: Get Out and Just Go!

DSC08846Outdoor activity may provide more benefits than staying inside.

In a recent study, those who exercised outside reported a more enjoyable experience and left feeling more energized and less tense. Getting out into nature can also help you revitalize and ramp up your routine! Make the most of your exercise routine by enjoying the outdoors this week.

Bring one of your favorite indoor activities outdoors! You can try running, biking, swimming, even yoga. Or use this opportunity to try a completely new activity.

For more information on keeping healthy, follow Healthy Monday’s Facebook Page here.

Walkers Wanted!

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Do you enjoy walking? Then double your walking fun by assisting with the Glennwood or Clairemont Elementary School’s Safe Routes to School Program. Children love to walk to school and we have a group of children from both schools that need additional adults to accompany them on their Wonderful Wednesday morning walks. The number of children is growing so the more adults we have walking with the group, the more fun and safer for everyone.

Not only is the walk good exercise for you and the children, but the children arrive at school with their minds and bodies prepared for the school day. You will enjoy them and their enthusiasm!

We walk every Wednesday morning, but you can help out as little or as much as fits into your schedule. To volunteer or get more information contact Lisa Coronado at lisamauldin@att.net.

New “Wonder Drug” – Walking!

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From Everybody Walk:

“Researchers have discovered a “wonder drug” for many of today’s most common medical problems, Bob Sallis, MD, family practitioner, Kaiser Permanente in Fontana, Calif., told a packed room of leaders at the Every Body Walk! 2013 Walking Summit, held October 1–3, 2013 in Washington, D.C. “The drug is called walking,” Sallis announced. “Its generic name is physical activity.”

Increased levels of walking and physical activity can bring other social benefits too, said authorities from the fields of medicine, public health, education, community development, urban planning and social policy at the Walking Summit.”

New York Times agrees too and in fact suggests brisk walking is most effective. Read their take here: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/04/why-a-brisk-walk-is-better/?_r=1&

So let’s all make an effort to walk more. And if you need a buddy to get started, we have a dozen or so walkers who walk weekly in a group at the recreation center or around downtown and the neighborhoods; drop in anytime for free. Walk With a Doc, Wed @11am.

Need to go to the library? Soccer or Basketball game? Walk There!

Run to the post office or CVS? Make it fun and Walk There!

Wear your pedometer, or just make a game of counting your steps.

Walk There Decatur- It’s closer than you think!

What Are You Doing This Weekend?

Here are some fun ideas:

Run for Justice 5K is  last qualifying race in the Team Decatur Grand  Slam Fitness Challenge andand will be held tomorrow morning at 9 am in Oakhurst. Walk up registration is allowed. Click here for information.

Friday Night, the Decatur Arts Alliance is holding an ArtWalk with 17 participating locations from 5-9 pm all around Decatur. Information is here.

Do you like Contra Dancing? The Chattahoochee Dancers are holding their annual event at the Decatur Recreation Center this weekend. Information is here.

Want to learn about group bike rides? Join Mike for the monthly Intro to Group Riding Skills Clinic. Meet at 1:30 pm at Glenwood Elementary School Parking lot and go on a 5 mile ride after some instruction. All levels are welcome. Helmets are required.

The Decatur Wine Festival is Saturday, but if you don’t have a ticket, you are out of luck. The event is sold out. But don’t worry, there will be entertainers around town participating in Sidewalk Saturdays.  Take a stroll and enjoy FREE entertainment.

Visit a park or greenspace.

Take a ride around the neighborhood.

Get out your chalk and decorate the sidewalk in front of your home.

Meet some neighbors by strolling the neighborhood.

Make bubble mix and go outside and blow bubbles with the children.

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Active Adult Programs Survey

Active Adult Programs Survey

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Feeling steamy? Want more ways to move indoors? Take our 6 question survey above and tell us which activities sound good to you, should only take you 2 minutes! Thanks in advance and look to see some of these this Fall at the Decatur Active Living Center.

 

 

 

 

 

Did You Know? Walking Keeps You Young

One of the easiest ways to keep off extra weight, keep your mind sharp and stimulate an energetic, youthful appearance is walking. Find out why we are made to move–no matter your age. Also, discover how walking may ease cancer-related fatigue and why it’s time to throw away your scale!

Throw Away That Scale!!

From Everybody Walks!

The Evolution of Walking

Walking is a great form of exercise and relatively free once you buy some good, supportive shoes.

From Everybody Walk:

School is back in session, so there’s no better time than now for a quick lesson about walking. See how the human body is designed to move–and how modern-day conveniences are slowing us down. Plus, how important is your big toe?

Did you know that the  City of Decatur has been designated as a Walk Friendly Community?

Healthy Monday: Walk Awhile

Over 60% of adults don’t achieve the recommended amount of movement: 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week. Walking for just 22 minutes each day can help you reach the aerobic activity recommendation. Plus it’s easy to fit in on your commute, during your lunch break or while you’re running errands!
 
Fill in your fitness gaps this week by adding walking to your routine. Find twenty minutes or more each day and try a few sessions at a faster pace.

Helpful Links for Runners and Walkers

Training for your first 5K:  Overcoming Obstacles, article on AJC about training

Training for your First 5K: Six Tips for Training in the Heat, especially helpful in Georgia!

How to do the Run/Walk Method, good for those just starting out and for those who are looking for a different training method

Better Running Through Walking, based on Jeff Galloway’s methods

Six Tips for Walking a Race, for those of us who will probably walk most of the 5K

Decatur Running Routes , 10 Decatur routes that include elevation, developed by Decatur runners

Have fun, stay active, and be safe!

And if you haven’t yet joined Team Decatur, read all about it here.

Winter Walking

Keep enjoying the outdoors even when the weather is cold. Exercising in cold weather burns more calories because your body works harder to stay warm. Be sure to protect yourself from the elements.

  • Check with your healthcare provider if you have heart disease, diabetes or asthma as exercising in cold weather may be too stressful for you.
  • Wear thick socks, gloves, and a hat. Use sunscreen to protect your skin, even on overcast days. The sun’s rays can pass through clouds.
  • Dress in layers of comfortable, technical fabrics. Wear a turtleneck made from wicking material as your inner layer to draw moisture away from your body. As a middle layer, wear lightweight fleece that traps warm air. For a top layer, wear a breathable waterproof fabric.
  • Allow more time – up to 10 minutes – for a gradual warm-up.
  • If your hands or feet feel numb, return indoors.
  • Do your final stretches indoors, where it is warm.

Winter walking tips from The Walking Deck by Shirley Archer, and published by Chronicle Books.