We know that daily exercise is important. To walk is good for our dogs and for us. In fact, many of us get dogs to help ensure that we get more consistent exercise.
For the 2 decades Your Personal Best Training Studio has been dedicated to helping people in our community become the best they can be and live a healthier and fit life! Walk your dog day is one of the many ways we promote health and fitness in our community.
Here are 10 good reasons to walk your dog daily.
Reason # 1: Track-able Progress
Create a walking schedule; plan to walk 30 minutes total each day. This might include a 10-minute neighborhood walk in the morning and a 20-minute romp with your dog after work. Download a walking progress calendar here.
Reason # 2: Relationship
The walk isn’t just exercise for your dog; it’s a chance to spend some quality time with you. Committing time to a walk does more than just keep your dog in shape; it also helps stave off boredom.
Reason # 3: Fat Loss
Dog owners who reported walking their dogs were almost 25 percent less likely to be obese than people without dogs.
Reason # 4: Motivation
The problem is that dogs sometimes need as much motivation as we do to exercise. I think most of us would agree that it’s more fun to go for a walk or work out with a friend instead of by ourselves. Our dogs probably feel the same way.
Reason # 5: Human Health
Research shows that dogs are actually nature’s perfect personal trainers—loyal, hardworking, energetic and enthusiastic. And, unlike your friends, who may skip an exercise session because of appointments, extra chores or bad weather, dogs never give you an excuse to forego exercising.
Reason #6: Companionship
You can take your dog shopping. PetSmart, many pet stores and even some restrauants now a days will let you bring a constant companion.
Reason # 7: Confidence
Walking helps increase our confidence in doing something that contributes to our daily health. Our dogs build confidence when they’re able to see, smell and experience many different things and can learn about different areas of their world.
Reason # 8: Structure.
We love our dogs and we often believe they should have all the freedom in the world. Structure is hard-wired into dogs: they seek it, crave it and are happier with it. We crave structure too!
Reason # 9: Socialization.
Both the socialization and physical act of walking our dogs can help completely reverse behavioral problems in us and our dogs.
Reason # 10: Health is a Responsibility.
We are responsible for our health, safety, and well-being. Walking our dogs regularly is one of the first steps to both theirs and our physical and mental health.