res·o·lu·tion – a firm decision to do or not do something.
It’s once again the season of resolutions – a time to reflect on the small or large goals that we can set to improve our lives for the year to come. For some, resolutions revolve around health or happiness goals, and for others, financial, personal or professional goals. Two questions that have been coming up here at the Ruffwear office are, “how do our dogs help us achieve our resolutions?” and “does your dog have a resolution?”
We know that the answer to the first question will likely be, “it depends on the resolution.” It’s true, you dog might not help you reach those financial goals (unless they are a movie star!), but they can definitely assist you with your personal and health related goals.
Here are some ways that we believe dogs may help with your personal or health resolutions.
– Dogs are excellent running partners (see Top Ten Reasons Why Dogs Are Better Running Partners). They will never turn you down, they encourage you get out every day and they don’t care if it is raining or snowing.
– Even a couple of walks a day can do wonders for your health. “According to a 2006 study done by Canadian researchers at the University of Victoria, dog owners were more likely to participate in mild to moderate physical activity. They walked an average of 300 minutes per week, compared with non-dog owners, who walked an average of 168 minutes per week.” (livescience.com)
– We over-analyze the ingredient labels of the dog food that we purchase to feed our dogs so why not apply that practice to the food we feed ourselves? Thinking about the food that we feed our dogs can be a great reminder to eat simple, healthy meals and keep our portions in check!
– Want to spend more time on your mountain bike in 2014? With the proper training and conditioning, dogs make for perfect trail mates. Just take a look at this video of Lily the hard charging Jack Russell Terrier! Once you have your pup ready to hit the trail, they will serve as encouragement to get out, even when you feel like staying on the couch.
Dogs are great reminders for us to eat simple, get outdoors, and play often. A simple wag of the tail can bring a smile to your face after a stressful day. So the questions we want to ask you are, what goals have you set that your canine companion can help you achieve? Does your dog have a new year’s resolution?
Reply in the comments below or let us know on our Facebook page.