Make it a Biketober and Walktober Weekend!

Gear up for an action-packed weekend with our Biketober and Walktober events!

Biketober Highlights:

  • Bikes & Brews: Friday Night! 🍻🚴‍♂️
    Join us for a thrilling cycling experience on Friday, October 6th, at 6:30 p.m. Meet in front of @guildjourneyman, 115 Clairemont Ave, and let’s hit the road together.
  • Saturday Ride: October 7th at 10 a.m. 🌞
    Embrace the morning breeze and scenic views on our Saturday ride. Get ready to pedal your way to a fantastic weekend!

Walktober Adventures:

  • Art Walk: October 8th at 2 p.m. 🎨
    Explore the artistic side of Decatur! Join us for an Art Walk on October 8th, starting at 2 p.m. Meet at the Community Bandstand on the Decatur Square. Co-sponsored by the Decatur Pedestrian Advisory Committee, these walks will be led by Angie Macon of the Decatur Arts Alliance.

Decatur Historic Cemetery Tour:

  • Second Sunday Tour: October 8th at 2:30 p.m. 🌳
    Don’t miss the last Second Sunday tour of the season at the Decatur Historic Cemetery! Hosted by Friends of Decatur Cemetery, these captivating tours happen every Second Sunday, May through October. Meet at the wellhouse/gazebo in the Historic Old Section at 2:30 p.m. for an enriching journey through history.

Get ready for a weekend filled with outdoor adventures, community spirit, and the beauty of Decatur!

Walktober!

Looking for a fun and rewarding way to embrace a healthier lifestyle? Look no further than Walktober, a celebration of all things walking!

Why Walktober?
Walking is not just a stroll in the park; it’s a journey to better health, both physically and mentally. As we step into October, join us in making walking a daily habit. The benefits are numerous and impactful:

  1. Physical Fitness: Walking is a low-impact exercise that’s suitable for all fitness levels. It helps improve cardiovascular health, enhance endurance, and maintain a healthy weight.
  2. Mental Well-Being: Enjoy the therapeutic effects of a leisurely walk. It’s proven to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, leaving you feeling refreshed and revitalized.
  3. Connection with Community: Walking brings people together. Whether it’s a stroll with neighbors or a walk in a local park, it fosters a sense of community and belonging.
  4. Creativity Boost: Need to clear your mind? Walking has been linked to increased creativity. Take a walk, let your thoughts flow, and see the ideas bloom.

Walktober Bingo: Fun, Fitness, and Prizes!
To add an exciting twist to your walking routine, participate in our Walktober Bingo challenge. Here’s how it works:

  1. Pick up a Bingo Card: Visit any of our three recreation centers to grab your Walktober Bingo Card. It’s your roadmap to a month of walking adventures! Or print the card off from this post.
  2. Complete the Challenges: Each square on the Bingo Card presents a unique walking challenge. Explore your neighborhood, parks, and trails while ticking off the activities.
  3. Capture the Moments: Take pictures as you complete the spaces.
  4. Submit for a Chance to Win: Completed the card? Share your pictures with us and get entered into a raffle to win one of five exclusive Decatur 200th Birthday Swag Bags. It’s a celebration, and you could be a winner!

Join the Walktober Movement!
Walktober is more than just a month-long event; it’s a commitment to a healthier, happier you. Lace-up those walking shoes, embrace the beauty of fall, and step into a new level of well-being.

The Benefits of Walking!

Here at Decatur Active Living we love walking and seeing as how it’s Walktober we thought we’d share some benefits of walking from our friends over at Clarity Fitness. We got together with Abbey Griffith, owner and founder of Clarity Fitness and below are her thoughts on the wonderful benefits of walking!

Abbey Griffith
Owner, Founder, NASM CPT Clarity Fitness

As a Certified Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor, Gym Owner, and Eating Disorder Recoveree, I know that there is no one “best”, “right”, or “ideal” workout. What you do to workout, how long it lasts, the intensity, where it is, and so many other factors truly come down to what will be sustainable, flexible, and fun for you! You’ll not only find it easier to incorporate movement into your life longterm, but it won’t be something you dread and feel you “have” to do. Movement will be an act of kindness and respect for your body.

Let’s talk about walking. Walking in itself is an absolute blessing, privilege, and gift. To be able to stand our entire bodies over two tiny flaps of bone and muscle (feet), then coordinate our incredible bodies over top of them while propelling ourselves forward to where we want to go? Wow! For those who can’t walk, don’t worry, your body is just as phenomenal. Think about what all goes into reading this article – the neurons firing, your eyes tracing along these words, the cognitive behavior of processing the information – can we all agree that our bodies are beyond incredible?

Now that we’ve locked in gratitude for the vessels that will take us through our entire lifetime, let’s explore how we can treat them with the respect they deserve in regards to movement. Exercise is a tool to work with, not against, the body. It is our right to play with different types of movement and explore what brings light into our lives. Be it walking, dancing, lifting, running, climbing, swimming, etc. – it is movement, and it is enough. 

I so regularly hear people beating themselves up because they “should’ve” worked out harder, longer, or in a different way. Critical and scientifically untrue comments like, “I went on a walk, but my friends ran – they did so much better than me”, or “I only walked today – I’ll have to go for a run tomorrow”. 

Both running and walking are excellent forms of exercise, but it’s time to give walking the credit it deserves. Functional movement means that a movement is found in your regular day to day motions. Think about sitting down and standing up at your desk – a squat! Or bending over to pick up a pen you dropped – a deadlift! The most functional movement of all for the many of us who get around throughout our day to day this way – walking. A study on “Walking versus running for hypotension, cholesterol, and diabetes mellitus risk reduction” states that, “Equivalent energy expenditures by moderate (walking) and vigorous (running) exercise produced similar risk reductions for hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes, and [coronary heart disease].” In essence, running is not “better” at defending against major health complications than walking, especially if you would much rather walk.

Walking is also a great option for injury prevention, as running without appropriate shoes, progression, training, stretching, and recovery can more easily lead to injury than doing so in a walk (although also risky!). If you’re interested in or love running, go for it! However whether you’re walking or running, we always recommend form checks from a Certified Personal Trainer or Physical Therapist to keep you safe and feeling your best.

Last but not least, movement and mental health must be clearly connected. If running causes you anxiety, you dread your workouts on cardio day, or you just really love walking but feel like it’s not a “good enough” workout, explore that with a Health at Every Size, Eating Disorder Informed, and/or Body Positive Mental Health Provider or Personal Trainer. It is incredibly important to tailor movement around what works for you and your body on any given day, and it’s allowed to change regularly. 

Now, go play!