Sunday, September 9, 2012
Daily Exercise Habit -- Days 8-9 -- Goin' to the Dogs
The added bonus was that the dog slept in two, count 'em two! additional hours this morning. That didn't seem to slow her down on today's walk, though. Our vet says that labs can go forever and that's definitely the case with Java.
This got me wondering about whether there were any weight loss programs based on dog walking. Although I didn't find any specific programs, there was an interesting study where people who walked a dog lost an average of 14 lbs in a year. "The dog-walkers in the study started by walking 10 minutes per day three times per week and eventually walked up to 20 minutes per day 5 days per week. One group walked for 50 weeks while another walked for only 26 weeks." You'll be shocked to learn that ultimately, the group that walked for 50 weeks lost more than those in the 26 week program. Oops, my sarcastic tone might have come through there.
The endorphins started getting a little overactive by the end of today's walk and I started thinking about walking a half-marathon in a couple months. I ran this same half-marathon 9 years ago. Am I willing to put in the hours of training to walk it? It takes a lot longer to walk 13.1 miles than it does to run it. Oy!