I'm sitting here reading IDEA's Facebook page as I continue glancing outside to see if my trees have stopped blowing and if the rain has stopped it's steady stream because I really want to go for my hill hike. This is really ironic considering I grew up in Chicago: a bit different than Northern California!
I have a new client who is morbidly obese, 65, semi retired, high everything meaning cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, sedentary, ex addict: you name it he has it. He is a also a very successful businessman, very bright, smart and responsive. When I first met with "Joe" two weeks ago he weighted 223 pounds, mind you he's 5'4 with a waist of 47. Yesterday he weighed 211, why? Because this is it for him. It's do or die, really. It's either this way or no way out for him. Yesterday we went down to walk on the treadmill, down down down to the furthest end of his storage area off of his garage. There in the corner sits his really wonderful treadmill but it's what sits around the treadmill that is keeping Joe from wanting to go down stairs. So yesterday I gave Joe his homework assignment: "Open up this garage door, take everything out, move your treadmill to the center of the room, put back only the "stuff you need" because the truth is he has an entire gym down there, he just doesn't know it. I think Joe's garage represents his head right now and it needs to be cleared out in order to move ahead. A cluttered home represents a cluttered mind, a cluttered mind can't make clear decisions. Re training our brain patterns, re doing our physical space, pre thinking our next move are all basic components toward being successful with any life change!
for their dog to chase and chase and chase, how many times? Till they're barely able to breathe, till they can hardly wait to get water, until they can barely get back into the car that the owner drove down to the park so the dog could "get some exercise". How about the person? How about the dog making the person sprint as hard as they can back and forth for 30 minutes until they can hardly breathe? Why do humans care so much about their dog's health when they have waist measurements way over the healthy range? Why are humans not walking at least 10,000 steps per day?
This sums up a part of the human mind that I find in personal training business and bootcamps..Resistance to being pushed, resistance to being challenged, wanting the results but frowning upon the exercise before them. So yes, exercise your dog but only if you're also exercising yourself. Besides, if you have a stroke or heart attack due to your lack of physical activity, what happens to your dog?