Now that you and your pup have a daily routine, it’s time for a challenge! This week focus on increasing your exercise time and/or your intensity to add a little more fuel to the fire. By amping up your routine and burning an extra 200 calories 5 times each week, you can lose an extra pound each month or over 12 pounds in a year! Not to mention the day long benefits of starting your day with some activity and the sleep benefits of getting moving in the evening.
If your routine generally includes evening activity, add a short morning walk to your day. Morning exercise “jump starts” your metabolism, allowing you to burn more calories for up to 24 hours! Morning exercise will also energize you for the day and leave you with a sense of accomplishment by knowing you have already done something good for your body today. Regular exercise results in higher quality sleep, so waking up 30 minutes early shouldn’t be a problem – you can also go to bed 30 minutes earlier or ease into morning exercise by starting with waking up just 15 minutes early.
If you already have the morning routine down, take advantage of a relaxing walk or jog after work or after dinner. Exercise can help you unwind after a long day and allow you to have a restful night of sleep. Your friends and neighbors are likely free at this time too, so recruit them to join you on a 30 minute strut after dinner. If you’re adding evening exercise to your routine, try to end at least an hour before your plan to head for bed, otherwise you may have too much energy for sleep!
Whichever challenge you choose, I doubt your pup will decline an extra chance to get outside, sniff the grass and burn some energy!