This weekend my wife and I took my dog on a 3.5 mile hike around Town Lake here in Austin. He’s a Catahoula Leopard Dog which is a hunting/working dog. He typically gets a daily walk of a half mile in the neighborhood to a full mile if he talks me into going through the park. He’s a very strong dog for his 65 lbs. and is typically “up for anything” physical even though he’s never had a Bud Light. The walk around the lake was uneventful and we decided to give him a shower outside on the driveway when we got home.
A little while after his shower my wife noticed that his tail was down. To be honest, that’s something that I’ve never really paid any attention to and wouldn’t have noticed had she not pointed it out. He was also sort of letting out this old man groan when he laid down which seemed kind of unusual for him being only 3 years old. I’d heard it before about 2 weeks ago after I’d taken him for the same hike around the lake and didn’t really think it was anything to worry about.
My wife was far more concerned than I about his tail being down and unbeknownst to me decided to do a little research on the World Wide Web/Information Super Highway. Well, it turns out that my dog Steve, was suffering from Limber Tail Syndrome. “What?” It’s a condition that happens to hunting and working dogs who over exert themselves while doing things beyond their level of conditioning. It could be something like a walk that’s longer than usual, as in my case, running with your dog if they’re not used to it or letting your dog frolic in the water for an extended time at the beach.
What happens is the muscles at the base of the dogs tale become inflamed and painful from over exertion. This prevents Rover from flying his flag. The remedy is to just let your dog rest. An anti-inflammatory may be in order but probably not necessary. Most dogs will recover from this in 2 days to two weeks. Just so you know, many vets aren’t familiar with this and will want to do x-rays and other unnecessary tests that could adversely affect the ole Hip National Bank.
How many of us humans being, yes I meant that, have done something similar when embarking on our new fitness program. You finally move from the Good Intentions program to actually doing something and what do you do? You bite off more than you can chew. You don’t take an incremental approach to getting back into shape. You don’t take into account that it took a good amount of time to get to the unconditioned state you’re in. And for some reason you think you can get into Olympic like shape in one or two sessions. Then it happens. You over exert yourself. Limber Tail Syndrome.
And you know what happens next? You start whining and complaining because… it’s too hard. You forget about your goals and how you’re going to start eating better. You forget about all things you’ll be able to do with your family, friends and grandchildren because you lost weight and now have the energy. And there you sit at the table of broken dreams. And it’s a damn shame… because your intentions were noble. You just tried to do too much, too soon.
So understand what condition your condition is in. Take an incremental approach. You have the rest of your life to get in shape. If you were thinking that you just wanted to exercise and eat better until you got back in shape, my question is why? Why would you want to deny yourself all of the life enhancing benefits of a fit and healthy body for as long as possible?
You don’t have to exercise for long periods of time. I work out for 15 minutes, 3 times per week and I’ve been doing it for 13 straight years. Start with what you can do and increase it as you feel yourself getting stronger and fitter. If you need a little help getting started, go to kevinfurey.com, and click on Product Reviews. On the right hand side of the page there’s a place for your name and email. Give me those and I’ll send you my Freedom From Fat report FREE of charge to get you headed in the right direction.