Habits of Fit People and their Dogs: Scheduling

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One of the most overlooked, yet ‘easy’ of the seven habits of fit people and fit dogs is the concept of scheduling. By scheduling, I mean the act of putting workout times directly on a daily calendar so that the time is blocked off, just like a regular meeting or appointment might be.


Putting workouts on a calendar can help to ensure that your workout times remain available for you and your dog to work out and get fit together. Using a calendar to schedule exercise times provide several benefits:

  • Helps you and your dog get into a fitness routine, which can lead to more consistency.
  • Helps minimize the chances of cancelling your workout when other things come up during the day.
  • Helps instill discipline with respect to your workouts- time set aside to workout is time meant for a workout.
  • Helps reinforce the perception of the relative importance of your workout. Is there really anything more important than good health and longevity?




Of course, enforcing your workout appointments can be much easier said than done. Over the years, I have learned to honor my workout calendar by using the following tips.

Treat your workout “appointment” as you would any other important appointment. I mean really do this. For example, if you are one of those who likes to workout with your dog during lunch (mid-day), block that time on your calendar app and schedule other meetings and task around this time. If you must juggle things, simply move this appointment to another time slot during the day instead of just cancelling it.


Enforce the integrity of your calendar so others won’t push you to cancel your allotted exercise time. This can be hard to do in the beginning, but you will have to let people know that your exercise time is non-negotiable. After a while, your friends, family, and coworkers will get the message and stop pestering you to skip your workouts.


Be proud of your exercise commitment to exercising yourself and your dog. If you don’t think that exercise is worthwhile, you will likely stop doing it all together. Understanding the benefits of exercise that will accrue to you and your dog is the first step. Assuming you already have this understanding, now is the time to be proud of it. If not for yourself, than for your dog. Just think, proper exercise (and diet) can increase your dog’s lifespan by as much as 15%. What a wonderful thing to aspire to. You should be proud!

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  1. my mom is the one with 6 calenders, but she is totally unorganized… maybe we should take the chance to organize our life much better with your tips… naaah not maybe we just do it :o)

  2. Good idea for those that haven’t made it a habit.
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  3. That’s so true. I think it’s particularly important when you’re first starting an exercise program and may need a little extra help to stick to it.

    –Wags (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats.
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  4. This is a great idea and think would work for me. I am a calendar nut.
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  5. Oh I wish I could be a calendar person! I’ve tried actual physical book planners, computer ones, phone ones, calendars on the wall–and I just forget to look at them. If I have a meeting that’s out of the ordinary, I always set an alarm on my phone to remind myself, but luckily my schedule’s pretty flexible so that when I’m not at work it’s always Barley time–even if I have to bring papers home to grade, I can only sit still for so long, so it’s not hard to remember to fit in walks and playtime between grading sessions 🙂 I envy people who can make a schedule and stick to it, though!
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  6. Oh your SO right! Scheduling anything (including workouts and exercise) is so so important!
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  7. Great post! This is one of our resolutions this year, make it an appointment and don’t cancel! 🙂
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  8. The nice part about scheduling is that once you get in the groove, your assistants will always remind you about the appointment with a nudge or whine. And they are quite persistent.

    • That is so true…Jack starts pacing if we don’t get out quick enough in the morning. Nothing like a frustrated 80lb Lab clomping in and out of your office to get you out.
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  9. Great tips as always. I wish I could be more organized. Kilo does tend to force me on a schedule as he needs to do something every 2 hours. We also plan walks with his pal Stan in the park and events or agility classes. I now have a big board up in my new office. Not looking forward to any walks today or tomorrow. It’s -22’C plus windchill to below – 30’C with ice everywhere – so freezing! Kilo is on strike too. XS

  10. Making it a habit helps it just seem like a daily routine. Great tips!

  11. Hi Y’all!

    With me around and with my BIG LOUD mouth, not even a sick Human escapes our exercise time!

    Y’all come on by,
    Hawk aka BrownDog
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  12. Scheduling workouts is a GREAT idea! I think that’s another reason why people like to sign up for classes like agility with their dog, too. Then they have an appointment to go and have fun with their pups!
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  13. I usually type it on my phone’s memo pad – along with the other things I have to do on the weekends. It’s pretty much a given though that I will take Blueberry out hiking or at least to the human park each day, unless something unforeseen prevents me from doing so. Since I don’t have a lot of other family obligations – it’s easy to put Blueberry’s health at the top of the list! 🙂
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  14. Perfect tips ~ I’m a professional dog walker, so I’m lucky to getting paid for walking & exercising 😉 Before I was a dog owner & had a 9-5 office job, I set my alarm clock 1.5 hours earlier than I would have needed to get up in order to schedule in my 1 hour gym time prior to getting ready for work!
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  15. I schedule my exercise classes but not Mr. N’s exercise. Good thing I have a separate calendar for him.

  16. OMD my people LOVE their e-calendars! They can’t seem to do ANYTHING without them! *wags* – Gilligan from WagsAhoy.com
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  17. I love this tip. My habit is to do a long walk with the dogs (Ace + foster) first thing in the morning. This works for me. My difficulty is on the weekends when I like to sleep in an extra hour or two. On weekends, I don’t walk them first thing in the morning, and then it’s hard to fit it in sometimes. I’m adding it to my calendar for tomorrow – walk at 10 a.m.
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  18. Great tip! I’ll start adding our walks and workout sessions to my calendar. I already do for myself. It makes great sense to add the dogs 🙂 I’m pretty excited about Sydney’s progress with walks and her diet.

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  19. I just started with my first event calender and have found it useful ( yet a little hard to get in the habit of sticking with it ) as far as blogging goes. I never considered using it for multiple purposes like this; I think it would really help me visualize how much I am/am not participating in new activities with Laika. Great idea.
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  20. I definitely need to do this. We have somewhat of a routine but putting it in writing would really cement it.
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  21. Scheduling is a great idea!
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  22. Maybe I will try that – I do much better when the weather is warmer, so a schedule may be the answer to my laziness during these winter months.

  23. Good advice. Walking first thing in the morning is an important start to my dog. We do have a second walk as well and I try to do that on my lunch, however if something comes up, I try to at least get a quick around the block in at some point.
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  24. Well, I seriously believe that part-time scheduling has a half impact on the dog. Instead, if you want to give them free time from all the classes, you could go for thrice a week full days, where the dog has enough time to assimilate and practice what it learnt the previous day/s.
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