Hello divas! I hope that you have had a fabulous week so far and are looking forward to a great weekend. Mine has been busy with school starting back (I work at a university) and I am ready for a relaxing weekend at home. Did you know that today is National Dog Day? While I do not have kids of my own, I do have fur children, including an adorable chihuahua mix named Dixie who thinks she’s human whom I adore. I am a big believer that our pets can teach us a lot about how to live a healthy life (see healthy living tips from the dog and the cat). But my dog is also a bundle of energy and teaches me about how to stay fit every day. So to celebrate National Dog Day, I thought it would be fun to share some fitness tips from Dixie.
- Outside is the place to be. Dixie loves to be outdoors. Whether it is digging in the yard, chasing bugs or dragging the hubby for a walk, there is nothing like being outside. There are so many things that can be done outdoors, not to mention the natural vitamin D you will get by being there. So go outside and get moving.
- Make fitness fun. Why try to get into shape if you are not having fun? Play games, try new things, find what makes you happy. If you are enjoying what you are doing, you will not stick to it (see how to make running fun).
- Make fitness a family event. Fitness is more fun with others. If we are going for a walk down the street, Dixie is always trying to convince her humans (my hubby and myself) or her brother (a 13 lb. Siamese mix cat) to join her in whatever she wants to do. Make fitness a family event. Go for a hike or to a park. Find a running buddy. Join a fitness class. You will make friends and get in shape.
- Eat to play. Dixie’s favorite snacks (we call them puppy crack) are peanut butter, cheese and eggs. What can we learn from this? You have to have your protein in order for your body to be able to survive a workout and recover. And protein helps you feel fuller longer which helps with weight loss if that is what you are working on.
- Yoga is awesome. Yoga has many benefits both mentally and physically. It is something that is perfect cross-training for any exercise regimen you follow. And Dixie shows me on a daily basis how to properly do downward and upward facing dog.
Do you have pets? What do you learn from them?
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