I have confessed before that, although we love nothing more than hiking or going on adventures, I pretty much drop the ball when it comes to regular, daily exercise. Oh, we DO get out for walks or jogs but don’t do anything on a regular basis.
I know people who walk their small dogs up to 4 hours a day! There is no way I could manage that but there is a huge gap between sporadic (where we are at) and 4-hour walks a day.
Thanks to diet and the exercise they do get, Chester and Gretel are at a very healthy weight. Me? Not so much. I would like to blame everything that has gone on with me for the last year and medical issues for the lack of activity, the abundant consumption of sweets and weight gain but I can’t. It really boils down to apathy/laziness and lack of commitment.
Chester and Gretel are in great physical shape but I know they could use more mental stimulation. I can see the boredom in their eyes when we are sitting around all day for the third day in a row. Chester has started barking at any and every noise that could be interpreted as someone at our door…like me setting my glass down on the wood table!
The thing is I KNOW that we should be walking every day. I KNOW that dogs make great workout partners. I KNOW I need to get healthier.
I have decided to create a challenge for us. I am making it a goal to walk 30 minutes a day for 30 days starting on New Years Day. I chose something that is obtainable for me while still being outside of my comfort zone. I am not going to hold us to a certain time every day because our lifestyle calls for flexibility. I am not even going to say that the 30 minutes will be completed all at once. There may be some days where we will have to make due with two 15-minute walks.
I know I am not the only one out there that knows they need to start down a healthier road but has failed to do it. I know that Chester and Gretel are not the only dogs that need more exercise and mental stimulation.
So what do you say? Are any of you with us? We would love it if we had some partners in crime and knew we weren’t the only ones challenging ourselves.
UPDATE: If you are joining us, I created a badge you can display on your sidebar to let everyone know. Click here to get the badge.
I will post weekly updates and if you are taking the challenge with us you can let us know how it is going for you. If not, we would still appreciate your support.
Let the challenge begin.