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5 Special Treats to Buy Your Dog This Autumn

5 Special Treats to Buy Your Dog This Autumn

Winter is coming and with it the cold nights are drawing in. Then, don’t wait for Christmas to treat your pooch to something to keep them toasty, warm and their tail wagging. Instead, take a look at these five special treats and see if there isn’t something on the list worth indulging your dog with this autumn.

1. A New K9 Crib

Every dog needs his (or her) own bed. Not only is a dog bed advisable for any pooch as it provides them with a designated place to sleep, most obviously; a dog’s bed is also an important investment as it provides a pooch with its own territory and a literal safe place to retreat to. Hence, buying dog beds is serious business and it takes some real doggie lover know how.

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For those buying a first time dog bed, before doing so give the guide featured on the canine journal website a read ahead of hitting the shops. Meanwhile, for those looking to replace their dog’s old bed, head straight over to shops like the Pet Luxury website to get your dog a new crib that they (and you) can be proud of.

2. Somewhere to Stash the Scooby Snacks

A dog’s life is no life when it doesn’t involve being thrown the odd bone (or Scooby snack) from time to time. For a truly cool place to stash your dog’s treats and also ensure they keep fresh as well as sealed to prevent them stinking the house out, treat your pooch this fall to its very own personalised dog treat storage jar as sold via the Personalised Gifts Shop Online.

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Better yet, go one further and invest in a Bake-a-Bone Original Dog Treat Maker as sold via the Amazon website and you can even use your dog’s personalised treat jar to keep home made snacks in. This is not only a cool gadget for those looking to create dog treats that they know their pooch likes and as well treats which they can ensure contain only ingredients they want their dog to eat, but is a really creative and fun way to involve the whole family in feeding the dog and learning about its nutritional needs.

3. Walkie Talkies

No, dog walkie talkies are not ‘an actual thing’. At least not yet. Rather, this is a must have this autumn for any dog owner to ensure that their dog gets a good long walk at least once a day without their owner getting bored and cutting walkie-time short. What is the magical gadget that can keep an owner occupied whilst walking their dog then? Less of a gadget even and more of a gadget add on, every dog owner should treat themselves to a Juice Squash Power Bank as sold at PC World this autumn to ensure their iphone, smart phone or ipod doesn’t die on them whilst walking their dog.

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Not only is having your phone or music player working and good to go likely to extend the amount of time you spend walking your dog, it is also a matter of safety; when walking a dog in a rural place or anywhere ‘off the beaten track’ or in the evenings as autumn nights are far darker than summer ones, it is a matter of safety to ensure you have with you a phone in case you happen to fall, injure yourself or worse.

4. Buying Man’s Best Friend a Pint at the End of the Day

Devised by a dog owner who often stopped by his local whilst walking his dog or when returning from a long walk with his four legged best friend, dog beer is not only an actual thing and exists, it is also an inexpensive, alcohol free and nutritional treat for your dog. To learn more about (and buy) doggie beer, head over to the Official Snuffle Dogbeer website.

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5. A Pooch Pamper Spa Day

Last but not least, because us humans are not the only creatures to suffer when summer draws to an end and the dry air, cold nights and frosty morning hit, why not take the opportunity or just use the colder weather as an excuse to book yourself in for a spa day and whilst you are at it also book your dog in for some poochy pampering at the likes of one of the world’s many pooch parlours and dedicated dog spas such as The Pet Spa London.

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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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