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Homeless Dog Joins A Man During 6-Day Race, Then They Become Inseparable

Homeless Dog Joins A Man During 6-Day Race, Then They Become Inseparable

Dogs Are A Man’s Best Friend

We’ve all heard some truly incredible stories about a dog’s unconditional love and loyalty for his master. For instance, there’s Hachiko, the dog who stayed by his owner’s grave till his dying day. Then there’s a story of a dog who ran away from his home to stay by its master’s side for nine years. Another dog saved a French pet-owner from committing suicide. Then there’s Bobbie the ‘Wonder dog’ who crossed over 4000 km to return to his family home. And we all know about the rescue missions in the Alpine regions led by St. Bernards and Mastiffs. Throughout history, human beings have found faithful friends in those little furry creatures who can be your perfect playmate or even the best night guard.

But this story is a bit different. This story is about a homeless dog who goes out of the way, joins a race and finds her perfect human companion.

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Meet Gobi And Her Pet Human

For extreme marathon runner Dion Leonard it was just another race day in the 4 Deserts Gobi March 2016, a 6-day foot racing event held this summer, competing against 101 other human participants. He was thus pleasantly surprised when he spotted the stray dog, enthusiastically sprinting with all the other runners. Although he’d seen the puppy in the runner’s camp, he had no idea that she was actually interested in the marathon race.

The Marathon Race

On the second day, Leonard found his racing partner lined up beside him. As he tells The Dodo “I thought to myself this little dog isn’t going to last very long at my side as we raced off, but she ended up running the whole day and 23 miles distance.”  After crossing the finishing line, the dog decided to settle in the camp beside Leonard who decided to name her ‘Gobi’.

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On the third day, both the dog and the man raced each other for another 26 miles. The other competitors, crew members, and volunteers fell in love with the adorable puppy but Gobi had eyes only for Leonard who shared his sleeping space as well as food and drink with her. While running across the rough terrain, he carried her across sluice gates and rivers which she could not cross on her own.

However, the weather conditions weren’t suitable for Gobi to participate on days four and five, so the organizers of the event (Gobi had earned quite a name for herself) carried the dog to the end point of the race so that she could greet her new friend the moment he arrived.

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But that didn’t deter her spirits at all. The next and final day, Gobi was back in the game and the man-dog team crossed the line together.

Gobi thus ran for over half the distance of the 155-mile marathon- a huge achievement for a puppy.

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Bring Gobi Home

Meanwhile, Leonard and Gobi have bonded and seem to be inseparable and Leonard hopes to take her to his Scottish home.
Although getting a UK entrance for the dog is a costly and laborious process, Leonard is determined to make it work. Gobi is currently is China with a trusted friend and Leonard is collecting funds for the process. So far dog-lovers from all across the world have donated money to cover the costs and if you want to help him bring his friend home.
Leonard sums it up pretty much: “Gobi picked me to be her pal for life, so I am doing what I can with some great support from around the word to make this happen.”

You don’t need to be a dog lover to be touched by this heart-warming tale, but if you enjoyed this story, you can show your support for Leonard and Gobi by sharing this article!

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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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