Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Fun with Fido Follow Up: More Weight Loss Success Tips

Yesterday I mentioned that a recent study in Great Britain showed that people who have dogs...well, people who WALK their dogs...get more exercise than people who workout at a gym, or on their own.

OK, no big surprise I guess...after all, Fido has to pee and last I checked, is not too keen on the subject of toilet training. My dogs thought of the toilet as a giant water dish, nothing more.

Of course if you have a fenced yard, you can let Rover roam there and do his business...but still getting out with him and moving both your bodies is a fantastic experience. Whether it is running, walking, or playing frisbee...as long as you aren't just standing in one place you will be getting exercise and fresh air. A good combo.

Well one of the things that makes exercising with Spot, well spot-on, is that it is fun and short! You don't have to make a huge time commitment out of it which is a HUGE lesson for exercise-phobics and fans alike. Throw on your shoes, grab the leash and take a quick spin around the block a couple times a day and you're good.

Whether you have a dog or not, we can all take this advice to heart. Instead of thinking we have to set aside an hour and have a big routine...break it up. Get 15 minutes in...heck, if you need to, get in 5 minutes several times a day. Every minute that you are moving is a minute that you are getting healthier, fitter...and it all adds up for weight loss success!

The big lessons here for losing weight--small bits of activity are just fine...and have fun--bring some joy into your life when you exercise and you are apt to do it, even if you are pressed for time.

Oh--and if you don't have King to get you moving, you can always "borrow" one...check out your local animal shelter...many of them will have a program where you can help give their animals some love and exercise. OK, that may take a bit more time than the quick trip around the block, but it is a way to get fit, get some love, and give back all at the same time!

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