having trouble exercising? walk the dogs!

Yeah! Get out there and walk the dogs, they need exercise too!

walk the dogsSometimes I get so caught up in everything going on with life in general… work, the kids’ school, sports practices, cooking, and everything else… I almost completely forget to get some good exercise in. Thankfully, I have two fairly large chihuahuas that give me this amazing “walk us now??” look that reminds me to get out there and get moving! My little babies really help keep me on track… they remind me to do all sorts of things, from taking walks to simply relaxing and enjoying myself in the evenings. They are two fantastic little pooches, not sure what I would do without them!!

Just get out and walk for at least 30 minutes! 30 minutes isn’t so hard, right?

According to the American Heart Association, research has shown that walking at least 30 minutes a day can help you:

  • Reduce your risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
  • Improve your blood pressure, blood sugar levels and blood lipid profile
  • Maintain your body weight and lower the risk of obesity
  • Enhance your mental well-being
  • Reduce your risk of osteoporosis
  • Reduce your risk of breast and colon cancer
  • Reduce your risk of non-insulin dependent (type 2) diabetes

We know maintaining daily exercise routines can be difficult, but it’s so worth it to stay in shape!

We’ve definitely gone in spurts, finishing fitness programs, making sure we get on the treadmill every day, etc. The only constant thing we have is that we always walk the dogs. They really are a great reminder for us. We also do other things to stay in shape… I have a little Fitbit One that I absolutely love! It tracks my steps and I do challenges with friends just to help remind myself to get moving. I don’t mind losing the challenges to my friends, but losing by a lot is just such a bummer!

Whatever motivates you to get moving each day, DO IT! Staying in shape is so important for so many reasons! Just keep moving and stay healthy!

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