Humans and dogs work together for a healthier lifestyle


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The Paw Runner is born from a passion for running, an even greater love for dogs, and a compassion for the wellbeing of dogs and people.

It offers a range of virtual walking and running challenges to playfully encourage you and your dog to set out on their way together to become fit, healthier and happier while strengthening your bond.

Whether you’re a complete beginner or a fitness superstar, there are a selection of monthly challenges – from three miles to 200 miles – that you and your pooch can choose and conquer in your own time, whenever you want, wherever You Want To Work You can complete the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Challenges to help you reach your ultimate fitness goal.

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If you exceed the distance you have chosen within the given time frame, you will receive a unique medal and dog reward.

Additionally, you and your dog can take on a challenge to raise funds for a charity of your choice.

The brain behind this innovative mission is the avowed amateur runner Lucie Mountain from turf.

She said, “With obesity, certain health conditions and mental health issues rising in humans and dogs, the Paw Runner is about creating a movement that prevents this and encouraging people to change their lifestyles for the better, to close a paw.” one time! ”

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The Kennel Club recommends that the average adult dog exercise at least 30 minutes a day to stay fit and healthy.

Lucie said, “Amazingly, research by PDSA shows that this is not the case in the UK as 1.3 million dogs do not walk every day.

“This is detrimental to dogs, causing depression, anxiety, weight gain, and an increase in disease-related conditions such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and liver disease, to name a few.”

It is well documented that there are strong links between regular physical activity and positive mental health, as it will stimulate you, be alert, reduce stress, and enable you to deal positively with any demanding situation.

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Lucie continued, “Improving your daily and weekly exercise habits, be it walking or running, can make a real difference for you and your dog’s life, resulting in a healthier, happier, longer, more fulfilling lifestyle.”

As previously reported, many people have gone to great lengths to find a loyal four-legged friend for camaraderie to help combat the loneliness caused by the pandemic.

Data from Propellernet, a digital marketing agency, reported that Google searches for “buy puppies” rose 120 percent and that petitions for people to adopt a dog were increasing in dog rescue centers.

Lucie said: “In the current Covid-19 climate, The Paw Runner is also about creating a community so you don’t feel isolated and know that you are not alone in it.

“It’s about meeting new friends virtually and creating positivity, giving advice and tips, and motivating each other to achieve your fitness goals.

“It’s a safe place where no one is judged.”

The Paw Runner also prides itself on being environmentally conscious.

Lucie says that not only do they want to help people and dogs improve their lifestyles, but they also want to try and help charities, support local businesses, and do their part in helping the planet.

She continued, “We have spent a lot of time carefully searching for the right medals and dog rewards for a unique, high quality offering that meets our beliefs.

“We work with an independent family business that produces our zero waste medals from FSC-certified wood.

“All of our dog bandanas are handcrafted by a small, independent Lincolnshire company, Delchris Designs.

“We are all together for the common good”

The Paw Runner was launched by Lucie Mountain on May 1, 2020, which coincided with Covid-19.

Lucie discovered a void in the virtual running market for challenges and runs specifically geared towards people and their dogs, as well as medals and ethical rewards.

She says she found that when she started running as part of a challenge, doing the Great North Run in 2019, it made her fitter, but it also made her her “super strength” as it gave her a positive and strong attitude to help you overcome difficult life challenges along the way effectively.

Lucie would train in the woods with her two dogs, Barney and Poppy.

Not only was a positive change seen in themselves, both physically and mentally, but also in their dogs.

Their coats glowed and they were happier, fitter, and more stimulated than ever.

Lucie is now a qualified running instructor in English Athletics and aims to ensure that people and dogs are given the best opportunities to live happy, fulfilling and healthier lifestyles, one paw at a time.

To get involved and take the first step (or first paw) towards a healthier lifestyle, visit Challenge.