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Family Wellness Month

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

May is Family Wellness Month! In honor of making family wellness a priority, here are a few ideas & exercises to keep the whole family well.

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W – Walk: go on a brisk walk with your dog.  This is a good light workout for you and your dog, especially if you walk at a brisk pace. Ask your family to go with you! Walks are great for bonding, enjoying the scenery, and spending quality time with your family (and away from our modern day technology-filled world).

E – Eat Healthy! : Make a healthy meal for yourself and your family, and save some extra vegetables for your dog. Most dogs love sweet potatoes, carrots, green beans, and would love for some healthy treats or for a great addition to a meal. And your body will love your healthy delicious meal also. (Here are some great sweet potato recipes)

L – Lunges: With treats in hand, ask your dog to sit, then face him and do a reverse lunge (with knees shoulder-width apart, step backwards with one leg so your front leg is bent at a 90 degree angle and your knee is over your ankle). At the bottom of your lunge, hold your position and ask your dog to shake (or touch). Continue with the other leg back for a reverse lunge and ask your dog for his other paw.

L – Learning: Teach your dog a new trick. Better yet, teach your family members how to teach your dog tricks.  Learning new tricks is a great way to engage your dog’s brain, and the mental stimulation will also help to tire them out (and it might tire you out too!).

N – New Things: Try something new (new to you, your family, and your dog)! This can be anything, try an agility class, or go on a new hiking trail, or try swimming, or go just on an adventure. Trying new things together will build your bond, your dog’s confidence, and probably yours too! Check out our Local Pinterest board for some great dog-friendly places in our area worth trying.

E – Eat Healthy, Part 2 : Salmon is packed with healthy omega-3’s and amino acids, as well as vitamins A, B, D and other good minerals like iron and calcium. Plus, it tastes great! Here are some delicious salmon recipes to make for you and your family. And when you’re done cooking for your 2-legged family members, give the salmon skin to your furry ones! They will love it and it is also a great source of oils and vitamins for them also.

S – Side Shuffle: In an athletic position (feet shoulder-width apart, knees bent, back straight) shuffle sideways and have your dog come with you. Then, facing the same direction, shuffle back the other way. Repeat 10 times.

S – Sit: Lean against a wall and slide down until your knees are at a 90 degree angle for a good wall sit position. If you have a small dog, hold her while you hold your sit. If you have a big dog, ask her to put her paws on your lap. OR if your dog knows touch (nose to hand touch), ask for a touch on either side of you and switch back and forth so your dog gets a workout too. If your family members are joining you in the wall sit, have your dog go between family members doing a touch (or shake).

EXTRAS:

Push-ups: In an area where you have space on the floor, have your dog come with you and and ask him to sit or lay down and stay. Then do as many push-ups (on your toes or knees is fine) as you can without stopping. When you stop to take a break and catch your breath, have your dog do 5 doggy push-ups: tell him to sit, then lay down and repeat 5 times.

Hike: Going on hikes are a wonderful way to get the whole family together to enjoy nature and each other’s company. Plus, your furry family member will love it also! One great thing about hikes is that there is such a variety that you are sure to find something suitable for the whole family. Here is a list of some dog-friendly hikes in Colorado.