Personally, I don’t usually make resolutions, but rather live my life in such a way to reach my personal and business goals, constantly moving and improving.
But January is a great time to push the reset button and start new healthy habits. Get your pet outdoors, exercise more with them. Breathe fresh air. This is all (as of this writing) “allowed” by our government, and good for us too!
Have you recently taken a good look at your pet’s body and assessed if he needs a weight loss plan? If not, here are some graphics that might help you get a clearer understanding of a healthy body shape.
Here are just a few benefits of walking your pet:
Strengthens Your Bond
Quality time together with your pet creates a wonderful bond. This bond promotes trust between you and your dog, a very important aspect of any relationship. Some often remark that daily walks in beautiful outdoor places often feel like they’re on a date.
Helps with Weight Control
Any exercise, like walking, helps keep weight off and promotes a variety of other health benefits, like improving circulation, heart and muscle functions. Especially after the holidays, this is very important to work off those chocolates and holiday overindulgence!
Walks are a great way for you and your dog to experience the world together. Try hiking new trails you haven’t been before (I’ve been doing a lot of this lately with my husband and dog); take in the sights and smells around you.
Increases Physical and Mental Health
Humans and pets have similar diseases that can be prevented or treated by regular exercise and a healthy diet. Not to mention the extra activity is great for overcoming boredom. Keep feet and mind active: Your pet will be happy and you’ll be thankful for the improved behaviors around the house.
Solitary walks (for the humans) or sitting in the backyard (for the dogs) can get pretty lonely. Quality walks with your four-legged pal can reduce feelings of loneliness for you and your pet. Missing your friends during this pandemic? Make a walk date and walk with masks, 6 feet apart.
And yes: cats can and should be walked outdoors too! Just make sure they’re wearing a snugly fitting harness, leashed and never let them out alone, as coyotes live all over San Diego County, and can grab your cat or small dog in seconds…..it happened to my neighbor in Encinitas (and happens to many others daily!).