Posts Tagged "exercise"

Why diets and exercise often leave us hungry

Posted by on Apr 23, 2013 in Videos | 0 comments

Why diets and exercise often leave us hungry

Dr. Theresa and her puppet pal, George, explain how hunger comes from the brain. Diets and exercise aimed at losing weight often don’t work. Instead, humans are designed to USE weight.

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Lynn and Adele

Posted by on Apr 23, 2013 in Testimonials | 0 comments

Lynn and Adele

This is Adele… She had all kinds of trouble with breathing. Because she is so small I thought she got plenty of exercise running around in the house and backyard. When I heard about Weight Waggers, I started thinking about how much we think about exercise and not so much about regular movement. I started Adele on a regular walking program and I also made some changes in her diet based on the Weight waggers suggestions. I really did these things to help Adele but her improvement was so dramatic, she really started thriving. I then realized how much the walks were helping me too. I spend a lot of time at my desk and I try to get my exercise in at the gym. But sometimes weeks go by and I just can’t seem to find the time to squeeze it in. Now that Adele and I have a dedicated walking time I’ve really changed my habits. What used to be a chose or a task on my to-do list is now something I really look forward too.. If nothing else, it is the only time I separate myself from my cell phone. I made the picture to give a thumbs up for Weight Waggers… it really is dogs and people getting healthy...

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Janna and Fox

Posted by on Apr 23, 2013 in Testimonials | 0 comments

Janna and Fox

I became a regular dog walker almost three years ago, after adopting Fox and Charlie, our two beautiful foxhounds. They were shelter dogs, each with a unique set of quirks and challenges. Initially, I viewed dog walking as another daily responsibility, something to keep my dogs healthy and psychologically balanced. As a full-time personal trainer, people assume that I’m constantly moving – but a lot of my job actually involves standing in one spot, watching someone else exercise. I figured, “I’ll get a little more exercise myself, and the dogs will get what they need.” In a short period of time, these walks came to mean so much more to me. Our walks are a time of meditation for me. They are not the equivalent of walking by myself. Somehow, the presence and energy of these animals serves as a point of connection – to the wind and to the ground beneath my feet — to my senses in general. It connects me with the natural world through my dogs’ extrasensory awareness of it, and their inability to do anything but live exactly in the present moment. I feel their movement through the leashes and innately respond to it, and it often seems that we find some kind of inexplicable symmetry. I gain measurable relief from my stress in this time spent moving and being with my dogs, and this benefit carries over to my clients. I tell people that they can’t release their extra weight – in order to use it – until they address their stress. Walking my dogs gives so much more than the calorie burn of walking – it gives me experiences and benefits that nothing else can quite...

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Simple guidelines for developing Walking Habits

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in Walking | 0 comments

Simple guidelines for developing Walking Habits

So, if walking is such an amazing activity, how should you do it? Seems like a weird question right? I mean walking is walking, how complicated can it get? Although this is true, how you should walk still remains a very important question, simply because many people have lots of misconceptions when it comes to this wonderful activity. Here are our simple guidelines to get you started with making “walking a habit”: Try and walk a bit everyday, because HOW OFTEN is a lot more important than HOW you walk. The only way to make a new habit it to keep practicing it. This sounds daunting at first. Doing anything everyday almost seems impossible. But there are some things that you probably do, every single day. Brushing your teeth is a simple example. You don’t need to brush your teeth. It’s not something that you “have” to do. Yet you still do it because you know it’s good for you. And by now, it’s likely that brushing your teeth is just something that you do everyday, without thinking about it much.The reason you brush your teeth everyday without thinking much about it is because you have made it a habit. “Habits” are created in our brains through a process called Neuro Plasticity. Basically, when you do something over and over again for a period of time, your brain changes so that it becomes easier to do that thing again in the future. This is what learning really is, and this same principle can be used to help you get in the habit of walking everyday. Get used to planning, because ritual makes habitual. Giving yourself an allocated time to walk everyday is crucial for your success. Let’s go back to the example of brushing your teeth. In all likelihood, you probably do this at the same time everyday, say after breakfast and before bed. It’s this consistency that creates the habit. Doing the same thing at the same time trains your brain to expect that again in the future.Maybe you like the idea of a daily walk but don’t believe you have enough time. You have the same amount of time as every other person – 24 hours a day. You cannot make time but you can manage it. And if you don’t manage to find time for health, you will eventually be forced to find time for illness. Remember those wise words – failure to plan is planning to fail.Establishing the habit is what involves effort – by definition the habit itself is basically effortless. Start thinking of yourself as “an active person.” Daily walking is about avoiding the pitfalls of the sedentary lifestyle. Walking gets you back in the habit of moving again. How can you expect to exercise 3-4 times a week if you can’t even get yourself to walk on those days? Walking is fantastic because it gives you that shift in momentum. After a few months, or even a few weeks, you will begin to hopefully notice a shift in your attitude towards moving your body. Walking reminds you that moving is not something that you “should” or “need” to do but rather something that you want and like to do.Humans are designed to move. In essence, that’s what we do. If you have lost your love for movement, it’s usually not the case that you don’t like it anymore, but rather you have forgotten how fun it can be. Walking is the perfect way to rekindle that connection with yourself, to remind yourself what it means to be human. So, get out into the world and move, you’ll...

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Dog walking: A life-long fitness partnership

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

Dog walking: A life-long fitness partnership

Expanding waistlines are a real challenge for our society. Not only can our weight make us feel bad  about ourselves, but it gives rise to a host of other health issues, like heart disease, diabetes and stroke. If the trend of rising obesity continues, it has been estimated that, by the start of the next decade, 75% of adult Americans will be overweight. The good news is that there is a remarkably easy way to lose weight; most of us know it, we just don’t  get around to doing it. There’s no secret to it, it doesn’t cost money and it’s simple: eat healthy food and take some moderate exercise. The trouble is that many of us can’t motivate ourselves to follow this simple advice. Modern life is fast paced and many of us don’t have the energy to prepare good food and get outside for some fresh air. Exhausted at the end of another busy day, we grab some over-processed fast food, and wile away our free time in front of a screen. Some of us have an unwitting partner in crime: our dog. America’s dogs are suffering an obesity epidemic too. The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that over 50% of the nation’s dogs are obese. Why? Well, we feed them over-processed cheap kibble, and then, because we are tired, we short-change them on their walks. Many of us have large yards and it’s an easy assumption to make that the dog is managing to get enough exercise out there on its own. Or, feeling guilty, we compensate by over-feeding them. Worse, some dogs find themselves handed over to shelters when their boredom spills out into unwanted behavior. It can happen all too easily but thankfully there is a solution. Weight Waggers are here to get you and your dog off the couch and out the front door together. Dog walking shouldn’t be yet another chore in your jam‐packed life. We are going to show you that it can be an enjoyable, energizing activity that sparks vitality and sets both you and your dog up for life-long health. It will become a habit, but one that you can actually enjoy! You’re never going to find a more motivated and enthusiastic training buddy than your dog. Studies show that people who start walking for health are far more likely to stick to their new activity if they have a dog for a companion,  than those who walk alone, or even those who choose a human buddy. All the two of you have to do is step out together for a walk every day, and soon you will both be reaping the health rewards. It really is that...

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