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FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 2:23 Don’t Over-Complicate Your Routines




Labrador Lesson for 1-13-23 (Scroll down to the YouTube video or read the lesson below):

Don’t over-complicate your routines.

Happy Friday the 13th! We hope your 2023 is off to a great start. Whether you’re working to incorporate New Year’s goals or resolutions into your lifestyle or just settling back into your routine after the disruption of the holidays, we (the Labradors) have a suggestion: Keep It Simple. We practice what we preach, our daily routine is: Eat, Sleep, Move…Repeat. We know you humans have more responsibilities than we do…we’re not working dogs…but if you want to stick to a health and wellness routine, it needs to be simple enough that you won’t get overwhelmed and give up. So figure out what you NEED to do, then add what you WANT to do, and make it sufficiently simple that you can do it consistently.

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, don’t over-complicate your health and wellness routine. Create a simple routine that you can maintain, consistently, throughout the year.


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 1:23 Don’t Compare Yourself to Others




Labrador Lesson for 1-6-23 (Scroll down to the YouTube video or read the lesson below):

Don’t compare your movement practice to the practices of others.

Happy New Year! As Labradors, we appreciate our daily movement practice. We don’t compare ourselves to working dogs or dogs who frequently visit off-leash dog parks. We enjoy hiking with our humans, who we keep on leash for their safety. But we understand that humans have a tendency to compare themselves to the influencers who fill their social media feeds. Our advice? Stop! Don’t compare your daily movement practice to someone else’s social media highlight reel! Find movement that you enjoy, that fits into your lifestyle, and repeat consistently!

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, making movement part of your lifestyle is good for body and mind. Choose movement you like to do. Then keep moving. And move more. Most importantly, move for yourself, not just for likes on social media.


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 52:22 Resolve to Make Movement Part of Your Lifestyle




Labrador Lesson for 12-30-22 (watch the YouTube video below or just read on):

If you make New Year’s Resolutions, resolve to make movement part of your lifestyle.

As Labradors, we don’t make New Year’s Resolutions…and we like to move every day, in almost any weather…but we understand that humans often wrap up a year by making resolutions for the next year. If you’re one of those humans, we suggest you resolve to make movement a lifestyle…for yourself and your 4-legged friends. Schedule time to move, in ways that you enjoy, on most days. The movement sessions don’t need to be “killer workouts”…just move!

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, making movement part of your lifestyle is good for body and mind. So if you’re looking for a New Year’s Resolution, resolve to Move More!


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 51:22 Yay! Winter is Finally Here!




Labrador Lesson for 12-23-22:

Yay! Winter is finally here!

As Labradors, we like to move every day, in almost any weather…but our favorite season is Winter! We don’t need to worry about overheating, and we can hike on trails with less concern about ticks. We understand that humans don’t always like to get outside in the rain or snow. But if you acquire the proper gear, and dress for the conditions, you can get outside and keep moving through the Winter. While you’re shopping for human cold weather gear, pick up some Musher’s Secret Paw Wax for your dogs, and perhaps a dog coat if your dog doesn’t love the cold like we do.

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, a movement session in the fresh air is good for body and mind. Remember, a tired dog is a happy dog. So get prepared for conditions, then get outside and get moving!


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 50:22 Be Consistent with Your Movement Practice




Labrador Lesson for 12-16-22:

Be consistent with your movement practice.

If you want to make movement part of your lifestyle, you can’t wait for “perfect” conditions to move. As Labradors, we like to move every day, in almost any weather. We understand that humans don’t always like to get outside in the rain or snow. Plus, the Holiday Season is a busy time, often full of schedule disruptions…not good news for your pets, or your movement routine. While you may need to alter your movement plan due to weather or schedule constraints, you can usually still find a way to sneak some movement into your day.

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, find a way to move in some way on most days. Consistency is key to making movement part of your lifestyle.


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 49:22 Healthy Holiday Treats for Dogs



Labrador Lesson for 12-9-22:

Healthy Holiday Treats for Dogs.

The Holiday Season is a time of treats…as Labradors, we’re happy to eat anything that crosses our path, but we acknowledge that certain “human” foods are poisonous to dogs. So we’re reminding you to do your homework on which foods are unsafe for us (like chocolate and onions); please keep those foods out of our reach.

Want to give us a holiday treat? Healthy dog treats, like those from @portlandpetfood are always a great option. If you want to share human food with us, please check with your vet (or a reputable website), then experiment with dog-safe fruits and veggies. We love pumpkin, snap peas, green beans, blueberries, and bananas (to name a few).

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, we hope you have a happy holiday season that includes movement and healthy treats!


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 48:22 Make Time for Your Pets During the Holiday Season




Labrador Lesson for 12-2-22:

Make Time for Your Pets During the Holiday Season.

The Holiday Season is a busy time, often full of schedule disruptions…not good news for your pets, who like routines. Remember: your pets are not accoutrements, ready to be trotted out for photo ops. Your pets (especially your dogs), want to be around their humans. Remember to make them part of your holiday season.

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, make time for friends and family this holiday season. Make time to move, rest, AND Play.


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 47:22 Happy Thanksgiving




Labrador Lesson for 11-24-22:

Happy Thanksgiving!

Three things we’re thankful for as Labradors: 1) Cooler weather for trail hikes with less risk of overheating or tick encounters; 2) regular walks with our humans; and 3) the chance that the humans will drop pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) on the floor during Thanksgiving prep

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, take a moment today (and every day) to appreciate the positive things in your life. We wish you a happy, healthy, safe, movement-filled Thanksgiving!

Visit www.FitLabPGH.com for tips, hacks, and podcasts to help you get moving and keep moving through 2022!


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 46:22 National Hiking Day Safety Tips



Labrador Lesson for 11-17-22:

Safety tips for National Hiking Day.

As Labradors, we don’t need an excuse like #nationalhikingday to get outside for a walk/hike/run…but because it IS National Hiking Day, here are 3 tips to help keep your 4-legged friends safe when you take us for a hike. 1) Keep us on a leash so that we don’t eat anything or chase anything that might hurt us. 2) Don’t overwork us. We get it. Temps are cooler; you’re ready to crush it! But take time to condition us for longer hikes. 3) Check our paws before and after hikes for signs of wear or injuries.

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, get outside and get moving. Don’t wait for next year’s National Hiking Day to #takeahike

Visit www.FitLabPGH.com for tips, hacks, and podcasts to help you get moving and keep moving through 2022!


FitLabPGH Presents Movement is a Lifestyle on PTCT7 – Show #10 – Mike Schultz, Highland Training



The latest episode of Movement is a Lifestyle on Peters Township Community Television features Mike Schultz of Highland Training. Thanks to the staff & students for making it happen and to our guest, Mike Schultz for taking time to talk about how to become a stronger, faster cyclist. Mike offered tips for cycling/training through the winter and guidance on whether hiring a coach is right for you. If improving your cycling is on your to do list, check out www.highlandtraining.net for endurance coaching!