Walking Your Dog Can Help Keep Your Moving
Walking your dog is great exercise. You might already know that exercise is easier with a friend. Having someone to hold you accountable can mean more regular exercise. A furry friend can offer the same benefit! Dogs need regular exercise, and you will be more likely to step outside in cold or wet weather with a canine companion.
Walking your dog: 3 tips to keep you and your pet active and safe
1. Start Small!
Train your pet to walk on a leash and seek professional training to help address any behavioral issues if needed. For the health of both you and your pet, start with short, moderate walks and work up to longer walks. You can always take 10 minute walks at a time, perhaps in the morning and when you get home. Your dog will benefit from the stimulation, and you will benefit from moving!
2. Stay Safe
If you are walking in the dark, invest in reflective gear for both you and your pet. Pay attention to the surfaces you are walking on- just like you, your dog may need protective footwear if you are walking on very hot or cold surfaces. If possible, find a park or walking path to make your walk more enjoyable for both of you. However, incorporating short walks in your neighborhood is also a great way to get in exercise.
Maybe you can’t have a pet in your home but would still like to benefit from walking a canine companion. Many shelters offer programs where you can volunteer to walk a dog. This is a wonderful way to help shelter pets while getting some exercise of your own. You could also volunteer to walk a busy neighbor or friend’s dog.
At KareBoost Health, we are full of creative and innovative ways to make a healthy lifestyle work for you! We do not believe in fad diets or extreme exercise- instead, we believe that every healthy lifestyle is tailored to the individual. Set up your free consultation with Dr. Karen to find out how we can help you meet your goals.
Karen L Leibowitz, MD
Health and Lifestyle Coach