All hail our four-legged friends! January is Walk Your Dog Month, encouraging dog owners up and down the country to get out in the fresh air and make your beloved mutts day.
Yes it’s cold, yes it’s raining, but as the old saying goes; “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.” Your dog will love you for it!
But getting outside for winter walks isn’t only beneficial for your dog, it has many positive effects on us humans too. Lockdown three isn’t quite the start to 2021 we had planned. With no end in sight, it’s really important to look after not only our physical health, but our mental health too.
Right now, we’re spending more time at home than ever before. Many of us are working from home and tempting as it is to let the day drift by without leaving the house, you really must make the effort to go out for daily exercise.
If you’re a doggy parent, you’ll no doubt be doing this anyway, but are you going out for long enough? Are you going out regularly enough? And are you providing enough walking variety for your dog? These are all questions Walk Your Dog Month aims to highlight to owners during what’s considered the bleakest month of the year.
This month we’ve also been taking part in a team fitness challenge to: a) beat the post-festive slump and b) to give us a focus during January whilst we work from home. Although in true 67 Degrees style, our steps-per-day challenge has brought out the competitive side in each of us – there is a trophy up for grabs after all!
We’re a dog loving bunch, so half of the team have been taking on the challenge with their furry friends in tow. Christmas has carried on into January for these happy hounds! Even those of us that don’t own a dog are getting in on the Walk Your Dog Month action, by signing up to dog walking sites, such as Borrow My Doggy. Our web developer, Ruben, has even encouraged his cat to get in on the action!
Combined with our Step it Up Challenge, Walk Your Dog Month has highlighted the need for outdoor exercise during the January lockdown. We’re each making the effort to spend some time away from our laptops, no matter what the weather holds. And do you know what, it’s really been quite fun – even on the most wintry of days.