If you have a furry friend in the house, it’s likely they are part of your family. They show up in the holiday cards, are prominent fixtures on your social media pages, and may even be the first ones to greet you at the door when you come home. Aside from being cute and cuddly, your family dog may also be improving your family’s health. Here are four unexpected health benefits of having a dog:
With the relatively recent rise of gyms and boutique fitness studios, most of us feel like we can’t fit in exercise unless we’re sweating it out on a fancy elliptical trainer or struggling through a Pilates class. While these are both great forms of exercise, recent research shows that exercising outside can actually be more beneficial than exercising in a gym, both physically and psychologically. Taking your workout outdoors can potentially help burn more calories, increase your self-esteem, and even make your workout more enjoyable. Imagine that! Enjoying a workout. To help you get started, here are 7 workouts you and your family can enjoy outdoors this spring.
Last year I talked the Executive Director of CYCLE Kids into purchasing a FitBit. I was in a heated “step” competition with family and friends, and wanted to see how Julie’s active lifestyle measured up. She bought one right away and came into the office the next week… “Puck has been walking 10,000 steps a day!” Puck is her Bernese Mountain Dog.