Say hello to your new accountability partner: your pet. As we ring in the New Year, many of us set resolutions to improve our lives, from fitness routines to mindful living.
With January 17th infamously known as Ditch Day – the day when many abandon their resolutions – incorporating your pet into your newfound habits could be the key to not becoming part of that statistic.
Sniff and sweat: dog pilates and cat yoga
The trend of including pets in workout routines is on the rise, with dog pilates becoming increasingly popular. Imagine performing your pilates routine while your pup happily joins in or provides moral support.
Similarly, pet yoga offers a unique way to bond with your soulful sidekick while achieving physical and mental wellness. Integrating pets into your fitness regime not only enhances the experience but also keeps you motivated to stay on track.
Just like us, our pets often need a dietary overhaul. This year, consider aligning your nutritional resolutions with those of your pet. Planning healthy meals and being mindful of treats can benefit both of you.
Researching pet-friendly superfoods and appropriate portion sizes will help maintain a healthy lifestyle for you and your copilot.
Our pets are naturally attuned to the present moment, making them perfect mindfulness mentors. Whether it’s taking leisurely mindfulness walks, observing their playfulness, or simply enjoying quiet time together, these activities can enhance your zen practices. This year, let your pet guide you to a more present and peaceful state of mind.
Embrace the New Year as an opportunity for both personal and pet education. Commit to teaching your pet a new trick or command each month. This not only provides mental stimulation for your cat or dog but also enhances your own cognitive skills as you learn the best ways to train and communicate.
It's a fun and rewarding way to bond and keeps both of your minds sharp. You can start with simple commands and gradually move to more complex tricks. Document your progress to keep track of your achievements throughout the year.
If your pet has the right temperament, consider getting involved in community service together. Many nursing homes, hospitals, and schools welcome therapy animals to help uplift the spirits of their residents or students.
Training your pet for therapy work can be a fulfilling resolution that benefits many. It's a chance to spread joy and comfort in your community. Before starting, ensure your pet is well-suited for this kind of work and gets the appropriate certification if required.
This venture not only helps others but also fosters a deeper understanding and connection between you and your pet.
This year, resolve to adopt more sustainable practices in your daily life, including the way you care for your pet. Switching to eco-friendly pet products, such as biodegradable waste bags, organic grooming products, or sustainable toys, can significantly reduce your environmental footprint.
Additionally, consider homemade treats made from locally sourced ingredients to minimize packaging waste. Consider implementing recycling practices for pet food containers to consciously reduce the use of plastic products in pet care routines and contribute to a healthier planet.
This resolution not only benefits the environment but also encourages a healthier lifestyle for your pet and your family.
Involving your pet in your New Year's resolutions not only makes the journey more enjoyable but also strengthens the bond you share.
As you work towards a healthier, more mindful, and engaged lifestyle, remember that your pet is more than just a companion – they're your cheerleader! They want to see you succeed and won't snitch if you take a bit of extra time to develop your newfound healthy habits.
Here's to a year of shared growth and happiness with your whiskered accountability partner!
Lizz Caputo is the Manager of Content Strategy at Figo, animal enthusiast, and owner of a rescued senior American Bully. Her hobbies include checking out new restaurants in her area, boxing, and petting dogs of all shapes and sizes.