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Did you know that man’s ultimate best friend can also be man’s best workout partner?

According to research, most dog owners who go outside with their dogs on a regular basis walk an average of 22 minutes more per day compared to non-dog owners. That 22 minutes of walking a dog each day, when done at moderate pace, surpasses the recommended physical activity requirements of 150 minutes each week, which means that being a dog owner can actually be good for your health.

Daily walks at the park or around the neighbourhood is not the only exercise you can do with a pooch, though, as there are also a few more other ways to get fit with them.

Do you already have a furry buddy? In this post, you’ll find five exercises that you can do together.

  • Jogging or Running

What better way to increase stamina and strengthen muscles than to do it outdoors with your dog? This cardio workout must be done at a track suitable for animals to ensure that your dog won’t struggle while jogging or running. It’s also important to remember that you should avoid doing this exercise during hot periods of the day, and that you should stop when your dog wants to rest or when he’s lagging behind you. Oh, and don’t forget to bring some water for you and your dog’s rehydration.

  • Playing Catch

Playing catch is a classic canine workout that can be very fun for both the dog and the owner. It can be done outside at the nearby park or at your own yard, or inside at the comfort of your own home, given that there’s enough space for your little pup to run around. To play fetch with your dog, you don’t necessarily have to use a fancy Frisbee. Don’t get me wrong, Frisbees are great for playing catch. But his favourite toy or a little ball will be more than enough.

  • Hiking
Dogs and exercise

Hiking is an amazing recreational activity that offers numerous health benefits, including lower stress levels, improved control over healthy weight, lower blood pressure, improved mood, and so much more. Some of these benefits can also be enjoyed by your canine companion, too, which makes it something that is even more fun and worthwhile to do. But before you go hiking with your dog, you should remember to plan accordingly, choose your trail wisely, go off leash, pack smart, and adjust for your pup’s age and experience. Being prepared ensures that the entire hike goes well for you and Fido.

  • Swimming

Swimming is a low-impact exercise that also happens to be an awesome all-around healthy activity for both humans and canines. Since it’s a low-impact workout that’s easy on the joints, swimming is incredibly beneficial for anyone (people and dogs) with arthritis. And because it’s an all-around healthy activity, it can provide everything that we need: exercise (cardio to muscles), stimulation, and an opportunity to cool down. Whether you do it in a pool, a lake, or the sea – swimming will do wonders for you and your furry body.

  • Dancing

There’s a reason why most fitness clubs incorporate dancing into their group exercise programs – it is a fun way to get fit. But dancing with a dog (also called musical canine freestyle) is very different compared to the normal dancing that we do. In musical freestyle, it combines elements of obedience training, tricks and dance to create a fun and creative interaction between the dog and the owner. When dancing with your dog, don’t forget to let them wear cute dog clothes, dog bandanas are also a very popular option to make your pooch look even more adorable while going through the routines. As for its benefits, dancing can help dogs improve their fitness and develop their flexibility. It can also lead to better weight management, improved condition of the heart and lungs, increased aerobic fitness, and better coordination, among others.

When we’re too busy living our lives, we tend to take for granted many things that we directly or indirectly interact with every single day.

Sometimes though it can be good to reflect and be grateful for these ‘little’ things that play a role, big or small, in our lives will take us one step closer to happiness and achieve mindfulness.

  • Music

Can you imagine living in a world without even hearing Beethoven’s 5th Symphony? How about in a world without the iconic hits from The Beatles, Michael Jackson, or Queen? Life would be dark and bland without music, so we should always appreciate it whenever we have the chance. Music has a way of creating and boosting very important emotions that help make you human. It also brings people together in a creative and inspiring way. Whether you’re into classical music, heavy metal, hip-hop, pop, or any genre, music will keep on making a significant impact on your life.

  • Books

And even though they won’t be able to reciprocate our appreciation for their existence, expressing our gratitude for them can take us a step closer to happiness and help us achieve mindfulness.

Here are just some of the things that we tend to take for granted.

  • Water

Water. We can’t go on a day without it, but have you ever shown your appreciation for it? We need clean water to hydrate our body and help push food down our throat. We use it to clean dishes, clothes, and other essential objects. And even the plants and animals we eat also need water to grow and survive. In addition to everything that was mentioned, water is also used to generate electricity for towns and cities.

  • Air

The air we breathe is a critical resource that many of us take for granted because, well, it has always been there ever since we gained consciousness. It also seems like something that won’t be going anywhere in our lifetime. But even if that’s the case, we should never take air for granted. After all, everybody from humans to animals to plants need to breathe, and all living beings in this world will cease to exist without the oxygen from air.

  • Glass
Amazing Glass

Glass is a brilliant material that has plenty of applications in the current age, which means that modern life would be close to nothing without it. Many of the important products that we use every day are either made of glass or have glass as an essential component. Examples of such products are glass splashbacks that wonderfully complement our kitchen countertops, round bathroom mirrors that we use to view reflection and windows that help add natural light, protection and insulation to our structures.  

  1. Music

Can you imagine living in a world without even hearing Beethoven’s 5th Symphony? How about in a world without the iconic hits from The Beatles, Michael Jackson, or Queen? Life would be dark and bland without music, so we should always appreciate it whenever we have the chance. Music has a way of creating and boosting very important emotions that help make you human. It also brings people together in a creative and inspiring way. Whether you’re into classical music, heavy metal, hip-hop, pop, or any genre, music will keep on making a significant impact on your life.

  • Books
 wonder of books

Whether you’re into reading books or not, there’s no denying that they play a vital role in our life and to society in general. And whether it’s an audio book, an electronic book, or an actual paper book, all types of books are equally important to each and every human being – from young kids to old people. Why? Because books, no matter the type, give us access to a vast amount of knowledge that we can use to help improve ourselves, or to contribute to the betterment of society. Books teach us about society, history, and other relevant information in this world. And the fictional ones show everyone that the creative potential of human beings are limitless.

Plucking, shaving, waxing and tweezing – all are popular techniques for the removal of unwanted hair. The fix they provide, however, is only temporary.

Laser hair removal is the ultimate solution to everyone’s unwanted hair problems. It is a process that involves destroying the hair follicles by exposing them to pulses of intense laser light. And it was not until 1995 and 1996 when laser hair removal was made commercially available at laser clinics, making it fairly new as a cosmetic procedure.

Once the hair follicle is destroyed by the laser light, it will lose its ability to regrow hair for a very long period of time. And the person who received the laser hair removal treatment can enjoy smooth, hairless skin on their face, arm, underarm, leg, or the treated area.

However, several treatment sessions are required to achieve desired results, with the exact number of treatments depending on the skin colour, the area of the body being worked on, and other parameters. The average number of treatments it takes to get the full result is between 8 and 12.

If you need a little bit more convincing before deciding to get a laser hair removal procedure, here are the undeniable benefits of this high-tech hair removal method:

  • It’s a Relatively Painless Procedure
Permanent hair removal

Everyone knows that waxing, plucking and tweezing are conventional hair removal methods that never fail to deliver pain. Shaving is mostly painless, but sometimes the razor can cause accidental nicks and cuts that are annoyingly painful. With laser hair removal, however, the entire process is guaranteed to be far less painful and the laser machine comes with a cooling mechanism.

  • It’s Treatment Speed is Fast

While it takes multiple sessions to get full results, each treatment session can take anywhere from less than a minute to around one hour, depending on the area being treated. This is because a laser hair removal device can only cover roughly the size of a quarter every second. So the larger area, the longer it takes for a session to finish.

  • It’s Been Proven to be Very Effective

Results are everything when it comes to cosmetic procedures, and laser hair removal has been proven to be a very effective method a lot of times already. In fact, it only takes an average of 8 to 12 sessions before a patient can see the real results of his/her hair removal treatment. Considering that it is a long-term solution to a recurring problem which only requires a few sessions, laser hair removal is indeed a very effective method for destroying the hair.

Chronic bad breath, also known as halitosis, is an oral health condition that is caused by poor dental hygiene or certain foods and health conditions.

In most cases, bad breath can be really embarrassing, especially if other people get an accidental whiff of it. The unpleasant odour of bad breath is so nasty that it has the potential to cause many issues in the life of someone who is suffering from it. Bad breath can ruin relationships, produce embarrassing moments, drive away someone you fancy, and even cause anxiety.

However, there are steps you can take to reduce or even eliminate bad breath.

  • Visit the Dentist Regularly

First and foremost, before trying any other tips, it’s important for preventative dentistry that you see your dentist regularly. If you have some form of mouth disease that is causing your breath to stink, a simple visit to the dentist can pinpoint what the exact problem is, which makes it easier to fix the smelly issue. But whether you have mouth disease or not, a dentist will be able to provide dental services or the right solution for your bad breath problem.

  • Brush Your Teeth Twice/Thrice a Day
What to do about bad breath

While this is a no-brainer, some people struggle to follow an oral hygiene routine due to either laziness or lack of discipline. What these type of people need to realize is that brushing your teeth at least twice a day can help fight bad breath as it removes any plaque and food debris accumulated throughout the day. For ideal results, brush your teeth thrice a day – in the morning, after lunch, and before going to bed.

  • Floss After Every Meal

Flossing is an underappreciated aspect of oral hygiene that plays an important role in preventing bacteria from building up in your mouth. It will remove any stubborn food debris stuck between your teeth, which can be a breeding ground for bad breath-causing bacteria if left unremoved.

  • Use a Mouthwash

One of the best ways to avoid oral health issues and fight bad breath is using a mouthwash in conjunction with brushing and flossing. The three are like the holy trinity of good oral hygiene. Using a mouthwash helps freshen the breath, remove any loose particles, and stop cavities from forming. Depending on your preference, you can either make your own mouthwash using natural ingredients or buy a mouthwash product from the local store.

  • Drink Plenty of Water Daily

Dry mouth is among the common causes of bad breath, but you can fight it by drinking lots of water daily as water can improve saliva flow and keep your mouth moist. Saliva is essential for moistening and cleansing our mouth throughout the day. It also helps prevent the onset of bacterial and fungal infections by keeping them at bay. If you have dry mouth, it means that your body isn’t producing enough saliva for your mouth.

When you’re pumping the iron to build strength and increase endurance, it’s important to remember that exercising alone won’t let you reap maximum gains. Because if you want to make the most out of your strength training workouts, eating the right foods is the key – and avoiding the bad ones is equally crucial.

According to both fitness and nutrition experts, maximizing your protein intake is essential for those who are seeking optimal results in strength training. You can do that by eating a meal or snack that contains high-quality protein after every strength workout, as it helps your body reinvigorate the muscles that have been affected during the exercise session.

Instead of relying on the supplements that your personal trainer pitched to you, try your best to get most of your protein from meals or snacks. At least that way, your body will only be taking in healthy protein and other high-quality nutrients from safe, natural sources.

But which nutrient-dense foods in particular are the best when it comes to training for strength? Let’s find out so that you know what to do after your next visit to the 24 hour fitness gym:

Lean Organic Beef

Lean organic beef is not only an excellent source of protein, but it is also an ideal source of omega-3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). CLA, for the uninitiated, is a healthy fat clinically proven to help with fat loss as well as strength and muscle mass building. Consume at least 8oz of lean ground organic beef after a workout session for best results. You can also pair it with brown rice or fresh veggies for a complete, healthy meal.

Eggs

Ah, eggs. They are irresistibly delicious, surprisingly affordable, and incredibly rich in important amino acids and protein. Those are the reasons why many people consider eggs as the perfect source of protein. Whether you eat an egg for breakfast, lunch, or dinner – your body will be able to take in the positive benefits that this wonder food brings. In any regular meal, the amount of eggs you need to consume are three extra-large ones.

Brown Rice

Unlike white rice that has had its most nutritious parts removed, brown rice is a whole grain that contains it all – from the carb-rich endosperm to the fibrous bran. The quality fibre content of brown rice will provide your body enough energy to last for the rest of the day, which happens because fibre helps slow down the process of digestion and maintain steady levels of insulin. Consume one cup of cooked brown rice for lunch or dinner for optimal strength gains.

Broccoli

This member of the cabbage family is one of the best side foods for people trying to make the most out of their strength workouts. That is because broccoli contains a naturally occurring chemical that weakens the strength of oestrogens in your body, which in turn helps promote muscle strength and growth, and reduce water retention and fat gain. Apart from that, broccoli also contains a compound that improves joint and muscle recovery. Consume one cup of chopped broccoli as a side with any meal.

Chicken Breast

Strength Training Food

Chicken breast is an excellent source of protein that also happens to be very lean, which means that it is perfect for managing your calorie intake. A single 3-ounce serving of chicken breast contains 20 grams of protein and only 94 calories, so it’s absolutely a great food when you’re building strength. The only issue with this wonder food is that it’s a hassle to prepare, but the Internet is filled to the brim with chicken breast recipes that you can easily try out. Whether for lunch or dinner, a balanced chicken breast meal is enough for your body.

Are you trying to lose weight through exercise? Before you get started, it’s important to remember that weight loss isn’t for everyone. There are just some cases where losing weight isn’t the healthiest option for an individual, especially for those who had episodes of eating disorders in the past. But if you think you’re in the clear, then by all means you should go for it. After all, health is always wealth, and losing weight is generally a healthy thing to do.

There are plenty of workouts that are particularly designed for weight loss, so it can sometimes be a headache to try and figure out which ones are best suited for your age and fitness level. For that reason, we made a list of the top four weight loss workouts that deliver quality results. By the end of this list, you’ll be more than ready to burn off that unnecessary fat away from your body. Let’s get started

1.   Crossfit

CrossFit is extremely popular throughout the entire world for one good reason: it’s insanely effective. This training program consists of varied short and highly intense workouts (based on functional movements) that are meant to improve overall strength and conditioning. In CrossFit, you may be doing anything from front squats to kettlebell swings, depending on what specific routines or exercises the trainer prescribed for the day. The variation and intensity of the workouts in CrossFit are super effective for losing weight.

2. Jump Rope

Jumping rope is a full-body workout that can burn a whopping 318 calories every 30 minutes and have your heart racing. The key to jumping rope is to fire up your glutes and quads for a better takeoff – and engage your core for a smoother landing after every jump. For a calorie-busting workout that can be performed with a cheap and handy tool, jumping rope is definitely a blessing for every weight loss enthusiast.

3. Interval Training

Interval training is a type of workout that has been utilized by regular individuals, fitness enthusiasts, and athletes for many years to build fitness, including losing weight. It essentially combines short, intense bursts of speed with slow, gentle recovery phases in a single exercise session. In other words: you’ll go hard, take an active rest, and go hard again – enough to burn tons of calories, even at its signature short workout intervals. There are various styles of interval training that are great for weight loss, including high-intensity interval training (HIIT), indoor cycling, and hill repeats, among others.

4. Weight Training

 

Weight training is one of the most effective methods to burn fat and build muscle. In fact, some fitness experts consider weight training as the best weight loss workout out there. Weight training can help you build lean muscle and increase your metabolism, which aids in the weight loss aspect. Once your muscles have been built and strengthened using a dumbbell, barbell, kettlebell, or any other weight training equipment – your muscle mass will burn at least 30 calories for every pound. Now, can you see why weight training, as a type of workout for weight loss, is highly regarded among fitness experts?