Looking for something to help you stick to your New Year's resolution to lose weight and become more fit? Get a dog.
That's right - don't get a scale, a treadmill or the latest diet book. Get a dog.
Not only is a dog a great companion and a source of comfort, security and learning experiences for a family - a dog will help you get up and get moving. You'll be...
- Walking the dog
- Walking around your backyard to clean up after the dog
- Bending and squatting to feed and pet the dog
- Lifting bags of dog food
- Making trips to and from your yard to let the dog in and out
Just think about all of the extra steps and movements you'll be acting out each day that you're not doing now. I think this is especially true in the winter when we tend to spend less time outside. Keeping up with your dog will have you out of your snuggie, off the couch and out burning calories and firing up your metabolism by
Now... a dog is a big commitment! Weight loss shouldn't be the only reason you decide to get a dog - but it can certainly be a big benefit. Before making your decision, be sure to consider other factors including your budget, your available time, how everyone in your family feels about a dog, and your ability to keep the dog safe with a fence or an invisible fence.
How Much Weight Can I Lose Walking My Dog?
When you're ready, grab a good leash and comfortable pair of shoes and start walking! You and your new pup will become the best of friends as you burn an average of 200 calories (more if you walk faster, take a hilly route and/or pump your arms!) for every half-hour walk. With no other changes to your diet and activity levels, this extra 200 calories per day will lead to 1.5 - 2 pounds of weight loss each month.
-- Rachel Honoway, Fitness Blogger, PrettyHardWork.com