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K9 Kamp Challenge #1: Walk it Off

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We are delighted that you are joining us for our very first Koly & Kelly’s Fitness Challenge! This week we’re going to start nice and easy and walk it off!

Your Challenge (should you choose to accept it) is to walk for 60 minutes this week.

Why Walking? Walking is all sorts of good for your body. Studies show that walking can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce high cholesterol and improve blood lipid profile, reduce body fat, enhance mental well-being, increase bone density & help prevent osteoporosis, reduce the risk of Type-2 diabetes and more. Walks are also good for Fido, providing a  much needed outlet for energy and helping to burn off a few of those Scooby Snacks!

You know that runner’s high everyone is always talking about? 

Well, we believe that walking is the Gateway drug. Once you get in the habit of walking with your dog, you’ll want to do more and more fun, fitness activities with Fido. The great news is that most dogs have an insatiable appetite for walking and they are happy to go where ever you may lead them. We hope that the K9 Kamp challenges will encourage you to find little ways to add fun & fitness to your everyday routine.

Make it Your Own

The great thing about getting fit with Fido at K9 Kamp is that you can customize each challenge so that it works for YOU. No fancy rules, no crazy equipment. Just you, your dog, a leash and a collar.

Ready to walk? 

Start with a “warm up walk” by walking at a normal pace for a few minutes. Once you are good & warm, start walking at a brisk pace that challenges you, but does not leave you gasping for breath. (A good brisk walk burns more belly & liver fat than a casual stroll!) You should be able to carry on a conversation as you walk. If you can’t, you might be working too hard!

Remember to watch your walking posture! Swing your arms, keep your head up, back straight and abs flat. Point your toes straight ahead and take long strides, but don’t strain.

Keep your pup’s head in the game by encouraging them to keep moving, instead of stopping to sniff & small their way down the street. My neighbors probably think I’m nuts, but I am constantly encouraging Koly to “Keep It Up Puggle!” or “Come On Koly” while we work out.

Not ready for 60 full minutes of fitness fun? Do you live on the face of the sun and have to exercise before dawn or after dusk?  Try splitting the 60 minute challenge up into smaller blocks so that it works for your fitness level and schedule. Kamp is easily split into:

  • 1 – 60 minute Session
  • 2 – 30 minute Sessions
  • 3 – 20 minute Sessions
  • 4 – 15 minute Sessions
Working out during the day under the hot a fire sun? Make sure you bring a water bottle for both you and for your pup!
Just getting started on a new fitness routine? Feeling a little out of shape?  Find a nice flat area or a neighborhood with easy, rolling hills. Choose several shorter sessions like 15 to 20 minutes. 
Want to kick it up a notch and really challenge yourself and your dog?  Try carrying a can of wet dog food in each hand as a weight. (I suppose you could use normal hand weights or wrist weights, but really? Where is the K9 Kamp fun in that?!) For dogs who need more of a challenge a Dog Pack weighted with water bottles adds some extra weight and helps burns some additional calories. Another fun way to add some challenge and keep your walks fresh is to walk in a steeply hilled neighborhood or in a location with a lot of stairs. Hills & stairs are great for the butt!

Pups and their people who are up to the challenge can even try jogging or running together to add an extra punch to their workout.

Not a fan of walking?  Consider biking with your dog, like Carrie and her pups do over at All Things Dog Blog!
We put the “WAG” in “SWAG” 

To get you motivated, our fabulous K9 Kamp sponsors have got more than $1000 in awesome prizes for us to give away!

We have a new and exciting prize package every single week, plus a Grand Prize Package that is Fabulous!

Here is what you can win this week!

(click on the sponsor’s name or logo to check out their website!)

An e-subscription to FIDO Friendly Magazine

Fido Friendly is the only magazine dedicated to the travel & lifestyle of Man’s Best Friend and the one magazine your dog will thank you for. Do you travel with your pooch? Check out FIDO Friendly!
Marley & Me: The Puppy Years DVD
Did you love the movie Marley & Me? There’s a new Marley Movie capturing all the fun and craziness of Marley’s puppy years.  Fans of the “worst dog ever” will have to check out this awe-inducing look down Marley’s memory lane.
A Sam’s Closet Leash & Collar Set
courtesy of Krazy for Pets

Sam’s Wardrobe collars are made from select fabrics with high quality hardware which will make your pets look cute, but you’ll still have the  control! Made with a nylon core and 100% cotton fabric, these adorable collars and leashes are washable and durable.
A Custom Etched or Stamped Pet Tag
from Tag Me Pet Tags

These beautiful hand-crafted metal tags are designed with fashion and whimsy in mind, mixing different colours and textures of metal to delicate etchings and fun charms. Made by the folks at Curious Crow Jewelry, Tag Me Pet Tags are a designer addition to any collar.

Want even more prizes?

Each time you complete the weekly challenge and enter for weekly prizes, you are automatically entered to win our Grand Prize Package! Check it out! 
So what are you waiting for?!?!? Get out there and KAMP!
Only completing the challenge is mandatory – all other entries are completely option and you can complete as many – or as few – as you like!

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