Posted by: Dr. Jamey Dyson | February 10, 2011

I Love Running with the Doodle!

Just back from a 5 mile run/walk with Callie, our  1 year old Goldendoodle.  She’s a great jogger… bred for being out on a hunt all day long.  We love the “Doodle”!

A dog can be such a great addition to an individual or family.  What a great way to motivate you to get out an exercise!  Dogs need exercise every day.  Their genetics actually require it as an essential nutrient.  Running and playing stimulates a dog’s nervous system, reduces stress hormones, lowers inflammation, builds muscle mass, reduces body fat, improves immune function, helps with digestion, regulates sleep cycles, and improves behavior.

Uh, can you see where I’m going with this?  Humans are animals too!  Our genetics require exercise, just like dogs do.  The benefits of exercise are UNBELIEVABLE when it comes to human health.  Just walking 15 minutes a day on a consistent basis can beat most medications for cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes without the side effects… and walking is FREE!

Choosing NOT to exercise actually causes you to become a burden on yourself, your family and your community.  Other people have to end up paying for the chronic illness you develop based on your choices.  Who wants to be a burden on others?  Not me.

I hope you don’t either, so get moving today!

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  1. I totally agree with Dr. Dyson. I get out with my 3 dogs every day, no matter what the weather. It’s so good for them and us on so many levels. An exercised dog is usually a well-behaved dog, and the sights and smells also stimulate them mentally. I have found that some days I come home tired and want to stay in, but after getting out with them, I feel much better and energized. It’s also calming and relaxing after a a difficult day of work, and seeing them happy makes me happy. A dog isn’t necessary for getting out and moving, but I know it gets me walking every day.


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