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My absolute FAVORITE exercise is walking my dog as we both work toward being thinner and healthier. I wasn't looking for a dog when I found him, but apparently Someone knew what would get me motivated to move. When I won't do it for myself, I WILL do it for Buddy! Anyone can do this, and any pace is okay, so those of us who are really heavy can feel successful from the get-go. I've lost 40, and Buddy's lost 3! YAY US!

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The only thing you need is a willing four-legged friend, a comfortable leash for him/her, and your regular walking gear. If you don't have a four-legged friend, do a little research and consider adopting from your local shelter. You won't regret it!
- Submitted by LAMSCATS 1/4/2011 in Exercise | 13 Comments
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MSDELISLE 2/14/2013 10:38:00 AM

    Due to hip problems, Gumbo and I take two short walks instead of one long walk most days. He is maintaining a healthy weight which is better for him and I am working on losing. My walks with him are the best ever! I didn't now I wanted or needed a dog but so happy that my neighbor thought so a bit over two years ago and gave me a 5 week old puppy. He is my best friend and I can't imagine life without him.
-RESAMARIE 2/28/2013 10:33:00 AM

    I Liver to walk my dogs too! On emoticon e is also named Buddy! Have a great time outside with your pal.
PYNETREE 2/14/2013 9:40:00 AM

    I unfortunately can't walk our dog.. I'm pulled down every time I have to walk him.
Sometime with strange consequences...late one night, last summer, just after 4th of July, I had to walk him, we got only four houses away, someone set off leftover fireworks, Finch turned, and ran for our house, I dropped my cane, and the leash, and fell - against a neighbors car, setting off an alarm...crawled to the curb, got up, went home, the dog and I went in. When things quieted down, I had to limp back down to retrieve my cane...Worst part was, the dog still would not go to bed without a walk..so bleeding knees, sprained wrist, shaky and crying I had to walk him!

But it is great exercise...as my husband will attest to! He is the one benefiting from the dog walking, and of course the Spoiled GrandDog who lives with us!
Thanks for the tip!
PEDAL-PUSHER 1/4/2011 10:17:00 PM

    My Splash lost 6 pounds when we started walking, and she is the ONLY one I will allow to 'guilt' me! She just turned 13, and I am almost 65.....our longest walk was over 9 miles!
-RESAMARIE 2/28/2013 10:35:00 AM

    opps, i was typing love not liver...lol
HYATTI1 2/16/2013 4:31:00 PM

    I agree with you and I can tell you for real that it works...if I walk my dog on a regular basis both of us are much happier.
AMANDACOETZER 2/15/2013 5:18:00 AM

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HAPPYFREEME 2/14/2013 1:29:00 PM

    Good job! emoticon
FANCYQTR 2/14/2013 12:55:00 PM

    Having dogs is a wonderful way to get exercise. I was pretty bad about walking mine for some time, but found out at that time I had cancer. After recovery my dogs didn't do too well with the walks and I was still having problems. I now have a new dog and I am determined to get out more with her. Someone obviously thought I needed her because I called a breeder friend to find out about lines and she gave Cassie to me.
WHIPPETWALKER 2/14/2013 11:50:00 AM

    I find that walking my dogs is the best part of my day. They keep me motivated and they are better behaved because of the walks we take. Even though it's winter in Canada with all the snow, ice, freezing rain, cold wind etc. they still have to go out. No excuses !
CEEMAY 2/14/2013 8:51:00 AM

    My pup motivates me every day!
FITMARTI 2/14/2013 5:45:00 AM

    Kudos
ANUSCHKA9 1/4/2011 10:28:00 PM

    I hate to think how fat I would be if it weren't for all the exercise I get exercising my furry buddies!

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