As is typical of me, I got off the fitness track by late summer. The only thing that was different this year was that I at least kept the dogs on track with getting exercise, even if it didn’t have the variety I know is better for them.
We still did some walking and Cricket and I did a little jogging, but not as much of either of them as I would have liked, and we didn’t get out swimming more like I wanted to either. Frankly, the summer wasn’t hot enough for much swimming, but it was still buggy enough to make it frustrating getting out there to walk. August always ends up being busy with social/family events and the month flies by and before you know it, summer is over. The one big difference this year was that I at least didn’t slack on getting the dogs out in the yard playing fetch:
- We were outside almost every single day playing.
- We even got out on rainy days (as long as it wasn’t pouring), though we didn’t really have many of those.
- We filled the pool when it was hot so the dogs could cool off, and we played for at least 30-45 minutes daily. On days when I worked at home, and on weekends, we often got an hour or more of play time.
- Cricket works the hardest, since she does most of the fetching, but when she is screwing around….cruising the yard with the ball in her mouth, tracking where it’s been, Sheba and Luke are often running around wrestling and playing bitey face, getting a little more exercise that way!
- When Luke has his turn to catch the ball, he plays keep away with it, and the girls will chase him around trying to get it back.
So, at least the dogs got their exercise, but what was really lacking was the Momz getting her exercise. Throwing the ball for the dogs gets me outside and moving some, one step better than doing nothing, but I knew I needed more. Here’s how I upped my game just a bit:
- I do several rounds of the yard cleaning up poop to start with. The yard is just big enough that I never find it all on the first round! It’s like a treasure hunt….OK, not really that much fun.
- I started walking laps around the perimeter of the yard in between throwing the ball, instead of just standing there waiting for Cricket to come back to me. Since Sheba and Luke don’t do as much running as Cricket does, I keep them moving more this way too. I call them to me to walk with me.
- Each lap I do one sprint up and down the stairs of the deck, and Luke almost always does that with me. No, this is not the most exciting way to get exercise, but it’s better than just standing there like I was doing!
- In the mornings I leave my coffee in the house, so I’m forced even more to go up and down those deck stairs whenever I want a sip (which is often since I’m a coffee addict)! I think sometimes simple little things like that can help (I’m one of those people that always parks far away from where I’m going…..it drives my friends crazy).
Now with the weather changing to fall, and cooling off very quickly this year, hopefully some things will change:
- We’ll get back into running or jogging more. I just need to come up with a plan. It helps that we can now walk any time of the day, without the heat being a factor, or the bugs being worse in the morning.
- Where we used to be inside in the evening hiding from the hot sun blaring on the deck, now my hubby and I are often outside trying to get the last warmth of the sun before it goes down (so much earlier)! The dogs come out with us and are even getting a little more late evening exercise! That’s when the impromptu game of Frisbee/football came about, which I shared photos of this week on my Wordless Wednesday – K9 Huddle post. It seems like it cools down and gets dark so much earlier now, but even if we get out there for another 15-20 minutes in the evening, I think that’s great!
- Luke has started back with some obedience training, which I’ll write more about in another post. We’ve been having some private lessons with a great trainer, and he’s learning clicker training (I mean my hubby and I are learning!). He’s doing great with it, and he gets two 10 minute sessions per day, one with me and one with my hubby.
- We hope to start some clicker training with the girls as well, because you can teach an old dog new tricks, and the girls have never been formally trained. I think it will be great for them. I’ve been working with Cricket in the yard to get her to stop barking when she wants me to throw the ball….and she’s getting better already!
That will also give us something else to do this winter, when we’re stuck inside more. Let’s face it: that will be here before we know it too, so we might as well start planning ahead!
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