As you may remember,Â Iâ€™m participatingÂ in theÂ American Heart Associationâ€™s campaign to promoteÂ heart health.Â So each week Iâ€™m giving simple tips thatâ€™ll help you stay healthy! Â These little tips that can go a long way, and this one was inspired by my dog, the beautiful Lady Bug. Â She is a wonderful companion and we take great care of each other even though sometimes she can be a handful (I guess she would say the same of me if she could talk). Of course I was blessed with a dog that has a lot of â€œself-esteem.â€ Â We often have to duke it out as I remind her who is the Alpha. This can occasionally make walks an interesting endeavor cause there are times when our walks turn into â€œcarriesâ€ when she decides she wants to hang and watch birds fly by instead of actually walking, but no matter what we walk.Â
I have a back yard where she does most of her â€œbizâ€ butÂ Lady Bug and I go on at least one lovely walk a day, and sometimes we even manage two. Â This gives her a chance to sniff and stroll and it gets me up and at â€˜em. These walks are not only for Lady Bugâ€™s health and spirit but mine too! Â So even though it occasionally takes someÂ coaxing (sometimes me coaxing her during the walk but mostly her coaxing me to take the walk) I have discovered that our daily walks are not only heart healthy but they are good for the spirit. There is nothing like fresh air in your lungs and the beauty of nature to brighten a day. Â Thatâ€™s why todayâ€™s American Heart Association Tip is: Get Active With Your Dog!!! I always say a day can never really beÂ thatÂ bad with Lady Bug in my world. Â My favorite thing about this tip is that itâ€™s fun, so I want toÂ challenge youÂ to make heart and brain health fun!
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