Do it for the dog, do it for you

Posted by on Apr 20, 2013 in Motivation | 0 comments

walking the dog leads to healty people and healty dogPeople start to walk for all sorts of reasons. They know that it’s healthy and they need to stay active. Unfortunately, no matter how hard we work, our effort and energy are measured by our motivation.

When we’re doing things for ourselves, to be healthy and fit, we can easily slide. But when we’re asked to perform for someone else, when the motivation is external, we rise to the occasion. We even go above and beyond.

When you’re deciding to walk your dog, don’t think about it as something you’re only doing for yourself or only for your four-legged friend. The relationship helps both of you.

Here’s a startling statistic: more than 50% of dogs are overweight. Like people, they’re overfed and under-exercised. When you take a dog out on a walk, you’re participating to the of their natural instincts to explore. It stimulates their brains and keeps them happy. Walks keep the dog calm and help them bond with you as well.

Rather than simply letting your furry friend out into the yard, take a stroll together through the neighborhood. You’ll get benefit from the physical activity, true, but you’ll also have the knowledge that you’re doing a good thing for your pet. The happiness of your pet is a great reason to get moving.

But remember, when you walk your dog, you’re not only helping THEM stay active and fit, you’re also doing the same for YOURSELF! You get the same benefits your dog gets from walking.

Regular walks will reduce stress and inflammation, burn calories and lower cholesterol levels. Walking helps maintain weight loss over the long term and reduces the risk of diabetes by a third. All that just from walking and spending time outside with a perfect support system. The dog is always going to help you stay fit as long as they get to have some of the fun.

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