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10 Ways To Keep Your Dog Healthy

10 Ways To Keep Your Dog Healthy

If your dog is your best friend, as is the case with many of us, you’ll do just about anything to make sure that your best friend is healthy and happy. Being a pet owner is not something you can just decide on a whim. It is a commitment that can last 15 years or longer, depending on the breed of the dog. So, you need to know that you are doing everything you can to show your dog how much you really love them. Here are some of the main things you need to know in order to keep your dog healthy.

1. Dental Care

Your dog’s teeth can develop cavities, which can lead to painful toothaches. To avoid this, make sure that you regularly brush your dog’s teeth. This should start when dogs are puppies, so they get used to it at a young age and don’t try to fight you. You need to use a specific toothpaste for dogs. Human toothpaste is not good for dogs.

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2. Regular Baths

It is important that your dog is bathed regularly. Not only is going to get rid of that “stinky dog” smell, it is going to help the dog’s health. Animals are subject to the same skin conditions as humans, and they need to have clean skin and fur to avoid these problems.

3. Healthy Diet

One of the most important things you can do for your dog is to feed it a healthy, well-balanced diet. Dogs, cats, and other animals need certain nutrients, just like people do. Some pets have specific dietary needs, so you need to make sure that your pet is getting exactly what it needs. Powerful holistic treatments combined with proper diet can help to prevent and even cure many illnesses, including certain types of dog cancer. Your vet will know best.

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4. Lots of Water

Like humans, dogs need to be well-hydrated at all times or they risk developing a number of health problems. Make sure that they always have access to fresh water, even if it means having several bowls around the house.

5. Regular Grooming

In addition to bathing, dogs need to be groomed regularly (about every month or so). This involves trimming the hair around the eyes, shaving coats in hot weather, and trimming toe nails.

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6. Give them Bones

When you can’t brush your dog’s teeth, give them a bone. Not only are they loaded with nutrients, including calcium, chewing on them helps to strengthen dogs’ teeth. Raw bones are best, and they should be knuckle bones (with joints). If you cook them, a lot of the important nutrients will disappear.

7. Give them Exercise

In addition to eating healthy, dogs also need to get plenty of exercise. Some breeds need a lot more than others, depending on their energy levels, size, diet, etc. Your dog should be walked at least twice a day. This will help to keep them in shape, get the blood pumping, and keep them from getting bored.

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8. Give them Toys

Dogs, like humans, get bored. They need to interact with people and other dogs, or at least have a reasonable facsimile. They should have plenty of toys to keep them occupied when you are not around. There should also be toys that you can use to play games with your dog. You’ll both have a blast.

9. Dress them Up

While some people think that dogs look silly when they are wearing clothing, there is actually a good reason for it besides human vanity. Some breeds, especially those with very short hair, get chilled easily. When outside in the cold, they should have a coat or sweater, and even booties.

10. Keep their Space Clean

If your dog has its own space in the home, such as a special cushion or a kennel, make sure it is always clean. You don’t want to lay in dirt, feces, urine, etc., and neither does your dog. It can make them depressed, and it can cause health problems.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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