YAY it's Friday!
Today's Get fit Friday post involves my very own baby.. my puppy Remy. Remy is a 3 year old Golden Retriever mix and he's been the best personal trainer anyone could ask for.
Physical exercise doesn't have to be intense. It can be as simple as going for a walk, especially if you have a furry friend to help you.
If you're having trouble sticking to an exercise program, research shows that dogs are actually Nature’s perfect personal trainers, loyal, hardworking, energetic and enthusiastic. And, unlike your friends, who may skip an exercise session because of appointments, extra chores or bad weather, dogs never give you an excuse to forego exercising.
Part of having a dog isn't just about the cuteness, the cuddles, the playing. It's about responsibility. Since Remy was a wee little 8 week old puppy, my boyfriend and I have always enforced a walking routine with him. We wanted to make sure that our baby got the exercise that he needs to stay healthy and happy. We didn't want him suffering and becoming obese.
During the day, I have a dog walker that comes to the house to take him out, but one walk isn't enough for him, he needs constant exercise to stay lean, healthy and get rid of that built up energy. Just as people, dogs need to de-stress and release their energy in order to be happy and healthy. Kids are the same way. When you coup them up, chances are they are going to be destructive and restless.
Part of my daily exercise routine is taking Remy for a good, long walk. Weekends are normally when he gets to go swimming, run and play with his doggie friends, but during the week, we stick to our walking schedule. My boyfriend and I normally take him about an hour after we eat dinner, for about 30-45 minutes. By the time we get home, all of us are exhausted. However, just going for that simple walk, we burned some awesome calories, plus we got to spend quality time together. Side note: we don't stroll along, we actually walk at a brisk speed.
Walking strengthens your bones, improves your mood, balance and co-ordination. Walking is a great way to improve or maintain your overall health. Just 30 minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. It can reduce your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers. Unlike some other forms of exercise, walking is free and doesn’t require any special equipment or training.
If you are a dog owner and are a bit lazy and just let your dog in the backyard, stop! Get out of the house and spend some quality time with your furry friend. It will help create a healthy lifestyle for the both of you, plus walking with your furry friend helps create a beautiful bond and a happier attitude between the two of you.
If you are not much of a walker, start out by walking around the block, then increase each day/week if that's easier. If your dog pulls you, consider a halti (which I use) or a harness. Try to keep the same walking schedule everyday, that way it will hep you stay on track. Go for a brisk walk, not a slow walk, and try to go for a minimum of 30 minutes, by the end of it, you and your furry friend will feel satisfied physically and mentally. Remember to offer fresh water to your puppy afterwards. I try to drink a tall glass full after every walk, that way I can replenish the water that I sweated out.
All in all, there should be no excuses to get out for a walk. So... with that said, leash up your furry baby and get out there.
How could you say no to that fuzzy face? I sure can't.. lol
|A tired pup, is a happy pup|
Hope everyone has a great weekend!