How you ask?
Well, because of King I have had to REALLY get out of my comfort zone again. I used to run 5-6 miles per day for years. But after we moved out here to the high desert and I left the park where I ran with others, and Shadrach was getting old and slowing WAY down, it was easy for me to slip into a “lazy” run daily. About a 1/3 of my original run.
But then Meshach came along and well I had to start taking him for walk/runs twice a day. Then I decided well we’d just have play dates for him with neighbor dogs for the “second” workout of the day…while I stood watch. Notice I said, “stood“. Then, sadly, Meshach’s seizures began and he would overheat easily as his blood pressure would skyrocket during a seizure. So the play dates had to be with those who were out early in the morning since by now it was late spring (which means HOT in NM). We only have one friend who does that so Meshach’s play dates were once a week instead of about 5 days per week. I had to find a way to keep Meshach in shape and so I began taking him on those long walks through the natural arroyos and hills out here. He would run and zoom all over the place but always stayed close and he never ventured toward the dirt roads either. That’s because I taught him about that when he was still little…and stayed consistent with it.
So Meshach got his needed exercise and in the late evenings (summer) we’d go play ball and frisbee with him which he loved. After we had to put him down, we went five long months just walking those lonely hills without our boy.
We slowed down in the walk. We took our time. About four months later, we decided we needed to walk our neighbor’s dog, Stella – she has another dog living with her now and so she is no longer alone. THAT was the catalyst to ME getting back into shape as it was more of a run/sprint/jog than a walk with Stella lol.
Then enter King. He is not good off-leash as Meshach was so I can’t let him go off-lead. BUT he is VERY high energy, so what to do? You guessed, I had to get my behind in gear. So I began running with him through those hills. The 50 minute or hour long walk has now become a 35 minute RUN! I run with hiking boots on through mostly sand with King. The first half is all uphill and the second half is all downhill. But ALL of it is in sand.
The Giddy Game involves ME having to play, run, hide, etc. now. ALL of King’s activities require my involvement. When I filmed him in the pool I was in a bathing suit getting fresh air and sunshine myself.
I have definitely dropped weight and gotten back into running shape. I am running faster than I have in years. I have weight lifted for years and also done pilates for the last four years. So you see, my dogs help motivate ME to be in and stay in shape. I have always exercised all my life, but my dogs motivate me to be better. They motivate me to rise above my limitations and improve.
If you aren’t doing likewise, I hope this will encourage you to give it a go. And if you are, I hope you will share your comments here on how your dogs help you be the best you, you can be!
Until next time…
Have a pawsitively, tail waggin’, NATUROPATHICALLY healthy day!
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