Wonders of Walking
There is no better time to explore and celebrate the Cornish coastline and the great outdoors than this January. As National Walk your Dog Month is celebrated across the UK, dog owners across the country are being encouraged to grab your coats and leads and see something new with your four-legged friend.
Providing a whole heap of benefits and allowing you to explore places you may not have before, taking your dog for an adventure this winter can help keep those January Blues at bay and make your lockdown a little easier. If there is any activity that keeps us smiling, its spending quality time with our canine companions. Boosting both our mental and physical health. Here’s how walking your dog this January can help you in more ways than one.
Benefits of Dog Walking
With some of the most stunning scenery in the UK, exploring the outdoors with your dog on our Cornish coastline offers a little bit more than just a boost to our mood. As winter brings a whole new set of wildlife to our shores, wandering this month can lead to once in a lifetime sights. From blissful birds to magical marine life, Cornwall has to be one of the most beautiful locations in our country and exactly where you need to be when taking your pooch out for an explore during National Walk your Dog Month!
But in addition to the superb scenery and wonderful wildlife, walking your dog can do wonders to both your physical and mental health, boosting our brains and keeping our bodies in prime condition.
Stay Fighting Fit
It is no surprise that lockdown has made us more aware of the significant impact our pets can have on our health. Making us brave the outdoors for walks and adventures, we truly are thankful for our furry friends for what they have done for us in the past year.
But did you know those simple walks with your pet can boost your health and support your wellbeing? From cardiovascular to joint support, long walks with your dog have a whole heap of benefits for our bodies and minds.
From coastal paths to rocky terrains, no two walks are the same around Cornwall. Whether it is a stroll on the beach or a wander in the woods, varying the terrain you walk on can help improve your joint health, your posture and even your cardiovascular fitness. With harder and longer walks helping support a healthy heart and lungs, challenging yourself and your pooch to a slightly longer walk can do wonders for your overall health.
For our pets, regular exercise aids in their normal bodily functions, maintaining their muscles, joints and heart health. Ensuring their weight is managed is also an important factor, allowing their bodies to be in tip top shape all year round meaning you both get exactly what you need whilst enjoying quality time together.
Magic for our Mood
If there were any better time to understand the term “cabin fever”, it would be the events of the past year. With many of us confined to our homes, walks with our dog have been the only taste of the outdoors we have had. Now, with another lockdown well underway there is no better time to enjoy a taste of fresh air than during these short winter days.
Providing more stimulation than indoor play, exercise outdoors such as walks and runs can also encourage our pets to become more confident with the outdoors such as roads, other walkers and even other dogs. Socialising our pets is fundamental and can have a significant impact on their wellbeing throughout their life. Just a walk a day can improve a dog’s wellbeing and in turn can help to improve our mind-set too.
Giving a much needed relief from the confinements of our homes, exercise releases Serotonin, a chemical in our brains that influence our moods and feelings. Just a simple walk can boost our mood and strengthen the bond between you and your pet. Keeping the January Blues at bay has never been more important, so when inside becomes all too over-whelming – just take a deep breath and explore the outdoors with your four legged friend.
Here at Natural Cornish Pet Shop, we love any day that encourages us to spend more time with our furry friend. So celebrate Walk your Dog Month this January, and explore what Mother Nature has to offer right beside your best friend, and make your adventures this winter ones to remember.