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Feeling sad?

Here in Holland the days are getting darker. The trees are becoming more bare every day and the air smells of earth and the decay of leaves. I don’t mind but a lot of people do, I have noticed. They are becoming sad or even suffer from something that is called sad: seasonal affective disorder. Do you wonder how I know that long and difficult word? Well, I read a lot when I am home alone. That is how I got to know the definition of sad – the disease, I mean. Not the feeling. I like being alone now and then. That probably makes me a not so average dog but hey, that’s me!

People suffering from sad are a bit depressed. They are tired and irritated by small things. They are vulnerable to little annoying illnesses, like a cold. That is all too bad, because there are some easy and natural remedies to get over this sadness. I think that in this case, too, humans can learn a lot from us dogs. We are never really sad. You want to know why? Here are some simple cures for sadness:

1. Sleep more. Take notice of what we do when it is dark and raining outside. We curl up in a nice and cosy place and we sleep. When we wake up and it is still dark and raining, we sleep some more.

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2. Go out and exercise. No, this is not contradictory to number 1. It is complementary! We go out and run and play and when we are tired we sleep. Being outdoor and exercising is combining two important remedies for sadness. You soak up whatever light and sunshine there is and you use your body. That makes you feel good. Even when it is cold and cloudy outside. Just try it, for at least one hour! You will feel much better afterwards.

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3. Do doga. Which is more exercise, but indoors so you can do it anytime, day or night. Doga is three things combined: moving your body, soothing your mind and having a good time with your canine. Don’t take it too seriously (you are not training for a doga contest, I hope), but laugh and have fun! It will melt your sadness away. Then, after doga, rest some more, if possible together.

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Life is good, even when the days are getting darker.

 

 

 

 

 

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Fun, companionship & love

The American dog whisperer Cesar Millan works with a formula that every dog owner who wants a friendly, balanced dog has to follow, in his opinion. It consists of three basic principles:

  1. Exercise
  2. Discipline
  3. Affection

In that order. So first you have to make sure your dog gets all the exercise she needs, then you have to discipline your dog (set rules and stuff like that) and after you have done all this, you should give her affection. The exercise part is for the body, discipline is for the mind and affection considers the heart, he writes.

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I think it is nicely said and he probably did a lot of thinking to put a complex subject like this into three simple words. But from a dog’s perspective he is not entirely right. I would translate this formula in three different words, meaning different things. This is my formula:

  1. Fun
  2. Companionship
  3. Love

I will explain this. When you have a dog and you want a good relationship with her, you will have to work together. Of course this means exercising, but there is more to it. You don’t just walk her every day for one hour (with her on the leash and you chatting to other humans), but you go out on Adventures together. You have fun. That is how you get to know each other. You won’t need to set artificial rules, because you will learn what works best for both of you while doing it. It is a natural process! Having fun together builds a strong relationship. It is a matter of the body and the mind.

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Companionship is about the mind. When you and your dog truly understand each other and you have a strong bond (because you have adventures!), you will be true companions. She will protect you and comfort you in times of sorrow, you will feed her and give her shelter. You will be a real team.

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Love (and respect) is what comes from fun & companionship. When you do all of the above, your dog will love you and you will love your dog. That is a matter of the heart. Although we dogs do not distinct body from mind and heart, in our opinion they are one and the same.

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When you follow this formula, you will not only have a balanced dog, but a friend for life. That is worth some effort, isn’t it?

 

 

 

Training schedule (kind of)

Some of my human readers told me they liked my post on the best workout in the Bubbles Guide on Happy Healthy Living, but they need more information on how to incorporate this into their life. Actually, they asked for a training schedule. They want to know exactly what to do on every day of the week. Jeez. What is it about listicles and schedules that humans like so much? Can’t they just go out and have fun? Apparently not. So all right, I will help them. But do not expect a detailed schedule from me, please. I am a dog. I don’t do spreadheets.

I can give you a basic training schedule. M and I do this together and she got inspired by a training method made by Mark Sisson. He developed a way of life, called primal living. M is enthusiastic about it and works out according to his schedule. I like it too, because it means we go out a lot. For this training method you do not go to the gym, you go outdoors! That’s great.

This is what we do, roughly speaking, every week:

– Every day: a walk for at least 1 hour. Using the entire body, as I explained in my previous post.

– Once a week: a sprint training. M says this is called an interval training. We do this for about half an hour, she tells me. We walk to the forest and the dunes and there we run to every top and walk down. I like it, although M still can’t keep up with me, even when she is running. So I enhance this training by jumping around M and biting in the leash.

– Almost every day: doga. Or, if you do not have a dog (didn’t you adopt one yet?): yoga. M says we do this to train all our muscles, so we become strong and flexible. I mainly do it because it is a lot of fun.

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This is our training schedule. We do not take it too seriously, there are days we do nothing at all. When it is pouring with rain, or when M is too busy, or when we just do not feel like it. Then we do just a short walk. But most of the time this is how we exercise.

When you want more in depth information about exercises or a more detailed training schedule, I suggest you visit the website of Mark Sisson, the guy who invented a prehistoric man called Grok. His method implies living like Grok. You could say that M adopted this training method, so we exercise like Grok. Mark does not write about dogs, which is strange. Humans had dogs in primal times, so Grok must have had a dog. I think her name was Growl.

Just one more thing, before you start to study training schedules and go training hard. Please know that the most important thing for becoming healthy and happy is not how far you can run in half an hour or how much weight you can lift. It is about enjoying life. So whatever you do: have fun!

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The best workout

Thank you for reading the Bubbles Guide on Happy Healthy Living! As I told you in the prologue, this lifestyle has four key elements: exercise, food, rest and mindset. In this post I will focus on exercise.

Exercise is extremely important for a happy healthy lifestyle. We are not made to be indoors, doing nothing (or looking at these luminous devices). We are made to move! Like our predecessors some thousand years ago. Nothing changed much in our bodies and our brains since those times. Doing what you are naturally made for makes you happy and healthy. That is the essence of my training method. It is simple, really.

Our predecessors had to hunt and gather to get food. Some lucky humans and canines still live this way, they work together in order to get their dinner. But most of us don’t do this anymore. Humans and canines got lazy as a consequence. And fat. And unhappy. So humans invented workouts and fitness programs. With schedules and do’s and don’ts and tools and clothes. Most of them are pretty expensive. And boring.

When you live according to the Bubbles Guide on Happy Healthy Living, you can skip all this fitness-program-stuff. You do not have to go to some cramped fitness studio to workout with loads of other sweating humans. You do not have to buy gear and odd looking clothes. In my training method you work with what is around you. Meaning things natural. This is my method, in five comprehensible steps:

1. Put on some practical, easy-to-wear clothes.

2. Call your dog and go out. If you do not have a dog: how sad. Adopt one. In the meantime: go out on your own.

3. Go to a natural place. Like a forest or the beach. If there is no such place in your surroundings, a park will do.

4. When you are there: play! Use your entire body (you want to become beautifully fit and muscular, just like me, right?). Run, walk, jump over logs, sprint, use your arms to throw things, climb into trees to surprise your dog. Maybe she will surprise you too, by climbing in after you. When you need to call the fire brigade to get you both out of the tree, you will have a great story to tell your friends!

5. Get dirty! Hence point 1. Humans are afraid to get dirty and I don’t understand why. It is great to get dirty! It makes you feel alive!

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When you do this workout, you will get in sync with what your body and mind are made for: running and playing in the wild. This will make you happy and healthy, I guarantee. Now probably some humans will ask about the training schedule. That is simple: you should do this every day, for at least one hour. Preferably in the morning, because then you can smell the new day. If you are too busy, you can do it at the end of the day. It will help you unwind and get rid of all the unhealthy stress you accumulated during the day.

A natural surrounding is essential for this workout (you want to act like your predecessors did, right?). Like a forest. It has everything you need for a good exercise. Like lots of little paths, to go walking and running.

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It is great when there are some obstacles. For jumping, climbing and hiding. And doing some pull ups, if you feel like it (I prefer push ups, though. You can do them anywhere):

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You also need things to throw, in order to train your arm and back muscles. Your dog can fetch these things (most dogs love this). If you are out there without a dog and you feel a bit awkward about doing this, just pretend your dog is somewhere out there, not listening to you (this happens a lot, so no one will notice you haven’t got a dog with you). Things to throw are abundant in the forest:

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You can use all kinds of items you can find out there: stones, logs, pine-apples or odd little things like this:

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When you do this workout, you will have loads of fun, strengthen the bond with your canine (which means instant happiness), improve your health and get strong. You will get slim, too. Just give the yummy treat you deserve after this workout to your dog, that should do the trick.

After this, you’ll need some rest. I will explain all about that in following blogs. Stay tuned!

 

 

The Bubbles guide to happy healthy living

I notice there are a lot of blogs, books and videos on how to have a happy healthy life. Apparently humans need some help here. As a dog, I naturally know how to be happy and healthy. I am willing to share some of my insights with you. This is beneficial for me and all canines, because it is much more fun to be around happy healthy humans. Happy humans give us cookies.

So this post is about happy healthy living. I am going to write it just the way these lifestyle-food-fitness blogs do it! I will call it the Bubbles Guide to Happy Healthy Living and this post is part one, the prologue. Since humans obviously like to consume advice in chunky bits, with tips & tricks and three-week-working-schedules, I will try to write this in the same way. Maybe I will even add an listicle on the ‘Five Habits of Highly Happy Humans & Canines’. All right, maybe not. Let’s not overdo it.

Leading a Bubbles Happy Healthy Lifestyle means living naturally, in sync with what humans and canines (and in fact all animals) are programmed for. We are not made to be indoors all the time, looking at these luminous devices, or driving around in cars. We are made to move, to be outdoors, to connect with others, to smell the day.

When you get more in sync with what you are naturally made for, you will become happy and healthy. And, very important to a lot of humans: you will get a beautifully trained, fit and muscular body. Just like me!

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In following posts I will focus on the key parts of the Bubbles Happy Healthy Lifestyle: food, exercise, rest and mindset. Stay tuned!