I used to work out, but one day I was distracted by the vagaries of life. I started my exercise with a quick cool up, supersetted everybody part, and finished with an extended warm down. I slept for 3 days and now the only way I can combat my whole word dyslexia is to saunter up the front of the road humming the lonely man (the closing theme to the Incredible Hulk) backwards.
Stretch first, in the form of getting Tempest into her bondage gear (she backs out of her collar and runs into traffic when frightened, so she wears a belt tight around her waist which I then strap to her collar). Then chasing down Zephyr and forcing him into the car (he gets terribly car sick). Then we exercise, wherein I walk briskly while the two of them pull me like I am a plow (I’m working on leash manners). Cool down is the 5 minute drive home, dismantling Tempest’s bondage gear, and usually pulling out the seat protector to hose off Zephyr puke. Taking the dogs for a walk is a whole lot more of a production than it was with Simba.
@RiotDemon Tempest can back out of a “no-slip” martingale collar in seconds, and she backed out of her harness so fast I never saw her move, one second she was on the lead and the next she was dashing across a busy dark street in rush hour traffic. I wouldn’t trust a halter to keep her restrained. After 5 incidents of her getting scared, escaping restraints before I could stop her and running into traffic, taking her anywhere is very stressful. Which is sad bcause she loves going places. She just has these panic attacks and is as limber as a freaking Cirque de Soleil performer.
@moondrake maybe try it with the usual thing you have now, just a shorter leash on the head collar? Wish I was close by so you could borrow the one I have. My dog wasn’t able to get out of it, but granted, she doesn’t get out of a harness either.
Does your current setup have the leash on her back or neck? I’ve seen newer harnesses where the leash comes out midpoint, front of the chest. Supposedly better for control since it turns their body similar to a head halter.
@RiotDemon Thanks, but those won’t work. They cinch around the chest, she can back right out of them. She backs out of martingale collars, designed for greyhounds, whose necks are thicker than their heads. They tighten like choke chains when pulled, but she still backs right out of them. So I put a belt around her skinny waist and clip it to her collar. In theory, she can’t pull the collar forward over her head as the belt around her waist holds it in place. In theory, because she can pretzel herself around to take the tension off the line if she figures it out.
This is Tempest sitting on my lap, while bending herself in half to put her head on my lap for scratches at the same time. Her chin is on her tail.
If I’m just lifting, I normally don’t do a warm-up or cool-down. But I’m not maxing or doing clean and jerk or other quick full-body movements that are prone to injury. However, if it’s nice out and want to do some light cardio to get my heart rate up, I’ll run or bike there and back (about a mile each way).
If I’m playing a sport (ultimate frisbee, basketball, soccer, etc.), I do an fairly extensive active warm-up (full 10-15 minutes) that mostly consists of drills that stretch during movement since that’s the latest recommendations I’ve read. I do very little static stretching. The extent of my cool-downs is maybe a few stretches and walking back to my car.