Obstacles to Health & Fitness Goals
Happy New Year’s! Hoping 2016 has gotten off on the right start. With the start of the new year comes many New Year’s resolutions to improve personal health and fitness. A “desire” to improve personal fitness is KEY to success. However, many New Year’s resolutions to improve personal health and fitness fail. What are the typical reasons? Don’t have enough time to workout, or the fitness classes don’t fit into your work schedule? Do you believe fitness gyms are too expensive and too crowded? Would like to go with a friend, but no one wants to go or they cannot go at the same time because of scheduling conflicts? Do you find working out on weights, treadmills and machines boring? Are you are too embarrassed to have others see you in workout clothes? What is your excuse?
Lack of motivation is often the cause of fitness program abandonment. If working out was fun, easy, inexpensive and convenient, many more would be successful in achieving their fitness goals. And, what if you had a friend who encouraged you each and every day to get out exercise, without saying a word? Their sheer presence and sincere gaze in your eyes is all you need to be inspired. Believe it or not, to find the key to fitness success, look no farther than the other end of your dog’s leash.
Motivation for Success
Success at practically anything, including improvement of personal health and fitness, involves 5% talent and 95% desire, which entails motivation, commitment and determination. Although it is best when we can find our 95% from within ourselves, it is not always possible. Life’s “ups and downs” can severely hinder our motivation and determination to stay committed to fitness. Do you really want to succeed in personal fitness? Are you looking for an eternal fire of motivation? Believe it or not, your faithful canine companion may be the key to achieving your fitness goals.
The Key to Health & Fitness Success
The key to your health and fitness success may be as simple as regularly walking your dog. Not surprising, those who walk their dogs for as little as 30 minutes daily significantly lower the risk of many diseases, including obesity. Moreover, humans who regularly associate with dogs experience reduced stress and anxiety, lowered blood pressure, improved overall heart health, relief from depression and enhanced self-esteem, just to name a few observable health benefits. Companionship with dogs often provides a sense of courage and confidence for those less than comfortable in social situations.
Health & Fitness for Humans & Dogs
Health benefits of regular exercise are not just for humans. Regular walks and workouts will nourish the heart, mind and soul of humans and dogs alike. Investing time and energy in your dog will give you a friend, companion and workout partner who exemplifies motivation and perseverance to keep you going, even in the toughest times.
Dog Walks & Dog Running
The fastest, easiest and most effective way to achieve human and canine fitness is walking, an aerobic and low impact activity. Are you and your dog good walking partners? Is leash pulling an obstacle for daily walks? Our concierge dog training service can help turn the drudgery of dog walks into Walks in the Park, improving physical, mental and emotional health for both you and your dog. Once you see how easy it can be, you can pick up the pace of your dog walks to a new level with dog running and Fitness with Fido. And with the inspiration from your loyal canine companion, you can turn your “New Year’s Resolution” of improved personal health and fitness into a way of life!
Kathryn R. Gubista, PhD offers concierge dog training, dog walks, dog running and pet-care services through Lucky Dog Training Asheville and has over 30 years of training experience in obedience, tracking, agility, sheep herding, dock diving and fieldwork. The Dog’s Perspective is a training philosophy based on how dogs think. Kathryn is an evolutionary biologist and teaches diverse biology courses in higher education settings.