The first month of 2017 has almost come to an end and it is clear that New Years resolutions are starting to fade as gyms get slower, workout classes don’t fill up as quickly, and fruits and vegetables are fully stocked in grocery stores. Why does this always happen? Why do so many Americans lose their motivation to stick to their healthy resolutions so quickly into the year… it may feel like a long month to you, but there’s 11 more that we’re ignoring!
I understand this wavering motivation, believe me… each and every day of my holiday break I woke up wondering if I would be easily driven to hit the pavement and get a few miles in or if I would talk myself out of it. I would tell myself it wasn’t necessary if I was not going to a family party or that as long as I did something that involved walking for a bit of the day, I didn’t need my morning workout. Then I wondered… what motivation technique could I use to push me on the days where I wasn’t easily self motivated? Then it hit me… well I guess you could say she licked me.
My baby girl Kitt (she’s the cutie above) LOVES it when I workout. She loves running to my room after I finish my run and helping me stretch and cool down (AKA she licks the salt on my arm from sweating and sits right next to my leg so she can feel included, and probably because it’s warm). She not only loves it when I workout, but loves it when I take her too. Dogs, especially small dogs, can be ignored workout wise because if you don’t walk them they don’t get as crazy as medium or large dogs, so you don’t feel like you HAVE to walk them, but you do! She LOVES going outside and loves exploring. She may not be the fastest pup in the world and may not be able to go 5 or more miles, but a walk up and down the street makes her the happiest dog alive and guess what – that’s exercise for you too!
So when motivation is waning… take a long look at those beautiful little eyes of your favorite pup, get a leash and get outside!