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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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10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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