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The Benefits of Walking Your Dog

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As the summer heat starts to fade back, Autumn is a great time to get out and start walking. You can enjoy the leaves changing color, the crispness in the air and it gives you time to reflect on the year and helps you to make new changes for the coming year…healthy ones!

With the holidays upon you, you can start to create a healthy way to avoid the dreaded weight gain that often comes from too many holiday goodies because you have set a new habit in motion.

If you and/or your dog are overweight, walk just 30 minutes a day, three times a week, and you can lower blood pressure, increase energy, heighten your sense of happiness and well being, reduce your weight by 5% and your dog’s by 15%.

Think about how healthy you and your best friend will be if you walked 7 days a week, every week! Even after just one solid week of walking for 15 mins. a day, you’ll feel awesome as you raise the levels of endorphins in your brain, which combats depression and anxiety. You’ll also notice a change in your dog’s behavior as well.

Even if you just walked 2-3 times a week for 20 minutes each time….you and your dog will feel phenomenal!! If you can run your dog….you’ll notice a faster change in his or her behavior. Positive changes in behavior lead to a happier you, which in turn, leads to a happy dog and a happy home. A happy home means that Spot won’t get dumped at the shelter because no one can deal with his behavior issues anymore.

So take a walk…..and save a life! It could just be your own!

Courtesy of www.walkyourdogweek.com
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Responses to The Benefits of Walking Your Dog

  1. This is some great information, and I appreciate your suggestion to walk just thirty minutes a day, three times a week with your dog. My husband and I are going to be getting a puppy, and I’m extremely excited! I want to make sure we’re taking good care of him and keeping him healthy, so I’ll definitely make sure to walk with him regularly. Thanks for the great post.

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