Exercise for Independence
This weekend is the July 4th holiday in the US. This holiday is also known as Independence Day, and it got me thinking about how exercise can bring independence to humans and dogs.
Webster’s Dictionary defines independent as “not requiring or relying on others”. This definition can certainly apply to our own, and our dog’s, physical capability to move around, live life, and not rely on help from others to do so. In short, regular exercise can help us retain our independence.
For younger people and dogs, exercise prevents the accumulation of unwanted weight while building strength and endurance, allowing unfettered access to whichever activities we choose to pursue. As we and our dogs age, regular exercise is even more important so that we can maintain an active lifestyle well into our senior years. And if you think that your older dog doesn’t care about being able to independently, remain active and move around with spring in their step, you are sadly mistaken. Dogs are meant to be active and their frustrations are evident when they unable to keep up with their families during physical activities.
Young or old, being healthy and having the ability to do what we want physically is the very definition of independence. What a great gift of independence we can give ourselves, and our pets, by simply spending 30-60 minutes a day exercising. And we don’t have to start a revolution to do so.