The bond between an owner and their pet is as close as it gets, but it’s important to remember that it’s not just an emotional attachment, but a physical one too. A study out of PurdueUniversity found that 36.5% of American households included dogs, and many of those dog owners walk more for their dog than they do for themselves. By setting the goal to live a happier and healthier life for yourself and your dog, you can work together to make both of your lives better. Your dog will be there to keep you on track and will reap the same benefits of exercising more.
Tasty, healthy snacks are everyone’s best friend
The easiest first step in weight loss is to monitor your diet and reduce wasted calories by swapping out unhealthy food choices for healthier options, and the same goes for your pooch. Fortunately, many of the same tricks that work for you will work for your best friend as well. Choose some dog-friendly treats and snacks and begin using them as your between-meal go-to choices and training aids. Blueberries are a great choice which provide valuable antioxidants and are delicious. For meals, look for healthier options which reduce fat and provide more nutrients. A New York Times report found that simply buying expensive dog food at the store may not actually be healthier as ingredients in premium kibble are often similar to generic brands. One great option instead is to try a dog diet service, and one for yourself as well, which provides you with nutritious, prepared meals to ensure you’re eating healthy.
Get moving together, at your own pace
With your diet improved, you’re now ready to increase your daily burn rate to start shedding pounds as a team by exercising with your pet. It’s important to accurately assess both your dog’s and your own current health when changing up your exercise routine, as overexertion can lead to problems of its own. Begin with a moderate increase to your current routine then slowly work to increase it more and more as time goes by. Simple activities like adding in an extra 30 minute walk will help you both to slim down, and it’s an excuse to spend even more time with the dog you love.
Improving your physical health is one of the best things you can do for both your mind and your body. Exercise releases endorphins and helps to relieve stress. After a hard day at work, a walk with your dog provides an outlet to your anxieties, and the long term benefits of slimming down and living at a healthier weight will reduce your daily worries. So, get going on a new fitness routine with man’s best friend and you’ll start forging an even stronger bond with your dog at the same time.