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FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 25:22 Find What Makes You Happy




Have you heard the news from the FitLabPGH Labs??? We’ve introduced Labrador Lessons from the FitLabPGH Podcast! Every Thursday, we’ll be bringing you wisdom from the FitLabPGH Labradors (with occasional input from the cats).

Find what makes you happy.

Being Labradors, we’re naturally happy animals, but it’s still important to make time in your life for the things that make you happy. We suggest you pick 2-3 things that bring you happiness, then make scheduling those things a priority. Our top picks: hiking with our humans; napping with our friends; and commemorating a hill climb with a summit celebration.

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, find a few things that make you happy, then make time for those things in your schedule!

Visit www.FitLabPGH.com for tips, hacks, and podcasts to help you get moving and keep moving through 2022!


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 24:22 Hydration is Essential




Have you heard the news from the FitLabPGH Labs??? We’ve introduced Labrador Lessons from the FitLabPGH Podcast! Every Thursday, we’ll be bringing you wisdom from the FitLabPGH Labradors (with occasional input from the cats).

Hydration is Essential.

Hydration is important, year-round, for Labradors and their humans…but when the weather gets warmer, hydration becomes critical. When we walk/hike in temperatures above 60 degrees, our humans bring Berkey Water Filters filtered water in our Nalgene bottle for our water breaks. When heat and humidity are a factor, our humans add electrolytes to their water; their current favorite electrolyte source is LMNT.

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, remember to hydrate yourself and encourage your movement companions to hydrate!

Visit www.FitLabPGH.com for tips, hacks, and podcasts to help you get moving and keep moving through 2022!


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 23:22 Don’t Wait for Motivation; Just Move




Have you heard the news from the FitLabPGH Labs??? We’ve introduced Labrador Lessons from the FitLabPGH Podcast! Every Thursday, we’ll be bringing you wisdom from the FitLabPGH Labradors (with occasional input from the cats).

Don’t wait for motivation; Just Move.

As Labradors, we love to move, whether we’re hiking/jogging, taking a recovery day stroll, or playing around in the backyard. But we understand that humans look for “motivation” to move. We think movement is fun…isn’t that enough motivation? If not, here’s an idea: on days when you don’t feel like moving, get outside for a short walk. Commit to walking for 10-20 minutes. You may find you want to keep moving, but even if you don’t, you will have made movement part of your day.

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, don’t wait for motivation, or perfect conditions, or for your schedule to become less busy…Just Move.

Visit www.FitLabPGH.com for tips, hacks, and podcasts to help you get moving and keep moving through 2022!


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 22:22 Movement is a Lifestyle




Have you heard the news from the FitLabPGH Labs??? We’ve introduced Labrador Lessons from the FitLabPGH Podcast! Every Thursday, we’ll be bringing you wisdom from the FitLabPGH Labradors (with occasional input from the cats).

Movement is a Lifestyle.

As Labradors, we love to move, whether we’re hiking/jogging, taking a recovery day stroll, or casually playing around in the backyard. Our cat roommates also like move and play. While we don’t attend structured “workouts,” we all make movement part of our lifestyle.

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, make time to “just” move. Workouts and scheduled activities are great, but make time for unstructured movement in between your planned workouts. Take a stroll through the woods or a local park. Take an extra walk with your dog(s). Do a little mobility work before bed. Make time for a casual bike ride. Just Move.

Visit www.FitLabPGH.com for tips, hacks, and podcasts to help you get moving and keep moving through 2022!


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 21:22 It’s OK to Take a Day Off.




Have you heard the news from the FitLabPGH Labs??? We’ve introduced Labrador Lessons from the FitLabPGH Podcast! Every Thursday, we’ll be bringing you wisdom from the FitLabPGH Labradors (with occasional input from the cats).

It’s ok to take a day off.

As Labradors, we love to move, but we understand that our bodies need occasional rest days. Yesterday was one of those days. Instead of a hike with the humans, we had a “spa day” at Woody’s Dog Wash and enjoyed naps with our feline friends. Of course, we still made time to move and play in the backyard.

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, make time for rest and recovery. Take an occasional day off…from work…or from working out…or from watching the news. Relax and recharge. Make time to Move and Play…and REST. Find ways to manage your stress, so that you’re energized and ready to get back to your regular schedule after your break.

Visit www.FitLabPGH.com for tips, hacks, and podcasts to help you get moving and keep moving through 2022!


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 20:22 First Impressions Matter.




Have you heard the news from the FitLabPGH Labs??? We’ve introduced Labrador Lessons from the FitLabPGH Podcast! Every Thursday, we’ll be bringing you wisdom from the FitLabPGH Labradors (with occasional input from the cats).

First impressions matter.

As Labradors, we love to get outside to move with our humans. When we do, we stay alert to keep our humans, and ourselves, safe. When we see off-leash dogs, we need to assume they are unfriendly and/or uncontrolled, and we change our route to keep our distance and stay safe.

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, make a good first impression on other outside movers by being a responsible park/trail user! Leash your humans. A friendly greeting to passerby is great, but keep a polite social distance. In other words: don’t lunge at other trail users and give others room when passing. A little trail etiquette goes a long way to allowing everyone to enjoy their outdoor movement time.

Visit www.FitLabPGH.com for tips, hacks, and podcasts to help you get moving and keep moving through 2022!


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 19:22 Summer is Coming; be Sun Smart.




Have you heard the news from the FitLabPGH Labs??? We’ve introduced Labrador Lessons from the FitLabPGH Podcast! Every Thursday, we’ll be bringing you wisdom from the FitLabPGH Labradors (with occasional input from the cats).

Summer is coming; be Sun Smart.

As Labradors, we love to move…on any terrain…at any speed…in almost any weather…but full disclosure: we don’t love hot, humid days…so we adjust our movement routine to stay safe and healthy when temps rise. We avoid the heat of the day by hiking early in the morning. We seek shade and soft surfaces when possible (sunshine + hard surfaces = burned paws). We slow our pace as necessary, and we stop for regular water breaks.

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, take steps to stay safe and healthy as summer temps arrive. Use sunscreen and/or sun protective clothing. Stay hydrated…bring more fluids than you think you’ll need, and consider adding electrolytes when sweat is a factor. And adjust your pace as necessary when heat and humidity rise. Take home message: stay safe today, so that you can keep moving tomorrow and through the summer.

Visit www.FitLabPGH.com for tips, hacks, and podcasts to help you get moving and keep moving through 2022!


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 18:22 You Don’t Need a Special Occasion to Move




Have you heard the news from the FitLabPGH Labs??? We’ve introduced Labrador Lessons from the FitLabPGH Podcast! Every Thursday, we’ll be bringing you wisdom from the FitLabPGH Labradors (with occasional input from the cats).

You don’t need a special occasion to move.

As Labradors, we love to move…on any terrain…at any speed…in almost any weather (full disclosure: we don’t love hot, humid days). We don’t wait for a Doggy Dash 5k or National Walk Your Dog Day to take our humans out for a walk/hike/jog…we make daily movement part of our lifestyle, year-round.
Whether you have 2 legs or 4, don’t wait for an event or special occasion…get moving today. Find an activity you enjoy, then make time to move. Hate running? Take a walk! Explore a local park by hiking the trails. Grab a helmet and go for a bike ride. We understand some humans prefer indoor movement…that’s ok; our cats are like that…climb the walls, do some mobility work…just move!

Visit www.FitLabPGH.com for tips, hacks, and podcasts to help you get moving and keep moving through 2022!


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 17:22 Take Time to Enjoy the Journey




Have you heard the news from the FitLabPGH Labs??? We’ve introduced Labrador Lessons from the FitLabPGH Podcast! Every Thursday, we’ll be bringing you wisdom from the FitLabPGH Labradors (with occasional input from the cats).

Take time to enjoy the journey.

 As Labradors, we love to move…on any terrain…at any speed. We know it’s not ALL about the pace. If we obsess about pace, we might avoid hills…and we certainly wouldn’t take time to enjoy a “Summit Celebration” with our human…and hills and celebrations are some of the best parts of hiking!

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, take time to enjoy the journey. Whether you’re hiking, biking, walking, or running, enjoy the experience. Of course, if you’re training for a race, pace is a factor…but outside of training sessions, try to find time to move for the sake of moving…take the hill…explore a new trail (even if it slows you down)…get outside and enjoy the experience of moving!

Visit www.FitLabPGH.com for tips, hacks, and podcasts to help you get moving and keep moving through 2022!


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 16:22 Consistency is Key




Have you heard the news from the FitLabPGH Labs??? We’ve introduced Labrador Lessons from the FitLabPGH Podcast! Every Thursday, we’ll be bringing you wisdom from the FitLabPGH Labradors (with occasional input from the cats).

Consistency is Key.

As Labradors, we love to move…every day, no matter the weather. But we know that sometimes weather, or the obligations of our humans, prevent us from hitting our movement goals…and that’s ok…as long as we consistently make movement part of our lifestyle.

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, don’t make hitting 100% of your movement goals a source of distress in your life. Consistently prioritize making movement part of your lifestyle, and you will reap physical and mental health benefits. Make time for movement; make time for rest and recovery; make time for you.

Visit www.FitLabPGH.com for tips, hacks, and podcasts to help you get moving and keep moving through 2022!