More commonly known as ‘man’s best friend’, a dog is effectively your most reliable personal trainer.
Everyone knows that moving is good for your health so pounding the pavement and running round the park with your furry friend is definitely a move in the right direction in getting off the sofa and being active.
It is recommended that we do 150 minutes of physical activity per week to stay healthy. That's just 30 minutes per day! This not only enables your four legged friend to build vital muscle and burn calories, but also provides the same benefits for the human on the other end of the lead too.
Getting the blood pumping with some physical activity will keep your blood pressure in check as well as your fat levels down. It can also eliminate back pain while protecting your body from common health problems keeping you feeling younger for longer.
And it’s not just your physical health that reaps the rewards. Exercise is known to reduce stress and release the positive hormones which contribute to a healthy mind. Feeling more relaxed and happier in yourself we know is the key to a healthy lifestyle. The same can be said for your dog. Getting active together through exercise will strengthen the bond between you. It will also help you both feel accomplished, connected to the world around you and will increase your mental alertness, energy and positive mood.
So, grab a lead, pull on your walking shoes and get moving!
The Maccabi GB Community Dog Walk and Show promotes sport, health and wellbeing involving the whole family for an active Jewish Community. This event has been a long standing Community favourite and the reason for this is simple: all members of the family can get involved. The Community enjoy coming together in an environment where they can spend time with each other and have the opportunity to get active.
Join us on Sunday 28th May at Sunny Hill Park, Hendon where the Maccabi GB Community Dog Walk and Show returns for more activities for the whole family. Visit www.maccabigb.org/communitydogwalk to find out more and to sign up.