Healthy Dog, Healthy You

A recent New York Times article, Roll Over? Fat Chance, points out that, just like people, extra weight on dogs is “linked to diabetes, arthritis and high blood pressure as well as kidney and respiratory diseases.” A 2010 study in the journal Public Health Nutrition studied the relationship between body weight of both dogs and their owners. Any idea what they found?

Yep, overweight dogs tend to have overweight owners. Think of it this way; part of the beauty of having a dog, is that you have built-in incentive to get up and move! You take your precious pup for a walk, guess who else you are taking for a walk. Healthy food choices for him, could lead to healthier food choices for you. You and your dog can help keep each other healthy and getting the most out of life. It’s not always easy — ask me in January when I’m up at 5 am with my beloved 9-year old mutt, Brutis, and the temp is in the single digits — but it’s always worth it to keep us both feeling, and performing our best.

Four legs or two, when you’re fit, you’re not just healthier, you can get the most out of life. If you and your pooch could be a bit more fit, perhaps today is a good day to turn it around. Maybe you can start by getting out for two walks per day, even if they are short ones. Talk to your vet about healthy food choices for your pup, and a registered dietician about the right choices for you.

Remember, there is a plethora of information available on the web; start with the Roll Over? Fat Chance article, a great read. And, you can always stay tuned here to the Stronger blog for more info on healthy, happy living.

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About Michael Wood, Chief Fitness Officer
Michael Wood, CSCS, is Chief Fitness Officer at Koko FitClub, driving the development of integrated strength and cardio training and nutrition programs for Koko members nationwide. A nationally acclaimed fitness expert, Michael has conducted research as a Senior Exercise Physiologist at the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia Laboratory at the Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, and has lectured at Boston University and the University of Connecticut. He has been named Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston” Personal Trainer, and made the Men’s Journal “Dream Team” list of the nine best trainers in the U.S. Michael and his family live in North Attleboro, MA.

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