Four legs to fitness!

Got a dog? If you’re reading this, the answer is probably yes, or else it’s “I’m planning on getting one soon.” Great! Grab the leash and get ready to hit the trail, sidewalks, or parks for a path to fitness! What better weekend to start a new fitness routine than Memorial Day weekend? Results of a recent study revealed that people who have dogs and regularly walk them are 34% more likely than those that don’t have dogs to meet government-mandated physical-activity guidelines, which equates to 30 minutes of “moderate” exercise each day, at least 5 days a week.

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Keep yourself – and your pet – sharp & fit with a daily walk!

[walkme] The benefit to our bodies from physical exercise is a fact we are all aware of, yet most of us still choose to relax on the couch than to get out for a run. Yet, regular moderate exercise has been found to be healthy not just for our hearts, but also for our heads. And the same goes for our dogs. For those of us that share our lives with one or more dogs, and walk them daily, chances are we are doing wonders for our brains, and our canine friends’ brains, without thinking too much about it.

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Downward Dog with a "Dogi" of Yoga!

Yoga WITH YOUR DOG? I needed to do some research on this new form of yoga, called [natch] “doga” before going any further. I immediately called Anne Appleby, Yoga Teacher and Founder of YogaForce (and of course, friend of earthbath), who also happens to be a Doga pioneer, for more information.

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What's the best way to stick to your New Year's exercise resolution? Answer: Your dog holds the key, and it's a leash.

Most dog owners won’t be surprised to hear that results from a new study, published in a recent NYTimes Well Blog, found that your dog is the best exercise partner you could ask for, in terms of ensuring consistency and gaining overall fitness improvement. Amazingly, people assigned to a group that had to take a bus well out of their way to an animal shelter in order to walk a dog daily stuck to their walking schedule much better than another group of people who chose a friend to walk with them on a trail close to their home. It turns out that the people who were supposed to walk together started influencing each other to skip their daily walks. Hmm, that sounds all too familiar. The last time my workout partner and I planned to hit a spin class together, somehow we ended up at happy hour instead.

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