Okay, let’s admit it. Most of our “New Year resolutions” are going downhill. It’s been a month since we decided to be more fit this year, and we are still struggling to get that healthy routine into an actual routine, and of course we are struggling! It’s a lot easier to sit on the cozy couch this winter with a hot cup of coffee or tea, cuddling with our warm blankets and loving dogs – and they love us for it; but they would also love it if we included them in some fun of getting more healthy and fit; and if we admitted it, we know that we need a friend to motivate us. Here are three ways your dog can help you stay healthy and fit:
Involving your dog in being healthy and fit will cause you to think of its health as well. Focusing on caring for your pet’s health will motivate you to think of yours. The more you feed your dog healthy foods, the healthier you eat. The more you take your dog out for exercise, the more you exercise; and the more your pet experiences these fun treatments, the more they will want. How can you deny a best friend, with those big eyes, begging you to take him out for some bonding time? Once you’re out, and you see the happy energy coming from your pet, that energy and happiness will become contagious, and it will motivate you to have a good time exercising too.
Getting fit requires having a routine. Consistency is mandatory. Create a schedule. Write what time you’re going to eat, and feed your pet at the same time. Revolve your pet’s schedule around yours with the exercise and the eating times. The more consistent you are with your new schedule, the more accustomed your dog will become to it; and the more accustomed your dog is, the more you will be taken accounted for to uphold your end of things with your new lifestyle.
Exercising can be fun, but it can also become monotonous – especially when you’re exercising alone. Having your dog with you can be a great game changer. There are so many fun things both you and your pet can enjoy together that gives you both the exercise you need. Go paddle boarding or run on the beach if you’re in a tropical area, run out in the snow or do yoga with your dog if you’re in a colder area. Dogs are so full of energy, so running is always a great idea. Even walking is a great activity. In addition to this being a very relaxing and easy exercise, walking helps regulate your digestion. It will aid in your own fitness, as well as regulating your pet as well. Playing fetch with your dog can be perfect for what you both want to accomplish. Throw a frisbee or a ball. While your pet is having the time of its life chasing after and bringing back the object, you can do some exercises of your own such as lunges, push-ups, or jumping jacks.
Getting fit is a lot easier said than done, but when you have a pet that can help you and encourage you, take advantage of it! Involving your pet in your fitness plan can benefit not only your and your dog’s health, but it allows you both to enjoy each other even more, and, after being so active, to appreciate the restful couch and cuddling even more.
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By Staff Writer Erika Smith