People often start the New Year with a plan to improve their health, but have you ever considered incorporating your pets into these goals too? In America, more than half of the adult population is overweight or obese, and, out of the 68.2 million dogs in America, over half are overweight or obese, as well. It seems not only are we becoming a nation of couch potatoes and bad habits, but so are our dogs.
K9 Fit Club, the nation’s pioneer and leader in human/canine fitness, has partnered with “Walk With a Doc” to host group walking events across that country on Saturday January 7 and 21 at 10 a.m. With the New Year and January’s “National Walk Your Dog Month” approaching, now is the perfect time to set goals and commit to healthier habits for both you and your furry friend. Both dogs and their owners will have the opportunity to meet with Master K9 Fit Club trainers and “Walk With a Doc” doctors in select cities across the country to take part in a group walk. This will be a fun way to socialize with others while exercising with your pup.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a third – or 38.7 percent – of U.S. adults are obese, leaving us at risk for hypertension, heart disease, stroke and other issues. Our society today is facing a major health epidemic and our pets are suffering right along with us. A few of the health risks associated with overweight and obese dog and owners include: osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, kidney disease and cancer.
“Not only have both dogs and owners become a nation of couch potatoes, we want a quick fix for everything. From pills to the latest ‘new and improved program’ or the ‘magic’ gimmick to suddenly lose weight and get in shape,’” said Tricia Montgomery, founder and CEO of K9 Fit Club. “The simple solution and the key for both is combining both nutrition and exercise, eat in moderation, eat healthier and exercise. Taking that first step is the key to you and your dog’s success. A little bit of something is better than a whole lot of nothing.”
This event is free and a way for pet families to get up, get out and get moving. Attendees will receive some awesome swag too. All participants are encouraged to spread the word and join the movement by sharing socially using #WWYD2017.
“Exercise is better when done together; your best workout partner is your dog. They will never cancel on you and they will never complain,” said Montgomery, who is also a certified personal trainer. “Any opportunity to do something, especially, fitness and activity related with you is great for your dog. Dogs are a barometer for our emotions and our abilities. If you’re having a bad day, your dog is having a bad day. If you are working out and including your dog, your mood, health and stamina improves, the same is true for your dog.”
“Often the simplest answer is the one that’s going to work the best, and we believe that’s the case with walking,” said Dr. David Sabgir, CEO and founder of Walk with a Doc.