Everyday my dog demands his nightly walk and on weekends, he knows he gets some off-leash frisbee time. He never lets me forget about it or slack off! I get exercise and it just feels good to know I'm doing something good for both of us!
To take away stress and tension I remove myself from the situation by walking with Sparkie my puppy. Long walks soothe us both. Some how the fresh air and time spent with a friend makes for a better day. Unconditional Love can do wonders for ones morale
I know this isn't healthy lifestyle related, but I have to give a good review to the Litter Locker contraption. It stores waste that you scoop from your cat box in a odor blocking way. It uses a system similar to the Diaper Genie with bags and a compartment that both help block the scent. I now have 1 less thing to stress about - because it makes keeping the litter box sanitary so much easier.
Make sure to pay attention to your pets during the hustle & bustle of the holidays. With all of the changes and new sites and smells going on in their environment, it can be quite a stressful time for pets. Be aware that your pet may "act out" or do things they wouldn't ordinarily do, like chew on or get into things. Electric cords, tinsel, glass ornaments, candles, spray on-snow (some are non-toxic-read the label), ribbons, plastic or foil wrapping, etc. can be very dangerous to your pet.
When I don't feel like walking I tell my dogs that we are going for a walk. They understand what that means and their excitement is enough to get me excited. If the excitement weren't quite enough then the thought of how disappointed they would be if we didn't go and the looks I would get would be.
Tough day at the office? Laid off and no office? Give a cat or dog some affection. Animals can help you de-stress and lower your blood pressure.
There's no better motivation than a smile. You can make a dog smile and get in some much needed active minutes by just hooking on that leash and taking off! They need the activity too and if your dog is an active breed it gives them a job and alleviates boredom. Plus, you watch...they'll smile!