New “On Our Walk” Meet Up Initiative

Because People Benefit From Walks As Much As Dogs!

Written by Lindsey Heiserman, Guest Blogger

Walking is one of the simplest and most accessible forms of exercise. It’s an activity that most people can do, regardless of age or fitness level. While we might not feel as eager as our dogs to get up off the couch and go outside for a walk, we typically enjoy the experience and feel glad we did it afterwards.

Walking regularly improves our physical health AND our mental/emotional well-being. In addition, humans thrive on connection with others—and this has been lacking for many of us since the beginning of the pandemic.

“On Our Walk” was born with the purpose of bringing people together while doing one of the most beneficial forms of movement. Walking and talking is an incredible way to get to know new people, connect, and network while also getting fresh air and vitamin D from the sunshine.

There are so many benefits to walking:

  • Reduce stress

  • Help with heart, bone, and joint health

  • Improve mood

  • Jump start creativity

I am so excited to partner with Downtown Dogs and Dog’s Day Out for the launch of “On Our Walk.” Ralph Bernstein, owner of the two businesses, knows as I do that having a dog is one of the best ways to increase your activity. Regular walking with your dog can also reduce their behavioral issues, improve their health, and grow the bond between you and your pet.

All Downtown Dogs and Dog’s Day Out customers are invited to attend my FREE “On Our Walk” group meet ups! Feel free to attend one or more sessions on Monday 8, 15, and/or 22. There are two meeting times per day, at Noon or 5:30 p.m. As our sponsor, Downtown Dogs and Dog’s Day Out will provide attendees with bottled water, treats, and some fun swag. Plus, every time you attend in May, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate to Downtown Dogs and Dog’s Day Out. Note: No dog required—but well behaved, leashed pups are welcome if they won’t inhibit your (or anyone else’s) ability to be fully present and connect with nature and others.

The best place to get more details including gathering locations for each walk, and to ask questions, is to follow the FB page HERE. You can also sign up for my free “On Our Walk” newsletter HERE. I look forward to the prospect of walking and talking with you soon!

Lindsey owns Lindsey Heiserman Coaching [], a professional speaking, life and business coaching, and personal training business. In between working and walking her pitty mix rescues Tula and Peter, she’s a 103x Tough Mudder competitor and an avid cookie baker.

The advice provided is based on many years of experience as dog parents and operators of one of the largest and longest established dog daycare and boarding facilities in the Twin Cities. Always consult your veterinarian. When not sharing advice, our dog bloggers — Frannie, Lyle, and Helen — share a space with their people, Downtown Dogs owner Ralph Bernstein and his wife, Abbe.