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Tell Us How You Exercise with Your Pet Contest

Enter to win a Fitbit at Pet News and Views.

Enter to win a Fitbit at Pet News and Views.

 

By Michele C. Hollow of Pet News and Views

Many of you know that I write a pet column at Parade. I also started a fitness column at Parade, which will run twice a month for a three month period while I take part in a fitness challenge. I entered and won the Live Well Stay Well Challenge at Summit Medical Group. My prize includes a fitness evaluation from a physical therapist, a nutrition evaluation from a registered dietitian and a meeting with a behavioral health counselor to talk about goal setting and staying motivated. I also received a Fitbit.

In case you are not familiar with a Fitbit, it is a lightweight device you can wear on your wrist that tracks the number of steps, distance, calories consumed, calories burned and even your sleep patterns. Since, I’ve been wearing my Fitbit, I’ve been motivated to move.

I want you to be motivated too. Leave a comment at the end of this post in the Comments section telling us how you and your pets exercise together, and why you would like to win a Fitbit Flex. As you know, pets suffer from obesity too. So getting motivated to move benefits all of us.

The Fitbit Flex retails for $99.95, and Pet News and Views is giving away three Fitbit Flexes.

Contest Rules
1. The contest runs from November 13, 2013 and ends at 5 p.m. eastern on November 18, 2013.

2. In the comments section of this post, tell us how you and your pets exercise together, and why you would like to win a Fitbit Flex.

3. One comment per person.

4. Three winners will be chosen.

5. After I contact the winners, the winners have 3 days to claim the prize. If the prize is not claimed by the winner within 3 days, an alternate winner will be chosen from the pool of entries.

6. Contest winners and their comments will be posted in a follow up Pet News and Views’ post.

Remember to leave your comment in the Comments section of this post, and Good Luck! This contest is closed.

63 comments to Tell Us How You Exercise with Your Pet Contest

  • When my dog Dallas was a pup she had boundless energy. One of her favorite activities was running along side me as I rode a bicycle. She would run along happily for blocks, always ready to go more even when I was ready to head home. Many times she would playfully run from me, always staying slightly out of reach as I ran after her. Playtime for her, workout for me. Now that she is older she still encourages me to exercise through her love of long walks, every day, in any type of weather. My dog makes exercise fun and that’s the best encouragement of all. I wonder how many steps we take together…I would like to win a Fitbit Flex and then I would know!

  • Laurie Hallas

    I own three big dogs who think they are lap dogs and two cats who think they are big dogs. That said, I find pet fur in the most unusual places (how did the cats get into the fridge?). My pets help me exercise through the nearly daily necessity of having to vacuum and dust and wipe down walls. I used to hate housework, but now I look at it as an efficient form of exercise. While I may not be able to get reach my daily goal of 10,000 steps just from going up and down stairs to take out the trash, I try to make play our of the work. My pets ALL follow me around while I clean – imagine a pet parade of two 160 pound Saint Bernards, an old grey lab and two fat tabbies! It gets them up and moving while I do the same. A Fitbit Flex would help me track just how much energy I burn at housework. I’d love a motivating, yet silent, personal workout coach!

  • Karen

    I also work as a writer, and sit at my computer for hours on end. Winning a Fitbit would motivate me to move, just like you. I have a cat and a dog. I exercise with both of them.

  • We adopted a gorgeous 5-year-old border collie/newfie mix about a week before my 50th birthday last year. She is a very nervous girl and has a LOT of energy, and as it turns out, hormones have not been kind to me and I need some extra exercise, so, Gracie and have gotten into the habit of romping out the door and rambling around the hills in our neighborhood 2 – 3 times a day. I’m on a mission to lose 50 pounds and measuring my activity is encouraging and helpful. I would LOVE to have one of these FitBits. Gracie lives for our walks and while I haven’t really lost any weight yet, I do feel in better shape and am ready to step up my game – literally!

  • Andrew

    I exercise on my living room floor and sometimes my cats come and sit on my chest. It’s a little annoying, but it encourages me to keep moving to it’s harder to catch me. Plus, when I take a break, it’s nice kitty quality time.

  • Walk, Walk, and walk we’re both exhausted it would be awesome to know how much we do walk. I’m a member SparkPeople.com (join free use my member name DJCBECK)-that’s where I first heard of Fitbit on their website so WIN the Fitbit Flex would be the BOMB thanks for a chance1!Peace, Darlene

  • Nancy B

    All 6 of our babies (an 11-year-old Border Collie cross and 5 kitties, ages 17 to about 1.5 years) have adopted us; strays who decided this would be a good place to live, or given by people who asked if we could ‘find them a good home’. My pup and I try to go for walks as often as we can. Sometimes the walks aren’t terribly strenuous; more like strolls: walk, stop and sniff, walk, stop and roll in the grass, walk, stop and make friends with these new people, etc. (FYI, that would be the dog doing the rolling and sniffing. ;))
    The cats -for the most part- don’t play well together, so we have a ‘rotate-the-cats’ schedule: two have the run of the house, then they go back in their room and another has full rein for a while, and so on. So, they keep me active going up and down stairs -at rotation times and at meal times. This is sometimes punctuated by the occasional chase. :)
    I would like to win a Fitbit Flex because I seriously need more physical activity, and motivation. I love things that keep track of steps, distance and such. This thing has so many keen features, I’d probably wear it 24/7! Plus, they look awesome!
    Thanks for this opportunity, Michele, and good luck with your challenge! :)

  • In addition to being a writer, I am a natural hermit and battle depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder, both of which mean I sometimes find it hard to step outside the house and face people. Getting out in the sunlight helps but when you can’t bring yourself to go outside in the first place, you find yourself caught in a vicious circle. But for the last ten years, I’ve had two husky-pomeranian mixes. I can’t stay indoors when I have two dogs needing to be walked. What’s more, Lizzie and Sam seem to have a natural intuition as to when I need more time outside; one will pat my books out of the way while the other taps on the front door until I move. With winter coming, a Fitbit would add extra motivation for me to spend time outdoors. That in turn will please the dogs and let them enjoy their husky nature in the snow!

  • Cory Ferguson

    I’ve been running for about 15 years and one of the main reasons I started running is because we rescued a puppy and I gave me a reason to get out and excercise. It’s now 15 years later and she still goes out with me. Now, she doesn’t run with me anymore, but she serves as my partner on my cooldown walks. We have adopted 5 more dogs over the years and I run with 2-3 of them almost every day. They serve as my inspiration, keep all of us fit, and there is no greater stress reliever than running with them. It truly is the highlight of my day. I have been lucky enough to enter many 5 and 10K’s with them and they have won numerous running awards over the years. They have become staples around the local running competitions and they have helped to get others more involved in running with their dogs. Our only boy has also run in 1/2 marathons with me and he is a huge hit with both runners and spectators. On the days when I think that I am too tired, I think that it’s too cold, or if I think that I am too busy, they quickly remind me of what my priorities truly are. If people think that they have seen tough trainers, they have not met my dogs. They are relentless when it comes to getting me out of the door. I now know that I will never run without a dog by my side and that I will continue to run because of them.

    As far as the Fitbit Flex, I would do one of two things with it:

    1.) I would use it to continue to monitor our mileage on our daily runs and use the great features to assist us.

    or

    2.) I might give it to one of my friends to motivate them to get out and start running with their dogs.

  • Wanda

    I just got a Fitbit, and it really does inspire me to get up and walk. My walks with our two rescue dogs are longer thanks to the Fitbit. If I won, I would give the Fitbit to my husband, who needs to start walking.

  • I’m a volunteer caretaker for Siena, a breeder dog for the Guide Dog Foundation. She had her latest litter this past July and still needs to lose 10 lbs. of “puppy fat.” I have my daughter’s wedding next spring and need to lose a tad more than Siena!

    We do a LOT of walking together, but could stand to do much more. She loves to walk, but I think a Fitbit Flex would help keep me motivated. I have a bit of a competitive streak, so the Fitbit Flex would keep me going – even if only to beat my own prior record ;-) The Fitbit Flex would also make my whole roster of doctors VERY happy, as “exercise more” is a medical mantra. Win win all around :-)

  • Julie Grosz

    I walk my dog a minimum of one mile a day. 2-3 times/ week we do a 3 mile-r. And today we’re going on a hike.

    I’d love to try the new gadget as we both have gained a little and us ladies need to get back to our womanly shapes!! (Hers a little more oblong, little legs! ha) :). Plus losing a little would be great for both of us, health-wise!

    Julie

  • KEISHIA

    ME AND MY MOMS PET EXERCISE BY LAYING DOWN ON MY BED. i’M FINDING IT HARD TO GET UP AND EXERCISE AND I FEEL THE FITBIT WOULD HELP ME RECOGNIZE JUST HOW MUCH I NEED TO MOVE AROUND