We love going to the gym to keep fit, lose weight and stay healthy but there’s only so much that a gym can accomplish. To see results one has to be regular, and that requires a daily dose of willpower that’s already spent on not ordering that pizza you wanted for lunch. Going to the gym or starting a morning jogging routine doesn’t change your diet, which is a crucial part of getting fit in shape. Besides, being stuck in the office from 10 to 10 doesn’t allow much time or energy for extracurricular activities of a physically demanding nature. Fortunately, nature has a solution.
A dog. Or dogs. They aren’t just the best friends you’ll ever have, but they do their bit to keep you healthy, active, toned and fit. No need to depend on your willpower anymore, you’ve got a personal trainer who rewards you with love and licks!
Here are 6 reasons why –
Let’s start with the most obvious one. Some fresh air cardio, twice a day, is one of the best gifts dogs give us. A vigorous walk in the morning is the best way to start your day. If your dog is a tugger, you’ll even get those forearm muscles and biceps worked out. And all of this is to make your dog happy, can you believe that?
2) Regular Meals
Let’s face it: A lot of us, especially in the crowd living away from home, have our meals at odd hours. Due to being at the office, we tend to have lunch on time with the team but dinner is one thing that can happen anytime. When you have a dog around who can’t feed himself, you pay more attention to keeping their feeding routine regular and thus end up doing the same for yourself.
3) Waking Up On Time
There are few better ways of waking up in life then with your dog or cat licking your face, gentling telling you to that it’s a new day. It’s like the first thing they want us to know about the day is that they love us. But there’s also the fact that they need to go outside to do their bathroom business. And while us humans don’t find it hard to make a quick bathroom trip and get back into bed, a walk outside with your pet ensures that you’re way too energized and active to get back in the sack.
4) Awareness of Diet and Nutrition
It is unfortunate that the majority of us only start paying attention to our diets once we reach a point of being overweight or unhealthy. Once you get a pet, and especially if you’re raising it from a very young age, you automatically get interested in what is beneficial to consume and what is not. This interest spills over to your own diet in a very natural way. If you cook home food for your pet, you’re bound to do the same for yourself. Talk about a win-win situation.
Looking to start a running regime? Take your dog along for a more fulfilling outdoor experience, for both of you.
6) Anxiety Busters
Being in a positive state of mind can physiologically alter how your body appears, functions and protects itself. When you see a couple in love, it’s not a co-incidence that they seem to be ‘glowing’. In the same way, pets alleviate stress and help you through tough times. They are family and ensure that loneliness is kept at bay.
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