Happy New Year & Fighting the Xmas Flab!

A Happy New Year to you and of course your pets; I really hope you all shared some lovely Christmas’ together. But are you feeling like your body outline’s gone from a skinny Whippet to a curvy chocolate Lab in the space of the last three weeks?

We all do it. Year after year we have that lovely little extra helping of Christmas pud on the condition that our New Year’s resolution will be to get fit (again).  But more often than not we don’t have the time, can’t be bothered, or simply just tire of exercise routines, making little progress in getting fitter and/or healthier.

You’ll all know that walking your dog is one of the most effective forms of physical activity and a key factor in the health and well-being of your dog; helping you shed some of these extra pounds – especially when you consider that it is estimated that most of us eat around 7,000 calories on Christmas day alone!

And if you really want to go for it with your canine chum in 2009 then why not consider taking up agility? Talk about ‘every box being ticked’? Fitness, stamina, bonding, traveling around our beautiful countryside – it’s not hard to see why this is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK right now.

So don’t be a couch potato, switch off the telly, wrap up warm and take your dog for a walk. Regularly walking your dog is so good for you for so many reasons. 30 minutes of brisk dog walking can burn around 300 calories (the equivalent to a typical portion of Christmas pudding) and as little as a brisk thirty-minute walk, five times a week will give you a longer life expectancy, reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and osteoporosis.

That’s only 1.5% of the total time in a week and for a priority like improving your health; an excellent investment of time and effort.

The benefits of owning a pet are clear. Walking your dog on a regular basis helps keep you, your family and your pet healthy. Furthermore, it’s also important that you worm your pet regularly and please always remember to ‘scoop that poop’!

I’m really looking forward to what 2009 has in store for our pet world – especially Crufts and the first-ever Ultimate Pet Show, which is also at the NEC in May. Of course there’s also Cold Wet Nose, Wag & Bone, Discover Dogs, and a host of other pet delights on their way…

Happy and healthy New Year to everyone and your pets – see you around.

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