Having trouble sticking to an exercise program?  Unlike your workout partner, who may skip going to the gym with you because of their busy schedule, bad weather or being lazy, your dog will never give you an excuse to not go for a walk. Dogs are loyal, hardworking, energetic & enthusiastic & the best trainer a person could have.

Statistics show that 16% of Americans ages 15 and older exercised at all on an average day! Your canine personal trainer can help you stick with a daily exercise routine.

Plan for success. It’s easy to forget about healthy walking plans, so set the stage for a successful program:

  • Establish 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 at the dog park after work. Or maybe three 10-minute walks or one 30-minute walk fit in better with your day.
  • If dog walking is “scheduled” into each day, you’ll feel more responsible for sticking with your program. Plus, your dog will also get used to the routine and remind you when “it’s time!”
  • Track your progress.
  • Post a calendar on the refrigerator and add a sticker for each 10 minutes of walking you do each day. This will reinforce your good behavior and make you pause before opening the door to grab a calorie-laden snack!

So, grab a leash, whistle up the pup, and go for a walk—today and every day! Dog walking is a great way to jumpstart a healthy lifestyle program.

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