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5 Online Sources to Find Great Dog Food Recipes

5 Online Sources to Find Great Dog Food Recipes

Are you a dog owner? Do you want to know that by simply making some great dog food recipes at your own home, you can save a lot?

Typical costs to own a dog can vary between $500 to $2000 or more per year but it can rise if your dog develops a medical condition which requires intervention and medical support.

Food is one of the most important preventive measures which every dog owner should take to ensure the health of the pet.

When it comes to food, you have a choice to make- whether you want to prepare your own food or buy from the market?

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Buying processed food from the market means more health risks to be faced by your dog, therefore, you have to make a decision whether to prepare food on your own or get the same from a market.

If you want to save money and feel comfortable to prepare dog food at home, here are some places from where you can find some really excellent and delicious dog recipes:

1. My Sweet Puppy

My Sweet Puppy has a comprehensive list of homemade dog food recipes and other information on how to own and groom a dog.

When reading the advice on this blog, you will probably learn a lot more about the types of food which are good for your puppy and how to save more on food and other costs.

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The blog has video recipes also, therefore, it is a great source for anyone who wants to learn some really quick but delicious dog recipes.

2. Pinterest

Pinterest has some really great visual collection of dog food recipes. Curated from different boards, this is a great collection for anyone who wants to read a lot of recipes from different sources.

One of the disadvantages of using this source is probably the fact that the collection is based upon user generated contents, therefore, you may have to sift through a lot of pins to find recipes which serve your purpose.

3. The Bark

The Bark offers some really great information for dog owners on various aspects of having a dog. It is a magazine with a really great website which offers some valuable online tips and recipes for dog lovers.

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The Bark also shares other tips on how to manage the stress of cooking for your dog and what other things a dog owner can do to help nourish a healthy animal.

Since the Bark is a proper media publication, therefore, the overall quality of contents is superior too with articles from qualified professionals.

4. WebMD

WebMD is another great source for you to know more about the health-related issues faced by your pets besides learning new dog food recipes. The pet section on this website offers other tips also and properly narrates the best and healthy ways of grooming your dog and other pets.

WebMD is also great in the sense that most of the information presented there is scientifically proven. If you are someone who likes to read scientific research, this may be a good source for you.

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5. Allreciepes.com

The recipes on dog food on this website are great in the sense that they contain the reviews of other users also. This gives more credibility to the recipe shared and people also share their personal opinion regarding various aspects of the food prepared.

The recipes are divided into different sections and are also based upon the kind of food offered i.e. chicken, rice, porridges etc.

Above are some great resources to find out good and healthy food recipes for your dog. If you are health-conscious and do not want to spend more on vaccination and other health-related expenses, providing homemade food is probably one of your best options to raise a healthy and fit dog.

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

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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