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Five Reasons You Should Exercise With Your Dog

 

Dogs make for excellent workout partners. Studies have shown that dog owners are more active in general. Most dogs love to be active, and they therefore contribute toward keeping the whole family active. Even if you already take your dog for regular walks or throw a ball around the backyard, there is no reason that you cannot make the family pet part of your actual workout routine. Dogs’ love hiking, jogging, running, even cycling! Here are five reasons that you should consider working out with your dog regularly.

1. Dogs Keep You Motivated

Dogs love walking and running, and there are no reason that the enthusiasm might not be contagious. Many people find it easier to follow a training plan when they have a partner to train with, so why not make your “best friend” your training partner? Dogs love to jog and run, and even if your fitness plan calls for something a little more sedate — such as long brisk walks — your canine friend will still love it. Dogs will encourage you to follow a routine, such as going for a run after work every day, and they can also turn your exercise sessions into a more positive experience.

2. Working Out With A Dog is Safer

If you run alone, a dog can help you to feel safer, especially if you run or hike on remote trails, or at night. Although running with a dog does not guarantee safety (running at night or on trails always has a small element of danger), it makes it more unlikely that you will be approached or attacked if you are running with a dog, especially a large one.

3. Dogs Make Exercise Fun

You might not always look like you’re having fun when you’re running, but your dog will. Most dogs love to run and walk, so that means that the both of you will be having fun. In fact, if you are working your way up a difficult hill or going for a personal record, your dog may have more fun than you do! On those days when training seems difficult, your dog’s energy and happiness can be contagious.

4. Running is Good for Your Dog, too

Like humans, dogs were “born to run”. Running will help your dog to maintain weight and muscle tone, make for a healthier heart and circulatory system, and help your dog to build and maintain endurance. Also, similar to humans, regular exercise will contribute to good canine mental health. If you deserve to be fit, healthy, and happy, then your “best friend” does too. As your fitness improves, your dogs will too.

5. Running Will Make Your Dog Tired!

If you are troubled by your dogs’ destructive tendencies or overabundance of energy, you are certainly not the only one. Many dog owners forget that dogs need a lot of exercise. There is no guarantee that regular exercise will turn your dog into an angel, but a tired, happy, satisfied dog is more likely to be a dog that won’t be a tear around the house, chewing up your favorite pair of running shoes, or dig its way to freedom under the backyard fence!

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New Retail Displays

  

After over 7 years of selling direct to consumers online, Body Wipe Company is entering the retail (brick and mortar) market space. These POP (point of purchase) displays were specially design for our Tat Towels and Paper Shower dual wet and dry towel pack products. Another  POP display was also designed for our Dog Bath in a Pack  product www.dogbathinapack.com

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The Healthy Perks of Exercising 30 Minutes Per Day

  

In addition to temporarily losing a few pounds, starting and maintaining a regular exercise routine can be an effective way to ward off certain physical and mental issues. Just 30 minutes a day spent being physically active can bring about impressive results within a relatively short amount of time.

Losing weight may be the most popular reason many people begin an exercise regimen. Depending on a person’s weight and the intensity of the workout, approximately 90 to 360 calories can be burned in a single 30-minute workout. At half an hour a day, 5 times a week, the pounds can begin to melt away surprisingly quickly.

Exercising to prevent heart and cardiovascular disease is an excellent way to be proactive about personal health. Walking, running or doing a moderately intense workout for 30 minutes strengthens the heart muscle, lowering the risk of getting heart disease by nearly two times. Regularly exercising also raises HDL levels, the ‘good’ cholesterol, and lowers LDL levels, the ‘bad’ cholesterol. This can lower blood pressure, decreasing the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

A 30 minute per day workout schedule can help to regulate your blood sugar and burn body fat, leading to a decreased chance of developing type 2 diabetes. If type 2 diabetes is already an issue, exercising can help keep the important blood glucose levels in the safe range.

Symptoms of depression and anxiety can ease during and after physical exercise. The body releases endorphins, a ‘feel-good’ chemical while exercising. Another positive aspect of having a regular exercise routine is that it’s something that can be started right away, without the need to make an appointment or drastically alter a day’s schedule. Just a 30-minute walk during lunch hour or after work can have a considerable healthy effect on the body and mind.

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Shark Tank Audition Video

 

Body Wipe Company Co-Founders, Joel Saban and Jim Bahcall, star in a final audition video for the ABC hit show Shark Tank.

Once you get to the video audition round, you are considered a finalist. There are 160 finalists chosen out of over 35,000 applicants each year. The producers then invite 80 from the 160 videos submitted to come to Hollywood to appear on the show.

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Getting Started With Yoga

 

 Are you looking to add something new to your exercise routine? Are you growing tired of your current fitness classes? Do you work out consistently, but have reached a plateau in your weight loss progress? Would you like to try yoga but are unsure which class to take?

Yoga is a form of exercise based on Eastern philosophy. The word “yoga” loosely translated means “to yoke”, or “to join”. Yoga aims to join the body and the mind through movement and breathing. There are many styles of yoga practiced by people of all ages all over the world. Some popular styles are listed below.

Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga yoga is a dynamic style of yoga that develops muscle strength, endurance and flexibility. Deep, rhythmic breathing is used throughout the practice to energize the body. A typical Ashtanga class lasts between 60 and 90 minutes. This style is recommended for reasonably fit individuals.

Hot Yoga

Known by various names in different areas, hot yoga is a series of yoga postures performed in a heated room, typically 92 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat warms the muscles, helping them to stretch. The body releases toxins out through the skin as sweat. This style is recommended for reasonably fit individuals and usually lasts 60 to 90 minutes.

 Yin Yoga

Yin yoga is a less dynamic style. Yin yoga positions are deep muscle stretches that lengthen connective tissues and increase flexibility. Most postures are seated postures, performed from a sitting position on your mat. These postures are held for 3 to 5 minutes. This gives the muscles ample time for a complete stretch. Yin yoga is appropriate for all fitness levels. Classes are typically 60 to 90 minutes long.

 Hatha Yoga

Hatha yoga moves through a series of postures designed to develop muscular strength and create a sense of well being. An emphasis is placed on breathing deeply into each posture to move oxygen efficiently throughout the body. A hatha yoga class can run anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes. It is considered appropriate for all fitness levels.

Yoga is a wonderful way to stay active. There are a variety of styles to suit different tastes and fitness levels. Recently hybrid classes have become available in many areas. Hybrid classes blend yoga with more familiar forms of exercise such as pilates, ballet, cardiovascular training, weight training and dance. Try a yoga class and discover which style works for you!

 

 

 

 

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5 Practices that Promote Happiness

Happiness is elusive and difficult to define. Most people think that they know it when they see it. What many don’t know is how to achieve happiness – both how to find it and how to hold on to it. We tend to assume that happiness is like the weather – which can change beyond our control.

Yet throughout human history, certain practices have been effective in producing feelings of happiness. Some of these techniques are associated with the major world religions, but religion does not have a monopoly on happiness. Here are five pursuits that have helped many people to experience happiness on a consistent basis.

  1. Doing good for others. This consistently shows up in lists of tips and techniques for achieving happiness. People who focus on the needs of others experience proportionately less anxiety about their own circumstances. In addition, doing good deeds leads to an improved self-image and increased self-confidence.
  1. Meditating. Meditation can occur in a religious framework or in a secular context. It involves resting the rational mind and focusing for a prolonged period on a still point in the universe. Meditation has the effect of allowing the mind to reset, which releases frustration and anxiety and restores a sense of balance. It is this sense of balance or equilibrium that translates into happiness.
  1. Setting objectives and pursuing plans. There is nothing more depressing than having no goals and no plans! Pursuing an objective through carefully planned steps – whether or not the objective is ultimately achieved – results in feelings of well-being and satisfaction.
  1. Striving for artistic beauty. Though it’s not completely clear how art relates to happiness, people who cultivate an artistic pursuit – painting, sculpture, music, or writing – find that seeking artistic excellence produces feelings of happiness and joy. It doesn’t matter whether or not others are inspired by their artistic creations (if others enjoy the creations, that’s a bonus). What matters is the single-minded focus on creating something that is beautiful in itself.
  1. Treating yourself well. People tend to believe that their happiness depends mainly upon the way they’re treated by others – forgetting that each person also has a relationship with himself or herself! Treating yourself well involves patience, forbearance and forgiveness, and it is the best recipe for long-term emotional health.

While these activities have helped many individuals to achieve happiness, there is certainly no one-size-fits-all. Nevertheless, it is clear that certain techniques can produce consistently positive feelings and dramatically improve a person’s outlook on life.

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Night Running

 

Young woman jogging outside in the city
Woman jogging at night in the city

People like to sleep in longer, and appear fresh for the day, so it’s no wonder that saving your run for just before bed is becoming increasingly popular.  Night running can offer better conditions for exercise, and it’s the time your body is most receptive to exertion. Here are some convincing reasons to make it part of your training.

You’ll Feel Fresher at Work

One of people’s biggest concerns with morning exercise is the possibility of burning out before the day has really begun. Nobody wants to walk into work already exhausted from early exertion, or spend their meetings stifling yawns. But it can be wonderfully cathartic to finish the day with intense exercise. You’ll release any stress that accumulated over the day, and pushing yourself harder is much easier when you get to go to bed afterwards, instead of a desk.

Your Muscles Are Primed and Ready 

Regardless of distance or speed, a great run will always be one where you feel strong and alive. Running first thing can frustrate these sensations because your body isn’t ready yet. Not only will you still be brushing the sleep from your eyes, you’ll be running on muscles that aren’t loosened up yet. Waiting until evening means your body will have benefited from a whole day of warming up, and you won’t even have had to think about it.

You Won’t Overheat

Your muscles might be warmer, but outside it’ s cooler, and that’s always a blessing – especially if you’re planning to go fast or hit some interval training. Exercising in the glare and heat of the sun can transform a relaxing run into a sweaty ordeal, which can truly affect your performance. And it’s not just the sun you’ll avoid: airborne allergens such as pollen are much less concentrated in the evening.

You’ll Avoid the Traffic

Drivers can make running extremely unpleasant; it’s not often a car will slow down for you, and you’re often left jogging on the spot next to the traffic lights. No runner needs that! At worst, of course, cars can cause injuries. Running at night goes a long way towards eliminating these problems. They’ll be fewer vehicles on the road, and since you’re not interrupting rush hour, they won’t be in such a hurry. Drivers will also have their lights on, so they’ll be easier to spot. Invest in a hi-visible vest or armband so the same can be said for you!

 

 

 

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6 Habits of People Who Stay Healthy and Fit

 

Becoming fit and healthy does not happen overnight. It takes discipline and self-control. It is important that you look at becoming and staying healthy and fit as a lifestyle rather than a seasonal fad. Below are six habits of people who make health and fitness apart of their everyday lifestyle. Embodying these six habits will help put you on the right path towards achieving a healthier and fit way of life.

  1. Finding time to exercise on a daily basis

It may seem impossible to squeeze exercise time between your job, commute, and family time, but you can’t use this as an excuse. You need to make the time in your busy schedule to go to a gym or health club. You can also opt to exercise at home if you don’t want to join a gym. You do not need to purchase expensive home gym equipment to achieve a healthy body. A workout can be as simple as doing crunches, push-ups, and sit-ups. Also you can check online fitness sites for types of exercise routines to do at home.

  1. Focusing on how you want to feel

Focusing only on how you want to look after exercising can have a negative impact if you are the impatient kind. Instead, try to focus on how good you will feel after working out. Exercising may be arduous while you are doing it, but the increased energy that you get afterwards will be worth it. Use this “good feeling” as your motivation to keep working out while you wait for more visible and tangible results.

  1. Don’t wait for an occasion

People usually head for the gym in preparation for summer break or to look great for a special occasion. They usually decide to lose weight four to five weeks before the special date, setting unreasonable goals and ultimately end up going back to a sedative life in the process. The nice thing about choosing a health and fitness lifestyle, you never have to wait for a special occasion to get fit because you are always in shape and feeling great!

  1. Change workout routines 

Doing the same workout on a daily basis can get old fast. You can end up getting bored and this might cause you to stop working out altogether. A little variety can do wonders and will make your journey to health and fitness a much better experience. An example of a variety of workouts could include circuit training, yoga, running, weight training, biking and/or swimming.

  1. Eat in moderation

Having to give up your favorite foods is probably the most difficult part of dieting. Rather than giving them up totally, learn to eat foods you like in moderation. Don’t deprive yourself of certain foods you enjoy eating, just learn to portion them and not binge eat.

  1. Getting enough sleep

Sleep is essential for your ability to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle. You can’t expect to have a productive workout on a couple of hours of sleep the night. Being constantly tired can also make for an easy excuse not to exercise at all.  Therefore, it is important that you make sure to have a good balance between a highly productive day and a restful night of sleep.

 

 

 

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Exercise Leads to Better Sleep

 

Millions of Americans are affected by sleeping disorders, but adding a workout to your routine might help alleviate your nighttime woes. According to a recent survey by the National Sleep Foundation, people who reported participating in regular exercise also reported having the highest quality sleep.

Nearly fifty percent of respondents who reported no physical activity also answered that they have very bad or fairly bad sleep quality. By adding light exercise–as little as a ten minute walk per day–the amount of people reporting poor sleep was cut in half, to just over twenty percent. People who participated in vigorous exercise every day had the lowest occurrence of poor sleep. It was also shown that those who did not exercise were more prone to daytime sleepiness while driving, eating, or participating in social functions.

The poll also asked its respondents how many hours per day were spent sitting. Unsurprisingly, those who spent the most time sitting also had the worst quality sleep at night. It is clear that there is a direct correlation between the amounts of exercise you do and the quality of sleep you experience. Adding physical activity, even just a small amount, can help you get that “shut eye” you most desperately need.