How a dog can help you develop a habit of walking regularly

walking a dog

As a child, I loved walking.  I love getting out in nature, walking in the mountains and on the beaches, away from buildings and the sound of the city.  It’s very peaceful.  I love walking in my neighborhood meeting my neighbors.

Through being a personal trainer as an adult I continued to make time for walking and hiking.  Recently, I’ve been trying to work on creating courses and stuff online.  I have been wrestling with the thought of working on creating stuff and walking. 

I still have the instinct to walk but have made a decision to work on stuff instead of walking.  I’ve had to talk myself into walking and remind myself of the benefits.

Recently, we got a dog and realize I need to walk the dog to go to the bathroom outside and get exercise.  I’ve been wanting to get back into walking.  Woody has helped me to get back into walking regularly and meeting my neighbors.  When you have a dog depending on you to get out and walk, it doesn’t give you the option to say I’m not in the mood, I’m too tired, I’ll walk tomorrow or another day, or whatever excuse.   

I can see how people can get into a habit of waking up and not walking.  It’s easy to put it off.  I have heard this from many of my clients and people that I have spoken to over the years.

Here is a fitness tracking device called the Fitbit Charge 2 which can help you to stay on track with your walks and workouts and help you to see how much you have done.  It can encourage and motivate you.  I have a number of Fitbits tracking devices on my website if you are interested in looking.  I have clients who have used them and benefited a lot.

Getting a dog has helped me to develop a habit of walking regularly.

If you have a dog, how do you feel about walking your dog regularly?

Jonathan Rose wants as many people as possible to reap the amazing benefits of exercising regularly and eating healthy.  He provides people with exercise programs that are specifically designed for them to set them up for success to get on a well rounded exercise program helping them:  get stronger, more flexible, reduce weight and body fat if needed, improve posture, improve balance, mobility and agility, as well as stamina.  

Since 1992 he has been training children, adults and seniors to help them get in their best shape.  He specializes in working with seniors and people with Parkinson’s. He is very concerned about older people getting regular exercise so they have the strength, mobility and balance to live their lives and to decrease their vulnerability to falling.  He also trains caregivers and family members to help incorporate exercise in the people they are taking care of.  He develops programs for people who have Parkinson’s to manage and reduce their symptoms and teaches the caregivers and family members to help manage as well.  He teaches them exercises and stretches to do.  

Jonathan has a degree in Exercise Science and is a NASM Master Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Senior Specialist, Weight Loss Specialist, and Behavior Change Specialist.  He is also a Corrective Exercise Specialist in The Biomechanics Method as well as has two certifications by Gary Gray, Certification in Applied Functional Science and 3D Maps.

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