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.