My Healthy Morning Routine With My Dog Smudge

Starting a healthy morning routine is important  – not just for yourself but your family and your dog! If you have kids – this is a great time of year to get into a healthy routine so it sets the tone for the school year. But, don’t just think about your “back to school” routine for your 2-legged family members! It’s important to include your dog in your morning routine as well! Did you know according to the “Milk-Bone Human-Canine Health Study” — a survey of 3,000 U.S. dog parents conducted by Milk-Bone brand dog treats — pet parents who include their dogs in family health routines lead healthier lives themselves.

I take my basset hound Smudge with me almost every morning for a walk and that way if I’m too busy the rest of the day – at least he’s fit in his workout in the morning! Did you know he also has his own workout video?!

My healthy morning routine:

  • I usually go for a run in the mornings, but my baby still isn’t sleeping through the night (sigh)…so if I don’t get much sleep I will just go for a walk or do some yoga. But, before I leave I have a quick snack like a piece of toast or half of a plain english muffin.
  • Then, after my run I come home and have a light breakfast with protein (I like eggs and toast or a whey protein shake with spinach and banana) and some coffee. Then I feed the kids and give Smudge his breakfast and it’s time to head to the park!  I put the kids in my double jogging stroller and leash up Smudge and we are ready to go. Once we are there – I sometimes do walking lunges around the park while Smudge sniffs around or I squeeze in some pushups on the playground while my kids play.
  • Once we are home I give Smudge a couple of Milk-Bone Good Morning Daily Vitamin Treats (which provide beneficial nutrients not found in most dog foods). He loves having treats after his workout and I like to give him a little healthy reward!

More healthy morning tips:

  1. Always eat breakfast. If you aren’t hungry – try just a half of a banana, some green juice or a few almonds. You never want to exercise on an empty stomach or you won’t be able to last long.
  2. Try to hold off on emails or social media until after your workout or breakfast. Take some time in the morning just for you and unplug!
  3. Try to fit in some activity in the morning – even if it’s just going for a walk with your dog.
  4. Take some time to breathe and relax before you start your day. Doing a quick at-home yoga routine is a great way to de-stress before you head out the door.


This has been a sponsored post by MilkBone – although all opinions are my own.

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