How to Keep Your Pets Healthy All Year
No matter where you live, it seems that there’s always a sweet spot for working out outdoors. Like Goldilocks, you want a day that is not too hot, not too cold, but just right!
On those days, it’s easy to get out the door for your run, your soccer match, your bootcamp, or whatever else gets your fitness juices going. But what about when the snow is falling or when you need gloves and a mask just to venture outside? What about those days when you can scarcely open the front door without being drenched by sweat or burned by the sun?
And if it’s hard for you, imagine what the weather changes do to your pets! The winter seasons tend to pack pounds not just on humans but also on our four-legged friends, so it’s critical to stay as active as possible. There are outdoor games to play and of course, with some modifications, you can move your workouts indoors and still keep the blood moving. And if you think you’re warm on that hot summer’s day, try getting through it with a heavy fur coat on, as our furry friends often must.
Don’t think that your pets’ weight is that important? A recent survey found that between 40–55 percent of our furry friends are overweight or obese, meaning that they have excess body weight of 10–15 percent. In a human, that would be alarming, and in a dog, it can be devastating!
Some of the many problems that can be caused by even a few extra pounds include osteoarthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart or kidney disease, cancer, and a significantly decreased life expectancy (maybe up to 2 ½ years!).
Most people think that when it’s cold, they need to be less careful about staying hydrated, but it’s just not true. For both you and Skippy, make sure that you’re taking water breaks. You sweat even when it’s snowing out, especially when you incorporate cardio into your workout. Don’t wait to be thirsty to drink up. And it goes without saying that in extremely warm conditions, plenty of water is an absolute must for any sort of physical activity.