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Rest

Healthy living blogs give loads of information about food and exercise. But most of them miss a key part of the happy healthy lifestyle: rest. I think this is very strange. Humans, canines and all other animals need rest. Plenty of it! It is essential for our health.

I hear that a lot of humans don’t sleep enough. Maybe this is the reason why they are tired all the time and easily irritated by small things. They are too stressed, because their bodies and minds are exhausted. They exercise like hell, but forget the twin part of exercise: rest. So this post in the Bubbles Guide on Happy Healthy Living focusses on rest.

It is a mystery to me why humans underestimate rest. It is very easy to do and it costs nothing at all. It is a nice thing to do and above all environmentally friendly (this seems to be important to some humans). And while you sleep you cannot eat, so it makes you slim, too. There are only benefits!

There are different kinds of rest. There is sleep, of course. It is important to have enough sleep every night, in a place where you feel comfy and safe. When it is cold, you need something nice and warm to sleep in. Like this:

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You should sleep for at least 8 hours every night, to allow your body and mind to recharge. But there is more, because to be happy and healthy you have to rest during the day, too. A lot of humans do not rest after an activity. M for instance: we go out for a walk and when we get home, she makes coffee and starts working. When actually she should be resting after this walk. I do, and so do all other animals after an activity. It is the natural thing to do.

It does not have to be a long rest, just a snooze will do. You can do this anywhere, although it is nice when you can find a quiet spot.

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After this short snooze you will feel totally relaxed and ready for anything. Once again: humans can learn a lot from us dogs.

To summarize this very easy part of the Bubbles Guide to Happy Healthy Living:

1. Sleep at least 8 hours every night.

2. Snooze after an activity.

3. When you feel drowsy, take a nap. After only a couple of minutes you will feel rejuvenated. You can do this anywhere, even outside. Just close your eyes and doze off.

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Are you feeling sleepy already? That is fine. Do not resist it, do not get another coffee, but listen to your body and rest. Take a nap. Happy dreaming!

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!

 

Priorities

Sometimes I really do not understand humans. For instance: they seem to sort their priorities in the wrong way. I thought priorities were the same for humans, dogs and all other animals alike:

1. Food

2. Shelter

3. Happiness

The first two are straightforward, you can direct all your energy to obtain those two. When you have them, you can go to number 3: happiness. I think happiness is the same for humans and dogs, too: being healthy, feeling energetic, being with the ones you love, enjoying the warmth of the sun, being outdoors, feeling connected. We all like that, it makes us happy.

So why is it that humans do so many other things, stuff they do not really like, when they already fulfilled the three top priorities? Take M and P. We have a nice and warm house and food every day. They look happy to me, most of the time. Of course, one has to invest in keeping food, shelter and happiness, so that takes some time. However, they spend lots of time on things that do not contribute to obtaining food, shelter or happiness. They sit behind these luminous devices for hours and hours every day and talk into these black boxes. They fuss about catching the train to get to their appointments on time. All these things have nothing to do with obtaining food, shelter or happiness. So why do they do it?

It would be so much better for them if they would take me as an example. We could have a big breakfast, go out together (the three of us) and when we are back home again we could sleep in the sun. When we wake up, we have some snacks, another nice walk and play and then we can snooze again. That would be nice!

M tells me sometimes there are conflicting priorities and you have to sort them out. I understand that, we dogs have this too. For instance when we are out fetching balls and another dog wants to play with us. Like this:

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Then we decide what to do: continue to gnaw on the ball, or play with the other dog. We take this decision in a nanosecond. We dogs are very good at quickly sorting our priorities, getting them right. I think humans can learn a lot from us.