Hello readers, today is another Extra! Extra! segment, whereby I illustrate articles I like on a speculative basis (as in I wasn’t commissioned) or on the odd occasion, my own editorial-esque articles. So far I’ve been playing around with speculative header/feature images, so for this one I thought it might be interesting to create some spot illustrations. For those that might be scratching their heads a bit, a spot illustration is an object or figure that stands on its own, without a background scene. They tend to be used within the article and small in size, unlike a feature/header illustration which usually is more elaborate, bigger, with background and focused on conveying the article’s concept. Anyhow, as always I hope you like; let me know what you think – now onto the article!
Today’s article featured is ‘Fit for Life’, from Winter 2015 Issue 12 of My VIP in the UK. Note this is only an extract and to my knowledge no full online version exists.
Why pump iron at the gym when you’ve got a ready-made exercise parnter right there? It’s time to start getting fit with your four-legged friend.
Too tired to go to the gym because you’ve already walked the dog? Too cold and wet outside for that early morning run? Fed up with your training partner cancelling at the last minute? It’s time to get fit with your dog!
A university of Missouri study in 2009 found that people who exercise with their dogs are more likely to stick to their exercise routines because taking the dog out doesn’t feel like exercise. Your pet will never let you down (whatever the weather) and when you exercise together, you’re both guaranteed a great time as well as a good work-out.
Exercising with your pooch also has other health benefits – for example, interacting with your dog raises your endorphin levels, which helps to reduce stress. Who wouldn’t prefer that to a human training partner who spends the whole time moaning about their job, or talks too much and slows you down? Your dog’s happy, can do attitude is much more likely to help quicken the pace and keep going.
“Exercising with your dog helps you build up mutual trust, which is essential for a good relationship between pet and owner”, says Steve Goward, deputy head of training and behaviour at Dogs Trust. “Whether you’re out in the field together, or in a community situation, you look to each other for support and fun.”
Steve suggests starting slowly, gradually building up your own fitness and that of your dog, before attempting longer or harder work-outs. For example, try a brisk thirty-minute walkin the countryside, five times a week. Start at a pace that suits you both and gradually increase the seed and distance whenever you think you’re both ready. If you walk fast enough to keep your heart rate up, you’ll get an even more strenous work-out, and your dog gets plenty of time to investigate new smells and territories. But always remember to check for ticks and other parasite when you finish your walk.
Just for you guys to get a better idea of how spot illustrations are used I created a really rough layout and placed the images in. This by no means is the best way to use them, but it was fun to see what they might look like in a quick preview. So that’s all for now, till next time!