After a particular hard or stressful work day, my favorite thing to do is spend time working out. Exercise is a great stress reliever and I find that exercising after my work day can make it feel a lot better than it was. If I can combine that exercise with sunshine and my dog, that makes it even better.
Today I headed to the dog park with one JuJu Cuddles to get in a workout. The weather was perfect and as soon as I mentioned the word “park” I knew she was ready to go. (Literally. She went and sat by the door and whined.)
So we went to our favorite park and had a fantastic time!
It’s hard to feel stressed or angry or upset when you’ve got a very happy dog running with you and playing fetch. And you’re surrounded by other happy dogs who want you to pet them. I swear the nicest people and happiest dogs go to the dog park. It’s a magical place to exercise!
I’ve got a great workout buddy too – she never gets tired. She’ll hardly pause to take a picture.
And immediately she will get distracted. If she isn’t running or walking or swimming then it’s only a matter of seconds before she does so.
I love having a built in workout buddy. She’s a very active dog and needs to get lots of exercise so we often workout together. Walks in the neighborhood, 5k training runs, hiking/walking/jogging at the dog park. She definitely encourages me to be more active than I would be without her… and that is what a workout buddy is for, right?
Working out with JuJu is also a great reminder to enjoy the simple things in life – sunshine, freedom, play, running, and your people. All such simple things but they make a day fantastic.
Hope your Monday was fantastic and filled with all the things you enjoy! If it wasn’t and you’re feeling stressed, then try going to workout. It just might help. :)