What good things come from a healthy, active lifestyle with pets? Obviously, one thing I love is that I get amazing photo opportunities with my best dog, cat and parrot friends. However, I wouldn't have the energy to get outside and exercise if it weren't for my pets influence. They just don't know how to have a bad day. I recently learned that the makers of Nutrience Pet Food also feel strongly about pets and people motivating one another to be fit together. The "No Bad Anything" promise Nutrience has made inspired my list of all the good that comes from an energetic existence with pets:
1) Happy dogs: Canines are social animals that have a strong desire to get out into the world, explore and sniff. When I worked at a dog training daycare, all of the staff and I could see the very clear attitude difference between the dogs that got out often and the ones that didn't.
3) Making memories: I hate to bring this up but even the most healthy and fit of us, humans and animals, won't live forever. Curling up on the couch for a movie is indeed memorable but I like to look back on time spent with my pets with more adventure than what was on the screen. To this day, it is the places I went, the adventures I had, with pets who are no longer with me and haven't been for decades, that bring me the most unforgettable joy.
4) Healthy dogs: All living beings benefit from fresh air and sunshine (even the cloud filtered sunshine we usually have in Cascadia.) We also all need to stimulate our moving parts, inside and out, to keep them functioning properly.
5) Healthy people: Myriads of studies have proven that exercise and being outdoors reduces stress and increases longevity.