Staying fit is a rewarding, yet, challenging task. It helps to have a workout partner to keep you motivated and enjoying yourself. And what better fitness partner than your tail wagging friend? A regular exercise routine is vital for your pup’s health too and getting fit together can be as simple and fun as going for a walk! There are many benefits of dog walking, so we’ve decided to share the ‘3 Key Hs’ with you:
An obvious benefit of dog walking is the good it does for your health, as well as your pup’s health. But dog walking is specifically beneficial in lowering blood pressure and controlling blood-sugar levels. Research has shown that 30 minutes of cardio activity (done throughout the week) strengthens the heart muscle and increases insulin sensitivity. Taking your pup for a walk is the perfect way to balance and maintain body levels, because you get to control the intensity of your cardio. Walking is not just an exercise for you and your pup, but it can also act as a form of ease for sore joints or aching muscles. Walking can help increase flexibility and build up bone strength for you and your pooch too. The key to successful health is regularity, and you and your pooch can navigate your pace and practice together!
A healthy body means a healthy mind, and this saying goes for your dog too. Walking is a great way to boost serotonin levels—commonly known as the ‘feel-good chemical’ that your brain produces. Neurologists have found that the physical activity of walking increases production of the amino acids that naturally manufacture serotonin. Exposure to fresh air, your local environment, and the calm that nature has to offer is a great way to clear your head. Dogs need to get into a good headspace too, and walking is one of the best ways to find that.
While walking with your pup is a great way to bond, it’s also an opportunity for you and your dog to make friends! Dogs are naturally curious and enjoy exploring the smells and sights of their environment. But more than anything, dogs are looking to play—especially with new playmates! Walking with your dog means you are sure to find other dog owners doing the same with their pup. Say “Hello”, as you are part of the same dog-loving community. You never know who you or your pup will meet!
It’s important to keep these tips in mind when taking your dog for a stroll:
Make sure you keep your dog on his/her leash unless you are in an ‘off leash’ zone.
Always supervise your dog in areas where children are present.
Aim to walk for around 30 minutes, at least five times a week.
Take your doggy clean up seriously, and always have a plastic bag ready.
Make sure your dog can be properly identified, so you can be quickly contacted in case your pup gets lost.
Check the weather! Don’t take your dog out under the boiling sun.
Always bring fresh water for the both of you to stay hydrated.