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How to Set Yourself Up for Success in 2018

How to Set Yourself Up for Success in 2018

We’re a few weeks into January and it’s the perfect time to think about your year. Now that the excitement around the holidays and New Year resolutions is over, it’s the ideal time to think about what you want out of the year.

You, like the rest of us, were likely overwhelmed with articles about making New Year’s resolutions and how to make these resolutions stick. Unfortunately, too often we frame our resolutions around negativity. We only look at the aspects of our lives and selves that we believe aren’t good enough. Read more

Winter Fun for You and Your Dog

Winter Fun for You and Your Dog

For many people and dogs, the winter can be a challenging time of the year. The days get shorter, the weather is cooler, and it becomes very easy to hibernate. Slowly but surely our routines change and we find ourselves being less active, getting outside less, and having more relaxing nights in with a book or movie.

We’re here to tell you that it shouldn’t be this way. You and your dog need to keep up your regular activities – regardless of the weather. Rain, snow, wind, and gloomy weather is not a reason to stay inside. Especially for anyone who has a senior dog or a dog with joint or mobility issues, exercise and daily stimulation is extremely important.

Make this winter season different and forge a new path with some new ways to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. You’ll feel better. Your dog will feel better. Everyone will be smiling, and remember there is always hot chocolate and a natural dog chew waiting for you inside. Read more

Poor Posture

Poor Posture

Prolonged sitting in front of a computer, in a car, or at a desk can result in poor posture habits that ultimately cause a wide range of problems such as chronic back or neck pain. Read more

2018 Health Trends

2018 Health Trends are more than just Trends

As we wrap up 2017, we tend to reminisce and reflect on past goals and events that brought us to where we are today. You may have accomplished a mighty fitness goal such as completing a marathon or perhaps you have been consistently taking your supplements and have notice great improvement in your overall mobility and health.

But with another year coming to an end, a new year begins and new health trends begin to take the spotlight. Health trends for me is as an opportunity to learn about a new food or practice that could potentially help me move toward accomplishing a goal and encourage me to try something new. It also brings awareness on certain issues, such as the impact of chronic inflammation or the quality of our pet food.

As you review new health trends, approach it with an open mind and stay curious. Read more

Healthy Gift Giving Ideas for Everyone on Your List

Healthy Gift Giving Ideas for Everyone on Your List

It’s that time of year again. And if you’re like me, you’re searching high and wide for the best gifts for your friends and family. Instead of reaching for yet another boring sweater or an uninspired box of chocolates, why not give them the gift of health this holiday season. To really show how much they mean to you, here are some healthy gift giving ideas for everyone on your list. Read more

Tips for Safe Winter Dog Walking

Tips for Safe Winter Dog Walking

It’s cold out there. There’s ice, snow, mud, and slippery surfaces. The days are also shorter – we go to work in the dark and we come home in the dark. All of this highlights the need to brush up on safe winter dog walking tips and strategies.

While the weather can be less-than-welcoming and the lack of sunlight can be limiting, with a few adjustments you can still enjoy your daily (or multiple) dog walks with your beloved pet. These dog walks give your dog much needed exercise, mental stimulation, joint health support, and fresh air – all ideal for keeping him fit and mobile. And for you, the time you spend outdoors with your dog is just as important in giving you exercise, a chance to destress, and much needed one-on-one time with your dog.

Don’t let the frosty weather and short days keep you from walking your dog. With our tips you and your dog can reap the rewards of dog walking – it’s a win-win for both you and your dog and your joints will thank you! Read more

Tips for Avoiding Temptation this Holiday Season

Tips for Avoiding Temptation this Holiday Season

Holidays are a time to enjoy with family and friends, reminisce on the past year and set new intentions for the year ahead. Unfortunately for some, the looming work deadlines and the endless Christmas parties is a stressful time of year that may lead to unhealthy snacking and overindulging in treats. Christmas celebrations happen once a year and it’s okay to indulge a little. We just need to remember not to make it a habit.

One bad snack will not undo all the good you’ve done in the recent days, weeks or months, just like doing a one day detox will not undo all the unhealthy habits you’ve adopted over the years. The key is to be aware of the situation, aware of your feelings and willing to let go once the moment has past.

If you decide to go ahead and have a sugar cookie or a slice of cake, take the smallest piece, enjoy every bite and tell yourself “This is what I needed at this moment” and let it go. If you decide you don’t want to cave in, here are a few tactics to avert the temptation and still embrace the festivities. Read more

Ways to Stay Fit During Winter

Ways to Stay Fit During Winter

Brrrrrr. Looks like Old Man Winter is on his way. And when the cold blustery weather does arrive, it sure can make it tough to keep up with your fitness routine. After all, who wants to go for a run when you have to bundle up in bulky clothing. But if you think winter means staying inside and missing out on a ton of fun activities, think again. Here are some great ways to stay fit and keep yourself motivated this time of year. Read more

Keep Your Dog Active and Healthy This Winter

Keep Your Dog Active and Healthy This Winter

Brr, the cold weather is right around the corner. The days are getting shorter, there is frost on the ground, and there is a bite in the air. Winter is coming and this means it’s time to think about how you can keep your dog safe and content this winter.

The good news is that it’s pretty easy to keep your dog warm and happy this winter. In fact, just as we wear winter boots and pull on a warm coat – similar adjustments can make a big difference for your dog. If your dog has arthritis or other joint problems, it’s extra important that you keep him warm while out on walks and playing outdoors.

We’ve put together a list of tips for you to think about when as we enter the cooler months of the year. We want to hear from you, share your best warm dog tips with us on our Facebook page. Read more

Antioxidants – Your key to a long life

Antioxidants – Your key to a long life

You’ve probably heard about the benefits of antioxidants in food, from helping prevent heart disease, cancer and other diseases to reducing the signs of aging. But what are antioxidants and what are the best food sources?

Think of your body as a car. Over time and during extreme weather, the metal reacts with oxygen and begins to rust. If you neglect to maintain the car with frequent washing and polishing, your car will inevitably rust at a higher rate. The same goes for your body. Free radicals are toxic byproducts of oxygen metabolism that can cause significant damage to living cells and tissues, and antioxidants are the protective “gear”. Read more