Habits of Fit People and their Dogs: Scheduling
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!Please enjoy our FitDog Friday Blog Hop brought to you by SlimDoggy and our co-hosts To Dog with Love and My GBGV Life. Join the Hop or just enjoy the links below - lots of fun fitness tips and advice!