We have landed another addition to our family. Well actually he is still with mummy right now but he will join us at the end of the month.
So say a big “HELLO” to Demon:
He is six weeks old right now and will be the puppy that we have wanted for years. We last had a dog in 2003 and unfortunately because we have spent the last few years in rental accommodation there has never really been the right time to own.
Until now that is…..
But even though we think of having a dog for a new addition to our family what we also have to think about is the benefits of having a dog on our health.
The long walks
I look back to when we last had a dog (she was an Alsatian called Molly) and we used to love taking her on long walks in the countryside and she absolutely loved it and so did we!
We would go for days out, evening walks and take her to the local lakes and it was beautiful and so much fun. But over the years when you don’t have a dog you just fail to make the effort.
So roll on now and we are looking forward to going down the country lanes with our boy and showing him the great outdoors.
I worked out recently that I would roughly burn 250 calories on each short dog walk so I am looking forward to how much I will burn on a long one!
Sometimes you just can’t be bothered to get moving. You want to have lazy days in front of the television and you having a puppy just gives you the opportunity to have an excuse to get moving and to have some kind of focus. You’re no longer thinking that walking is for exercise, but walking is for spending time with a cute dog.
Working off your supper
What I love about having a dog is that they need to have an evening walk in order to go to the toilet. Well with having a puppy you can then have your evening meal and then go for a walk and work off some of that meal. Imagine if you went for a walk for 30 minutes and burned 175 calories, then imagine that your main meal is just 475 calories. That is like now saying that your main meal was just 300 calories.
The best exercise ever
I am no doctor, but whenever they talk about the best exercise for obese people it is always good old walking. There is not a more natural exercise in the world and stops us all from simply driving everywhere and never actually doing any walking!
If you’re looking for exercise that you can’t give up after a week (like most fitness goals) then this is it and I am thoroughly looking forward to getting out more!
So here is to us as a family and our new fitness partner.