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FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 39:22 Dog Walk Essentials



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Labrador Lesson for 9/29/22:

Dog Walk Essentials.

The Labs wanted to share the essentials for a safe, fun dog walk. They asked Ben to help out with the lesson…check out the video…or just read along for the essentials. The most essential element is an engaged human, who is focused on the dogs! After that, the labs suggest you include the following items: 1. A stylish collar (the labs like climbing rope). 2. A sturdy, colorful leash (again, climbing rope is great). 3. Snacks (depending on distance/duration). 4. Water (depending on temperature). 5. A First Aid Kit.

The Labs believe in making movement a lifestyle, so, whether you have 2 legs or 4, gather the essentials, get outside, and get moving.

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


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 38:22 Don’t Worry About How You Look…Just Keep Moving




Labrador Lesson for 9/22/22:

Don’t worry about what you look like…just keep moving.

From Maggie the Black Lab: as Labradors, we love to move. At the moment, I’m a bit embarrassed because I have a skin infection on my head (probably a result of scratching due to allergies). My humans took me to the vet. I’m getting treatment, and I’ll be ok, but they had to shave a few spots on my head, so I’m not looking my best. But I’m not going to let that stop me from enjoying my walks in the park!

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, don’t worry about what you look like, or whether others might judge you, just move! Whether it’s a physical condition, or a lack of the latest gear, or just a fear of looking awkward, try not to worry about appearances…just move. Movement has physical and mental benefits for 2- and 4-legged movers!

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


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 37:22 Create a Movement Back-Up Plan




Labrador Lesson for 9/15/22:

Create a movement back-up plan.

As Labradors, we love to move. Like most movers, we have our favorite movement routine. For us, that includes hiking in our local county park. When our favorite location isn’t available, due to an event like the Covered Bridge Festival or due to icy trails, we have a movement back-up plan that allows us to keep moving.

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, we recommend creating a movement back-up plan that allows you to keep moving when life gets in the way of your preferred movement routine. Whether your favorite class is canceled or a work or family obligation prevents you from attending your movement activity of choice, if you have a back-up plan, you can still make movement part of your day. Keep a list of movement options, so that when your routine is disrupted, you can still find ways to just move.

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


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 36:22 A Movement Buddy Makes Moving More Fun




Labrador Lesson for 9/8/22:

A movement buddy makes moving more fun.

We are energetic Labradors. We like to get outside and get moving most days of the week. What makes our movement sessions even MORE fun? Moving with each other and our humans. If you need a little extra motivation to get moving, try adding a 2- or 4-legged movement buddy to your routine.

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, including a movement buddy into your movement routine may motivate you to move more. Side note: when introducing a new movement buddy into your existing routine, be sure to move at the pace of the slowest mover so that all participants are able to enjoy the movement experience.

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

FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 23:22 Don’t Wait for Motivation; Just Move




Have you heard the news from the FitLabPGH Labs??? We’ve introduced Labrador Lessons from the FitLabPGH Podcast! Every Thursday, we’ll be bringing you wisdom from the FitLabPGH Labradors (with occasional input from the cats).

Don’t wait for motivation; Just Move.

As Labradors, we love to move, whether we’re hiking/jogging, taking a recovery day stroll, or playing around in the backyard. But we understand that humans look for “motivation” to move. We think movement is fun…isn’t that enough motivation? If not, here’s an idea: on days when you don’t feel like moving, get outside for a short walk. Commit to walking for 10-20 minutes. You may find you want to keep moving, but even if you don’t, you will have made movement part of your day.

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, don’t wait for motivation, or perfect conditions, or for your schedule to become less busy…Just Move.

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


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 22:22 Movement is a Lifestyle




Have you heard the news from the FitLabPGH Labs??? We’ve introduced Labrador Lessons from the FitLabPGH Podcast! Every Thursday, we’ll be bringing you wisdom from the FitLabPGH Labradors (with occasional input from the cats).

Movement is a Lifestyle.

As Labradors, we love to move, whether we’re hiking/jogging, taking a recovery day stroll, or casually playing around in the backyard. Our cat roommates also like move and play. While we don’t attend structured “workouts,” we all make movement part of our lifestyle.

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, make time to “just” move. Workouts and scheduled activities are great, but make time for unstructured movement in between your planned workouts. Take a stroll through the woods or a local park. Take an extra walk with your dog(s). Do a little mobility work before bed. Make time for a casual bike ride. Just Move.

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


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 21:22 It’s OK to Take a Day Off.




Have you heard the news from the FitLabPGH Labs??? We’ve introduced Labrador Lessons from the FitLabPGH Podcast! Every Thursday, we’ll be bringing you wisdom from the FitLabPGH Labradors (with occasional input from the cats).

It’s ok to take a day off.

As Labradors, we love to move, but we understand that our bodies need occasional rest days. Yesterday was one of those days. Instead of a hike with the humans, we had a “spa day” at Woody’s Dog Wash and enjoyed naps with our feline friends. Of course, we still made time to move and play in the backyard.

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, make time for rest and recovery. Take an occasional day off…from work…or from working out…or from watching the news. Relax and recharge. Make time to Move and Play…and REST. Find ways to manage your stress, so that you’re energized and ready to get back to your regular schedule after your break.

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


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 20:22 First Impressions Matter.




Have you heard the news from the FitLabPGH Labs??? We’ve introduced Labrador Lessons from the FitLabPGH Podcast! Every Thursday, we’ll be bringing you wisdom from the FitLabPGH Labradors (with occasional input from the cats).

First impressions matter.

As Labradors, we love to get outside to move with our humans. When we do, we stay alert to keep our humans, and ourselves, safe. When we see off-leash dogs, we need to assume they are unfriendly and/or uncontrolled, and we change our route to keep our distance and stay safe.

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, make a good first impression on other outside movers by being a responsible park/trail user! Leash your humans. A friendly greeting to passerby is great, but keep a polite social distance. In other words: don’t lunge at other trail users and give others room when passing. A little trail etiquette goes a long way to allowing everyone to enjoy their outdoor movement time.

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


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 18:22 You Don’t Need a Special Occasion to Move




Have you heard the news from the FitLabPGH Labs??? We’ve introduced Labrador Lessons from the FitLabPGH Podcast! Every Thursday, we’ll be bringing you wisdom from the FitLabPGH Labradors (with occasional input from the cats).

You don’t need a special occasion to move.

As Labradors, we love to move…on any terrain…at any speed…in almost any weather (full disclosure: we don’t love hot, humid days). We don’t wait for a Doggy Dash 5k or National Walk Your Dog Day to take our humans out for a walk/hike/jog…we make daily movement part of our lifestyle, year-round.
Whether you have 2 legs or 4, don’t wait for an event or special occasion…get moving today. Find an activity you enjoy, then make time to move. Hate running? Take a walk! Explore a local park by hiking the trails. Grab a helmet and go for a bike ride. We understand some humans prefer indoor movement…that’s ok; our cats are like that…climb the walls, do some mobility work…just move!

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


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 17:22 Take Time to Enjoy the Journey




Have you heard the news from the FitLabPGH Labs??? We’ve introduced Labrador Lessons from the FitLabPGH Podcast! Every Thursday, we’ll be bringing you wisdom from the FitLabPGH Labradors (with occasional input from the cats).

Take time to enjoy the journey.

 As Labradors, we love to move…on any terrain…at any speed. We know it’s not ALL about the pace. If we obsess about pace, we might avoid hills…and we certainly wouldn’t take time to enjoy a “Summit Celebration” with our human…and hills and celebrations are some of the best parts of hiking!

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, take time to enjoy the journey. Whether you’re hiking, biking, walking, or running, enjoy the experience. Of course, if you’re training for a race, pace is a factor…but outside of training sessions, try to find time to move for the sake of moving…take the hill…explore a new trail (even if it slows you down)…get outside and enjoy the experience of moving!

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