Whether you’re working to incorporate your 2024 goals or resolutions into your lifestyle or looking forward to updating your routine to move more as we approach Spring, we (the Labradors) have a suggestion: Keep It Simple. We practice what we preach, our daily routine is: Eat, Sleep, Move…Repeat. We know you humans have more responsibilities than we do…we’re not working dogs…but if you want to stick to a health and wellness routine, it needs to be simple enough that you won’t get overwhelmed and give up. So figure out what you NEED to do, then add what you WANT to do, and make it sufficiently simple that you can do it consistently.
Whether you have 2 legs or 4, don’t over-complicate your health and wellness routine. Create a simple routine that you can maintain, consistently, throughout the year.
“Perfect” weather for the Labradors is below freezing with plenty of snow. If we waited for those “perfect” conditions, we’d get about 4 walks a year. So the Labs, and their staff, adapt to conditions and keep moving year-round.
Move more. Move often. Have fun with your movement. Remember to take breaks for chin scratches, belly rubs, and the occasional pup cup.
We haven’t moved to another hemisphere; this is a never-before-released Labrador Lesson from October 2023. The message from the Labs: don’t interfere with other trail users. Whether we’re walking, running, or shooting videos, we stay aware of our surroundings, so that our actions don’t interfere with the ability of other trail users to enjoy the trail. We give plenty of space when passing others (or being passed by runners or cyclists), and when we’re stopped, we step completely off the trail. Little actions can make a big difference in making the trails an enjoyable place to move.
Move more. Move often. Share the trail by not interfering with the activities of other trail users.
Whether you’re waiting to achieve a movement goal, or waiting for snow, try to be patient. We know; easier said than done. The Labradors have been desperately waiting for significant snowfall, and it’s finally here. They couldn’t be happier!
Move more. Move often. Remember: achieving movement goals takes time. Be patient.
If you’re interested in trying new movement activities in 2024, but you’re nervous about new adventures, enlist a trusted friend (or an experienced instructor) to be your guide. Last week, the Labs joined us on a road trip to explore the new FitLab HQ in Garrett County, MD. They loved playing in the snow and meeting new people. They were a bit anxious in the new house, but they weren’t scared because they trust their humans (aka, the Staff) to keep them safe.
Move more. Move often. Recruit a trusted friend (or instructor) and embrace new movement adventures in 2024.
Rest has 4 letters, but it’s NOT a “bad” word. Rest and recovery are essential to an active, healthy lifestyle. Make time to rest. Enjoy your rest days without guilt. Your rest days will allow you to move more in the future. Last Wednesday, the labs enjoyed a rest day, complete with oatmeal baths at the Tractor Supply “spa.” They resumed their regular movement routine on Thursday, clean and energized.
Move more. Move often. Incorporate rest and recovery into your movement routine.
The Labradors don’t make New Year’s Resolutions. If something in their routine needs to be changed, their humans make the change right away. But if you’re looking for a resolution for 2024, consider resolving to Move More.
Move more. Move often. Move with your dogs. Have a happy, healthy, movement-filled new year.
Spending too much time talking about (or thinking about) your movement plan may actually prevent you from moving. Of course, do enough research and planning to stay safe, then get up and get moving. (Safety first…that’s why the Labs keep their human on a leash.) After your movement session, share your pics and insights…then keep moving!
Move more. Bark less. Make movement part of your lifestyle.
It’s the holiday season, and there’s nothing wrong with buying a few fun presents for your pets. Treats, toys, fancy collars and leashes are great. But remember that your pets REALLY want your time and attention. Commit to spending time with your pets…not just during the holidays. Whether moving outside or hanging out at home, pets enjoy spending quality time with their humans.
Move more. Move often. Move with your dogs. Give the gift of time to your pets. Have a happy, healthy, movement-filled holiday season.