Your pet could be the key to a better workout
There’s no doubt that, just like a human who exercises is a healthier human, a dog who is exercised is also a healthier dog. Aren’t most activiries better with your four-legged friend? Active pets are excellent motivators; and will always be thrilled to go for a walk or run, mostly just to spend more time with you. As an added bonus, that exercise is as great for your pet as it is for you.
Here are some great ways to exercise with your pup:
Hopefully you’re already walking your dog daily. Walking can be a great workout. According to in a study published in The Journal Preventive Medicine, “Dog owners who reported walking their dogs were almost 25 percent less likely to be obese than people without dogs.” Plus, you and your pet will get stress relieving benefits from daily walks. If possible, try to establish a routine—say a 20-minute walk in the morning and one in the evening. Your pet will appreciate the stability, and a schedule helps motivate us to get out there daily..
Hiking might be one of the most rewarding activities you can do with your pup. The combination of a harder workout and nature is great for both your mind, body, and spirit.
Hiking is a little different than other activities, since you are essentially on your own out there, especially if you’re doing a big hiking trip. For hikes, you always want to have an ID tag on your pup, bring plenty of water, and ideally, carry a first aid kit. Plan ahead. Having the right gear —like portable water bowls—can mean the difference between a good and bad experience.
Even though you’re just walking, hikes can get very steep and hard. It’s best to build up fitness before attempting more strenuous hikes.
Here are a few tips for hiking with your dog:
- Make sure your dog is comfortable on a leash and has good recall in case they are off the leash.
- If your dog is cautious of other people or dogs, make sure to tell other hikers.
- Pick up after your pet (bring doggie bags!)
- Before you head out, check the park rules to make sure pets are allowed.
Like any high-impact sport, you should ease your pup into running. It’s fantastic exercise for them, but just like you, they need to get in shape over time.
If you’re running on the road, always keep your dog out of the line of traffic—and on a relatively short leash. You don’t want your pup zigzagging in and out of the road. If you live near a running trail, make sure that off-leash pets are allowed. Like hiking, you will want to carry water and make sure pup has an ID.
Tips for a successful run with your pet:
- If your dog isn’t good on a leash, try attending a basic obedience class. A well-behaved pet makes running easier on you both.Allow time for your dog to potty before you run. Plan to spend some time walking while you both warm up.
- Have set periods to let your dog do some dog things like sniffing before you start running or stopping along the way to use the bathroom.
- Make running a game for them—most dogs love intervals, so feel free to play with pace as your fitness allows.
Yoga is every bit as good for your pet as it is for you, and they wull get the same benefits. Relieving stress and strengthening your bond, yoga with pets is a combination of exercises and massage. Yoga + dog means benefits for all!!
Exercise wise: there might be no workout buddy as great as your four-legged best friend. Your pet loves you and will want to spend time by your side every single day, rain or shine. And now that Summer is almost here, It's the perfect time to snap on the leash and go for a walk or run!