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How To Get Your Dog Into The Holiday Spirit

We all know that regular exercise is a key ingredient for living a healthy lifestyle, and the same is true for our dogs. A fit animal is a happy animal and ensures that your furry friend will be around for a long and happy time. Regular exercise improves cardiovascular fitness, bone and muscle strength, and weight management for both you and your dog. Before you start hitting the trails with your pup, it is important to follow a few guidelines for safety.

Just like humans, you have to start with where your four legged friends are fitness-wise and progress very slowly to avoid injury or heat-related stress. This is especially true if your dog is a puppy, older, or overweight. Start with a slow walk of 5-10 minutes per day and add 5 minutes to the walk time no sooner than once per week.

Watch your animal for signs of fatigue and adjust accordingly. Dogs are very loyal and will follow you for days if you let them. Listen to their breathing rate along the way, and if they are struggling for air or breathing loudly, slow your pace or walk it out to allow them to catch their breath. Be mindful of the heat and humidity and adjust the pace slower and bring water for you and the dog. Pay close attention to your dog’s foot pads for signs of excessive wear and cracking, and avoid hot surfaces and trails with sharp rocks.

 

For most breeds, especially smaller dogs, walking is the perfect activity, while others prefer to run-walk or run. It also depends on the dog itself. Consult with your vet, as some breeds are better at distance running than others, and most are made to run for short durations or walk.

 

Participating in a 5K with your pet is a fun time, just don’t forget to make sure your dog is in shape for the race. If you’re looking for a great, family and dog friendly fun run, the Rotary Santa Run in Arlington Heights is a great first entry. Register for the Fun Run, taking place on 12/07 in downtown Arlington Heights. Click for more information including race day details and FAQ’s.

 

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How to Ensure you’ll Have a Pleasant Commute Every Time

Commuting to the suburbs or the city is an empty time on the train spent thinking about whether or not this trip is even worth it. To elevate these thoughts make your time productive with these suggestions. 

 

  1. Use your downtime to rest or learn something new.

Too few of us enjoy downtime these days. If you’re on public transportation, take a nap. Play a game. Enjoy the solitude or be social. Read a book or watch a show. Or if you’re driving, listen to podcasts or books on tape. Although the “where” is decided, what you do with your mind is 100 percent up to you. Invest this time wisely.

 

  1. Network and connect with other people.

Could you connect with someone while you commute or make a new friend? The answer is definitely yes! As you all might heading to your workplace or to an event, that is the perfect time to network and exchange information. You should be open to meet people every time, especially when you are in public transportation for a longer time. Discussing work projects, life goals and connecting with passengers will also improve your work productivity.

 

  1. Make the bus or train ride your email and social media time.

Many time-management experts have found that email and social media, used too frequently throughout the day, can be a productivity black hole. Save your emails for your commute, do social media at the top and tail of your day, where it’s less guilt and more pleasure. If you limit emailing to these times, you’ll find that lots of issues have resolved themselves by the time you check in. Also, you’ll minimize the email distraction during the day and eliminate productivity switching costs by checking email too frequently. All of these lead to a more productive you, with a greater likelihood of career success.

 

  1. Conduct a daily review

A daily review is something you can do whether you’re stuck on a bus, train or in your own car in traffic. It’s the perfect time to make sure the most important parts of your day are near the top of your to-do list. If they aren’t, mentally make the changes you need

 

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6 Reasons To Explore Arlington Heights

Arlington Heights is a great suburb filled with so many fun things to do. A gem in the suburbs, an oasis for city dwellers, heading to the suburbs may seem like a strange suggestion for an activity. People may not know the benefits that come along with exploring the northwest suburbs of Chicago, specifically Arlington Heights.

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The suburbs provide a family-friendly community

The suburbs were made for families so bringing your family to explore the suburbs is something that you can’t go wrong with. The suburbs provide family-friendly events of all kinds and are used to accommodating families nearly anywhere you decide to go. 

 

 1. Suburbs offer you more space

The appeal of the suburbs is that there’s more space for you to do your own thing. The city is often described as congested and crowded whereas the suburbs are the complete antithesis. For a nice break visit a suburb and clear your mind.

 

 2. Reconnect with nature in the burbs

Because there is more space in the suburbs, there is more of an opportunity for nature to be present. Along with trees and shrubberies surrounding the housing in the area, there are forest preserves sprinkled across nearly all of the Chicago suburbs. Be sure to check them out when you get the chance.

 

 3. Cute little stores

The suburbs are also home to small and unique stores. Small businesses tend to be more so in the suburbs than in the city and exploring them is something well worth doing. 

 

 4. A more relaxed environment

Whereas the city is fast-paced full of workers and people in a hurry, the suburbs tend to have a more relaxed environment encompassing it. Only a train ride away, a chill day in the suburbs may be just what the doctor ordered.

 

 5. Fun events like the Rotary Santa Run! 

The suburbs tend to host a lot of community events that bring them together. A great example of this is the Rotary Santa Run that is occurring December 7 (2019). Proceeds are distributed throughout the Village, Nationally, and Globally. Please join the Arlington Heights Rotary club and register for the Rotary Santa fun run to support numerous causes. With your registration, receive a medal and five-piece Santa suit. 

 

The suburbs are a worthwhile place to explore if you give it the opportunity. You don’t need to live in a suburb to take advantage of all of the great things that they have to offer.

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8 Ways To Give Back To Your Community During The Holidays

The holidays tend to bring out the best in people when it comes to lending their time, money, or assistance to charitable causes. If you want to do more for your local community but aren’t sure where to start, check out these tips for seasonal giving.

  1. SPONSOR A FAMILY IN NEED.

Many local charities arrange for donors to pair up with disadvantaged families during the holidays so they can help fulfill wish lists for presents, pantry goods, or other items. You’ll typically be given information on clothing sizes, gift ideas, and other details that can make a tremendous difference in a household less fortunate than your own. 

  1. VISIT A NURSING HOME.

Despite their communal living situation, residents of senior living facilities can struggle with loneliness and isolation. Those feelings can be compounded during the holidays, which is why many activity directors of nursing homes welcome visits from people in the community. To arrange a date, you can phone the director and see if they’re amenable to children, pets, or other ways of engaging residents. Ideally, you wouldn’t make this a one-off—assisted living locations love to welcome guests on a regular basis to help form friendships with occupants. 

  1. VOLUNTEER DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER.

Homeless shelters and soup kitchens are always in need of a helping hand. When bad weather hits, they can sometimes become overwhelmed with the increased demand for space and food. Local churches will sometimes open overflow centres, and you can contribute to their efforts by lending your assistance. Check with your local housing department to see if your area could use the help.

  1. DONATE BLOOD.

The need for blood and platelets never ceases, but it can become stressed when holiday schedules and bad weather reduce the number of donors. To help offset any shortages, consider donating during the holidays. Your contribution could very well be responsible for giving the gift of life.

  1. DONATE CLOTHING IN GOOD CONDITION.

The cold months drive up the need for warm garments among homeless and disadvantaged populations across the country. While it’s commendable to donate any clothing you can, consider throwing in a couple of items that are relatively new and in good condition. A sweater free of holes or jeans that haven’t been worn out could make all the difference for someone who doesn’t have the means to buy it off the rack.

  1. SEND A CARE PACKAGE TO THE TROOPS.

Being away from family is never easy, but being stationed overseas during the holidays can be especially difficult. Several organizations arrange for care packages to be forwarded to military personnel serving out of the country. Even a simple greeting card expressing your gratitude for their efforts could make their holiday a happier one.

  1. DELIVER A PET TO A NEW HOME.

Volunteering at an animal shelter is a compassionate act regardless of the season, but finding homes for their furry residents brings a special kind of holiday cheer. Some animal shelters arrange for families to have their newly adopted pet delivered to their door during the holidays: The animal couriers driving the pets to their new home sometimes dress as elves to make the experience a memorable one. Check with your local animal care representatives to see if there’s an opportunity to participate in your area.

 

  1. PARTICIPATE IN A CHARITABLE EVENT

We tend to be partial to fun runs, and none is more fun than the Rotary Santa Run 5K. Our race participants include competitive runners interested in our certified course and chip timing as well as casual fun runners and walkers. They offer Run/Walk options at 5K and a mile distance. For kids, the Reindeer Dash is a fun event before the official 5K, with kids never out of parents site. The Rotary Santa Run has donated over $250,000 in its 12 years of operation. Primarily through the Arlington Heights Rotary Club’s Grant Program. To participate in the longest-running, most fun run in the area, register for the Rotary Santa Run Here.