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By Clark Podiatry Center
October 04, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: dog walking   exercise  

How are you celebrating? In addition to walking your dog each day and giving them extra love, we at Clark Podiatry Center would like to suggest some of the following ways to spice up your week of walking your dog:

  • Explore a new walking path or trail – Does your walk usually consist of just going to the sidewalk in front of your building or house? Maybe it’s time you explore that nearby dog park that you’ve been meaning to check out. Or perhaps there is a walking trail that might make your walk more interesting.

  • Walk your dog during your lunch hour – If it’s possible, run home to give your dog a walk instead of hiring a dog walker. Not only will it be a special treat for your dog, you’ll also get the benefit of some lunchtime exercise and fresh air.

  • Head to a shelter and volunteer to walk a shelter dog – This is also an option for those who don’t even have a dog. Animal shelters have so many animals to take care of, so helping them out by taking out a shelter dog would be great for everyone involved! Dogs will get some loving that they deserve, and you and your own dog will be happy to have new company.

Benefits of walking (with your dog)

  • Many dog owners, while enjoying the company of dogs, do not give their pets enough exercise. Going outside for your dog to relieve itself is not enough activity to help your dog release energy. Taking the time to walk your dog for about 30 minutes a day will help your dog and YOU stay healthy and in shape.

  • Exercise can raise the levels of endorphins in your brain, which would help to combat depression and anxiety, and a change in your dog’s behavior too!

  • While walking on sidewalks and on a flat path is still beneficial, walking on a trail or uneven surface can allow for your feet and ankles to get more exercise. It’s a good way to stretch and strengthen your feet and ankles.

  • Take your children out with you (if you have them) for family bonding time. Your kids can learn to walk the dog and the whole family can get some fresh air and exercise!

Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and go to areas that are safe. If going out in the evening or night, make sure you have a reflective vest or clothing so that you are easily visible by cars or bikes. It also helps to have a reflective leash and/or collar for your shorter or smaller dog(s) as well, since they are often not easily noticeable in the dark.

Working out your feet and ankles is beneficial to your overall health. If you have any questions or concerns about walking or running with your pets, especially due to any injuries, make an appointment at our Clark, NJ office to consult with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy. We want to keep you walking.



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