Losing weight and getting fit are at the top of everyone’s New Year’s Resolutions. The gyms are packed with enthusiastic people at the start of the year, but those numbers soon decline.
Here’s a way to keep yourself motivated all year long—use an enthusiastic workout buddy, your dog! Your furry friend is the perfect workout coach and motivator and there is a huge benefit for him. Pet obesity is becoming a top concern across the globe. Keeping your pet physically active will also keep him happy and healthy plus give you more bonding time.
Look at these fun workout activities you can do with your pet to keep you both fit and healthy.
1. Go for a Trail Run
Running on a trail is better for both people and dogs. It makes people train harder while running on a terrain and it’s easier on your dog’s sensitive paws. This is also a great way to get some fresh air and take in some beautiful scenery.
2. Doggy Yoga
Yes, doggy yoga is a thing. It’s called “Doga” and it’s just as good for your dog as it is for you. This practice focuses on gentle stretching, meditation, and dog massage. It is fun and provides a great bonding experience between you and your dog. You can learn about doga at home through instructional videos available online and see how to get your namaste on with your pup.
3. Cardio Circuit
If you’re looking to spice up your usual morning walk with your dog, run for 30 seconds then do a strengthening exercise. For instance, run for 30 seconds, then do squats. Every time you go down, give your furry friend a scratch or a rub—that way they can be part of the strength training, too.
4. Go for a Swim
Maybe not in the elite pool, but if you have a pool, or a pond or a lake near your house, break out the bathing suit! Swimming is great for a dog’s joints and is easier on their paws than running. It’s just as great for people, too!
Bikejoring is when your dog pulls you on a bike and it’s a great way to channel some dogs’ inner desire to pull while giving them plenty of physical exercise. As your dog jogs and pulls the bike, you can pedal to help change-up the speed and help with hills. To add some resistance for you, lower the gear and pedal the whole time. This exercise works only for large dogs that are in top physical condition. Use bike friendly paths and areas to ensure the safety of you and your pet.
Don’t have time to work out with your dog? With doggie daycare, we exercise your pup and ensure they get proper socialization and abundant play time. Playrooms are equipped with fun equipment, and play groups are separated by size, temperament, and play style. Give your pet the gift of play!