Every year when I show up for my annual physical, I get the same intake form with the usual, standard questions, mostly asking if any of my existing information has changed, my current address, medical insurance provider, etc. But I always smile a little when I come to that line that asks how much I exercise each day and/or week.
Being a single Mom, it seems like my life is one exercise session after the next and without going into a lengthy explanation of our daily activities that we’re all too familiar with, we also have a small purebred dog. So when I check this box inquiring about my activity levels and enter this information, I can unequivocally state that I get at least a half-hour of daily exercise simply from walking our little bundle of fur around the neighborhood.
Acquiring Rover Via A Recommendation
As a matter of fact, you could say it was because of my doctor that our family got a dog in the first place. After a routine checkup, my doctor recommended a daily walking routine to help with my aging circulatory system. As I went over my schedule in my head, I thought to myself, when would I find the time to go for a walk every day?
Then I thought, given my motherly mentality, if we had a dog, I would somehow find the time to walk our four-legged friend everyday. And the rest as they say, is history, since a few weeks later we rescued an overweight animal from an elderly couple who couldn’t walk their dog anymore due to their own failing health. It was really a win-win situation for everyone involved.
It almost goes without saying, but medical science continues to prove that having a pet in your life not only reduces stress and anxiety, but also helps to prolong life and prevent the possibility of heart problems for those who have a four-legged friend beside them.
Check out this infographic about ways to “Exercise Your Pet” that will benefit both of you in the long run, not to mention those types of activities will keep your family healthy. There’s more ways to work out with your dog besides walking around the block.