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Six Tips to Prepare Your pet for air Travel

Six Tips to Prepare Your pet for air Travel

While traveling with pets it is important to properly take care of them. They are creatures of routine and when the routine is changed it can be disturbing for them. It’s essential to prepare your pet for the journey, especially if you are planning to travel by air. Some specific practices and precautions should be followed. You do not need to be worried about your pet traveling in a cargo compartment if you have prepared properly. A large number of pets are transported in cargo on a regular basis and if you have fulfilled the required safety measures, there is no need to worry. Here are some key precautions to follow before flying with your pet.

1. Health Certification

Before doing anything else, you have to establish your pet’s health by paying a visit to the veterinarian. Most airlines demand that the health certificate for your pet be issued no more than ten days before flying. Rabies has been a matter of concern in most places so your pet should be healthy. The state authorities are always keen to ensure that your pet has had all required vaccinations. Health clarification is also essential to ensure that your pet is capable of enduring the trip.

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2. Contacting Airline Authorities

Most airlines offer a specific number of seats in their cargo compartment that are reserved for pets. It is essential to contact your airline authority and reserve a space for your pet. You should contact the airline authorities and ask them about their terms and conditions for carrying a pet. It will help in avoiding any frustration at the last minute.

3. Arranging a Pet Carrier

A pet carrier is a must for carrying your pet inside the cabin. The carrier provides sufficient comfort and safety for your pet while traveling. Authorities often provide a dog carry-on bag for airline travel, but you should choose the carrier by keeping the comfort of the pet in mind. It’s a good idea to introduce your pet to the pet carrier at least a week before the flight so that the pet can get used to it.

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4. Preparing the Carrier

Traveling can be tiring for pets as well as people, so it is essential to make pet carriers as comfortable and secure as possible. You can cover the floor of the carrier with a familiar towel or blanket. Your pet should feel a connection to home so that he or she does not get anxious. You can also place toys that are familiar to your pet. These measures should be taken seriously because your pet is not used to being kept in a pet carrier in a cargo compartment.

5. Labeling the Carrier With Important Information

With your pet carrier boarded in the cargo compartment, the labeled information on it will be vital. Usually pet carriers have tags on them that you can fill out with your personal contact information as well as the eating and drinking needs of your pet. Attach the health certificate to the pet carrier. Most importantly, state that there is a live animal inside the carrier.

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6. The Day of Your Flight

It is necessary that the stomach of your pet remain empty during the flight, so feed your pet no closer than four hours before departure. Keep the pet as active as possible to compensate for the many hours he or she will be unable to move much and to lessen anxiety. Ensure that all required measures have been taken. Allow extra time at the airport to compensate for possible long lines and to be sure the airline has enough time to properly board your pet.

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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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