Trying to shed those extra holiday pounds, but can’t bring yourself to hit the gym? Why not start small, by adding more walks to your daily routine? And while you’re at it, why not bring your pet along for the stroll.
But be sure get off the well beaten path. Use these walks to explore new parts of your neighborhood. Most of us are creatures of habit, but it’s amazing what you and your pet can discover when you turn left where you usually turn right.
“Walks provide exercise, but they also provide a big helping of enrichment through the smells and sounds of the dog’s environment,” says Kristi Benson, a certified professional dog trainer, according to PetMD. “A walk is a great way to bond with your dog, and it’s a nice bonus that walking is healthy for us humans, too.”