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How Being A Pet Parent Will Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

17 Jan 2023 | Written by Tori Holmes

Did you set New Year’s Resolutions for 2023? If you did and you happen to be a pet parent, you’re in luck! One of the benefits of being a pet parent is that your pets can be a great source of motivation – and inspiration – to stick to your goals. Let’s take a look at some common resolutions and how our pets can directly impact them!

Resolution #1: Increase the amount of fresh, healthy food in your diet

There’s a reason that every Freshpet recipe starts with fresh, whole ingredients. That’s because fruits, vegetables, and meat contain essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients that are critical for maintaining good health. But fresh food isn’t just important for the health of your pet – it’s just as important for you! Research has shown that eating a diet that is abundant in fruits and veggies may actually reduce your risk of developing cancer and other chronic diseases. One of the benefits of being a pet parent is that our pets can directly help us stick to this resolution. That’s because if one of your goals for 2023 is to make the switch to Freshpet () for your pet, every meal time will be a reminder for yourself to opt for fresh choices on your own plate!

Resolution #2: Mix up your exercise routine

The start of the year is a great time to either get into – or mix up – a consistent exercise routine. Regardless of which category you fall into, one of the benefits of being a pet parent is that you have someone not only to motivate you but to join you as well! A fun way to motivate yourself to stick with this new routine is by getting into an activity that your pet can participate in as well.

Resolution #3: Try new things

It can be easy to get stuck in the same old routine, but your pet can help you break out of this cycle. Another one of the benefits of being a pet parent is that your pets can be great motivation to try new things.

dog and human sitting on a kayak in a lake with beautiful background

Resolution #4: Prioritize your mental health

The past few years have been challenging, to say the least, so it’s not surprising that many people are looking for ways to prioritize their mental health every day. A great benefit of being a pet parent is that pets naturally provide several mental health benefits.

dog sitting in human's lap and looking up at them

Resolution #5: Start volunteering regularly

Research has proven that regular participation in volunteer activities has a wide range of benefits, such as increased sense of purpose and meaning, as well as decreased stress and feelings of loneliness. Another one of the benefits of being a pet parent is that your pet can open the doors to a whole world of volunteer opportunities.

If your pet was adopted locally through a shelter or rescue, inquire about volunteer positions with them. These could range from hands-on work with the animals or even fundraising and administrative work if that’s what you prefer.

Another great idea is to look for organizations in your community that provide ongoing support to pet parents in need. For instance, some organizations provide pet-sitting services during hospital stays, transport to vet appointments, or even rehoming support if pet parents are no longer able to care for their pets due to age or serious illness.

For more great ideas of volunteer opportunities, you can do with your pet, take a look at this list of ideas from National Random Act of Kindness Day.

We hope that we’ve given you some ideas of resolutions you and your pet can work towards together in 2023!

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