Health Benefits of Long Walks for Big Dogs
As you head out for a walk with your best doggo friend you may start to feel the pure, sweet bliss of being a proud pup owner. It’s a bond like no other.
The non-judgemental companionship and unconditional love that comes from pets are known to have substantial mental health benefits for owners, including increased self-esteem.
When we feel good about ourselves, we are more empowered to do all the things we love. But we know that low-energy days happen to the best of us, making it difficult to get up and out, especially if the weather isn’t conducive for a stroll. That’s why we’ve combined our two favorite topics, good bois and cannabis, into one dynamite blog. So, leash up and enjoy the journey towards a happier and healthier you.
Why Long Walks are Good for Your Health
Let’s start with the basics. Exercise is good for us all. It provides countless physical, mental, and social health benefits.
Walking is the most common and popular form of physical activity for many adults. You don’t need any expensive equipment or a gym membership, and you can easily incorporate it into your daily tasks.
The CDC recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week. That equals just over 20 minutes of exercise a day. With your best pal by your side, this can be an easy benchmark to hit. There’s nothing like an exercise partner who’s waiting by the door with a wagging tail to keep you motivated!
Need even more motivation? This Health Report from Harvard Medical School states that walking your dog does count as exercise – and that there’s evidence to back it up!
We’re sure it comes as no surprise that dogs love long walks! Their natural curiosity and intuitiveness is best illustrated through exploring. (Plus, they love spending one-on-one time with you.)
A dog that doesn’t receive sufficient exercise can easily become bored, destructive, or anxious. Not to mention, walking has major health benefits for your doggo.
From weight management and digestive health to joint mobility, there are many advantages to walking your pup every day. Whether it’s a walk to the park for some frisbee and fetch, or hiking a trail for a day of exploring, you’re both getting in a daily work-out.
There are several other amazing health benefits that come with going on long walks with your best friend. Research from the University of Western Australia found that owning a pet not only benefits your well-being, but also makes a positive impact in your community.
According to Mayo Clinic, socializing not only staves off feelings of loneliness, but also helps sharpen cognitive functions. When taking a stroll with your best bud, you’re more likely to meet people in your neighborhood, which helps you stay socially connected.
Cannabis is another fantastic way to socially connect as it is known to help reduce social anxiety, making it easier to connect with other pup parents and admirers.
How Cannabis Can Take Your Walks to the Next Level
When you use cannabis, it has the ability to release endorphins. Endorphins are the chemicals that relieve pain and stress in your body. They trigger a positive feeling in your body, resulting in relaxation and euphoria.
Additionally, the ever-growing acquiescence of medical cannabis (also known as medical marijuana) is not only linked to treating physical conditions such as multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and people struggling with cancer but it’s been proven to contribute to the treatment of several mental health problems.
Nowadays, stress is often an everyday ailment for most folks and directly affects your mental and emotional health. It can make us restless, anxious, depressed or worried.
Even if you’re using cannabis recreationally rather than medically, you’ll still be able to reap the therapeutic benefits it contributes to conditions such as depression, anxiety, and psychiatric disorders.
Regaining balance with cannabis can bring you a deep sense of relaxation without feeling lethargic. This gives you the perfect opportunity to have a nice jaunt with your favorite pupperino who will undoubtedly boost your mood! The conversation of cannabis and its positive impact to our well-being will always be expanding and it’s exciting that we get to be a part of it!
Ready for a Walk?
These are all just a few of the major advantages that both walking and cannabis can add to your physical and mental well-being. With that said, next time you’re out and about with your loyal furry friend, make sure to boop the snoot and grab one of our expertly crafted cannabis pre-rolls. It’ll be quite the journey.
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