Walking For Fun and Profit

Make Extra Money by Offering Dog Walking Services For your Neighbors 

Getting fit can be fun and it can be profitable too! I'm not talking about mega-bucks here, but, if you could add a few dollars to your pocket every day wouldn't that take the pressure off your limited budget? I'm sure it would.
When I first started out in my working life I wanted to work at a job that would take care of my fitness needs at the same time. I figured that if I could do that I wouldn't have to pay money out of pocket to go to the gym. And, I wouldn't have to take time out of my day to do it. I tried to get on as a Letter Carrier at the local Post Office, but alas. that was not meant to be. I do have a job now that, if I'm lucky, I walk for most of the shift but that doesn't happen every day.
I still think that the Post Office should do a public service and hire overweight people who want to get fit. Ask the applicant why they want to work for the Post Office as a Letter Carrier and if they answer "to lose weight" - hire them! You probably wouldn't get a more dedicated employee. You know what they say about us well-proportioned people. If you need to get directions just ask an overweight person - we're eager to please.
Now that we're older and getting ready to retire - or maybe we're already retired - we think about how to make some extra cash to make up for the shortfall in our incomes. After all, we're going to have all this extra time on our hands.
It's a perfect time to start a business. And, we're the perfect people to do this service. We have many good qualities that make us the perfect candidates for walking your neighbors pets for money:
  • We are older. People trust us more for some reason. We've got roots in the community and are not about to leave it any time soon.
  • We have the time. More people are too busy making a living to properly take care of their dogs' exercise needs. Just look at all the services offered to busy working people today. We probably wouldn't want to clean houses but we are quite capable of taking Fido for his exercise.
  • We're probably going to be cheaper than those who do this for a living. We don't need to walk 12 dogs to earn a living. We're just making coffee money for our Starbucks fix. It is more lucrative than picking up pop cans and less stigmatising than dumpster-diving!
  • The work is steady. That means steady pocket money and you'll get regular exercise.
I hope you'll check out this growing trend for making money by offering services like this for busy working people. You'll be offering a valuable service for people and will be able to grow it as big as you want or keep your business small depending on your needs.

Getting Pooped for Fitness Sake - How I Walk my Dog to Get Fit

Just one little change in attitude makes all the difference.

Just a ritual every morning and evening, right?  Get the leash on your dog, go around the block as fast as you can or until your dog does its business and get back home before the commercials are over.

I used to be like that. 

But I soon realized that I had to change my attitude if I was going to benefit from exercise to get myself back into shape.

I had to think about how this time spent with my dog can be used to benefit me.  If I thought that I was only walking my dog,  I was only doing it for her so I had to change my thinking.

After changing my thinking from "taking her out to do her business" to "I'm walking for my exercise and she's just coming along"  I began to realize that there were other benefits for me as well.

The most important benefit to me was losing weight.  I was more conscious of how much I was exercising and was able to increase my distance and my speed as I got stronger.  My walk is mostly in a flat area in my neighborhood but I could easily incorporate hills if I wanted to.  I'm thinking about getting an omron pedometer to see how many steps I take.  It's going to be great to actually measure my distance and keep track of my walking goals and increase them if I want.  Amazon has many great deals on pedometers for walking to help you measure your success.

I also noticed that after a nice long walk that when I brought my dog home she was more relaxed.  Cesar Milan on the Dog Whisperer on TV uses exercise in many of his episodes to expend excessive energy in hyper dogs.   He even uses a treadmill for many dogs that have a lot of energy to burn.

With a change in attitude from "just getting it done" to "I'm doing this for me" can make all the difference in your results.

Your Personal Fitness Program - Getting Ready

What happens when you take a reasonably healthy individual and place him/her into retirement?  They become sedate because they don't know what to do with all the time they used to fill up with work.

Is this you?  Have you prepared yourself for the extra time you'll have?  What are you going to do?  Go to the mall or the coffee shop and hang out?

Why not prepare yourself now - for that time when you retire?  You can get healthy and strong by starting an exercise program now!

So, where do you start?  There are many ways you could create a healthy lifestyle for yourself.  Just think, in a short time you can not only feel better but you will be stronger than most people your age.

With so much more time on our hands it's important to  have a routine so we don't get bored.  Getting out of bed in the morning is so much easier if you're looking forward to your walking program.  Or, maybe you're the type of person who would enjoy taking some fitness classes where you can meet other people who also want to get fit.  Getting started is what's most important.  Your budget will be what dictates what kind of exercise program you will choose to improve your health.

If you can afford it a treadmill is a great idea to get your walking or running done before you leave the house.  The advantage is that if you have to use the washroom it's right there where you need it.  I don't know how many times I've had to cut my walk short and go home with seconds to spare.  And it never rains inside your home.

Only you can decide which program you want to try out.  Whether it's joining a fitness center or community center with exercise programs for seniors or creating your own walking program, it's best to get started.  Remember to always consult your doctor before starting any exercise program.

Fitness for Seniors

When we think about retirement most of us think about our financial fitness.   Will we have enough income for our retirement? Or, what are we going to do with all the extra time we have?  How much time do we have after a lifetime for working?

If you're like me you don't want to sit around and wait!

Most of you probably realize that as you get older your metabolism has slowed down to the point where you don't need to consume as many calories as you used to.  It's so easy to forget that and put on the pounds.

Getting fit before retirement will make it that much easier to maintain later.  After all, if you don't start now you may never start.  It's so easy to fall in to a rut where you end up just hangin' out and shootin' the breeze with your friends at the coffee shop.  That's not good for your health or your finances.

I hope that you'll join me in discovering ways to enhance your lifestyle and well-being by getting fit.