Seven Fitness Habits of Fit People and Fit Dogs
I often wonder why some people are able to stick with an exercise program more easily than others. After all, the many amazing benefits from regular exercise are available to any person or any dog for that matter, that incorporates fitness into their daily routine. I suppose that, as in most things in life that require ‘work’, it is hard to build a consistent fitness habit and very easy to break this habit. The end result is a human and canine obesity epidemic that costs lives and money.
Having been involved with fitness for over 30 years, I have noticed some recurring patterns and behaviors to which fit people often adhere. When I say fit people, I am not necessarily talking about fitness junkies and high level athletes, but rather everyday folks who have incorporated fitness into their lifestyles. These behaviors provide some excellent ideas to anyone who is looking to improve the consistency and effectiveness of their own and their dog’s fitness programs.
Taking a page from the book 7 Habits of Effective People, I have identified 7 habits of Fit People, any one of which can increase the chances of making fitness a part of the daily routine. Each of these habits are worth trying out and they all apply to both a human’s and a dog’s exercise routines. Workout smarter and more consistently by forming these habits and take you and your dog’s fitness to a new level.
- Workout in the morning with your dog when possible, before distractions get in the way.
- Mix in high intensity training, for both you and your dog, at least once per week, to improve calorie burning at rest and to improve endurance.
- Schedule workouts on calendar as if they are important meetings that can’t be cancelled. Which they are.
- Break apart workouts in to smaller parts to better fit into busy schedules. For example, if you don’t have an hour to spare, workout with your dog for 30 minutes twice a day.
- Mix in strength, cardio (endurance), and stretching and mobility training to ensure a well-rounded and functional outcome. Each one of these modalities are available to both you and your dog if you know how.
- Build a strong core through targeted and intelligent core training to improve athletic performance and reduce injury risk. You might develop a six or eight pack. Your dog will develop a more functional body.
- Have one or two “go to”, quick workouts that you can use when time is short. These should last 15 minutes or less and be difficult enough to get your heart rate up.
In the coming weeks, I will write about each of these fitness habits in detail, offering practical ways to make them stick. Remember that both you and your dog will benefit if you learn to be more consistent and smarter about your workouts.