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Do you have a dog who loves to walk or run? If so, your pet can help you stay active throughout this challenge. Walking your dog is a great multi-tasking activity: They get a much-needed energy release and you get your steps in!

Here are some reasons to grab the leash:

  1. Dog owners enjoy health perks from walking their dog a few times a week. These benefits include improved cardiovascular fitness, lower blood pressure, stronger muscles and bones and decreased stress.
  2. Regular walks benefit your pooch, too. They help prevent obesity, which is associated with osteoarthritis, cardiovascular disease, liver disease and insulin resistance.
  3. Dogs love going on walks! A pup who doesn't receive sufficient exercise can become bored or destructive.

Dog walking tips

  • Aim for 30-minute walks, five times per week.
  • Keep your dog on a leash in public areas, unless you're in a designated "off-leash" zone.
  • Supervise your dog around young children.
  • Take a plastic bag or scoop to clean up after your dog.
  • Make sure your dog is properly identified.
  • Avoid walking in extreme heat.
  • Take fresh water to keep you and your dog hydrated.

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