Too Busy to Walk? Bella Busts Your Excuses.

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In an earlier post, I wrote about the importance of walking with your dog. Today, I thought I’d counter some of the most common human excuses.

“I don’t have a dog.”

Volunteer to exercise a neighbor’s pet or to walk dogs at the local animal shelter. Most shelters desperately need people who can give dogs the physical activity they need to say healthy, happy and adoptable. (Our local Oregon Humane Society even has a “Running With Dogs” program for humans and dogs with energy to spare.)

“I’m too busy.”

Pick a time of the day and mark it on your daily calendar. It takes 21 days to form a habit, and walking is a good one to have.

“These stretchy pants make me look fat.”

You can’t find a more supportive, nonjudgmental and dependable walking partner than a dog. We don’t care where you are going, what you are wearing or what shape you are in—we’re just happy to tag along and keep you company.

“I don’t feel like it.”

Here’s the deal: Your dog doesn’t feel like dressing up for Halloween but he does it because he loves you and it makes you and all your YouTube friends crack up. Now lace up your sneakers and take your best friend outside.

Dogs are tangible, butt-wiggling reminders that regular physical activity is a basic and instinctual need. With enough exercise, we are happy, relaxed and confident. Without it, we’re anxious, stressed and bored. Humans are no different. So the next time you need to blow off some steam, lace up, leash up and go for a walk.

Wanna come walk with me?

By Bella the Boxer, adapted from her book Secrets of a Working Dog: Unleash Your Potential and Create Success. Visit