Your dog is the ideal workout buddy. They never complain about hills, or cancel on you last-minute. And they’re always stoked to follow you out the door and this energy can be contagious, as research has shown. Your furry friend is your personal cheerleader and drill sergeant (except when you jog near the woods and your buddy wants to smell every tree..)
Don’t have dog? You can still get in shape with a four-legged friend, by volunteering at the animal shelter or asking your neighbors to borrow their dog. Every dog in the animal shelter needs love and affection, so why not also in your advantage? Dogs crave adventure and these activities are safe for you and the dog. So let’s get both in shape!
Fetch and crunch
Fetching their favorite ball or toy over and over can be a great exercise for your dog, but it doesn’t do much for you. Instead of standing there tossing, you could make it more interactive for yourself. Do lunges or abdominal crunches as you throw the ball. You might build more muscle by throwing the ball or toy further.
This is a fun one! Stand in a squat position and have your dog’s favorite ball toy in your hand, holding it in front of them but still out of their reach. As you come up from your squat, lift the toy as high as you can above your head and make your dog jump for it! Easy and fun to do for the both of you.
The best way to reduce stress is with your best friend, right? Doga is the practice of yoga with your dog. Through acts of meditation, gentle massage and stretching you will achieve a greater harmony with your dog. You will build a stronger bond with your dog, it makes you at ease and you gain a better handle on them. It is very helpful for injured dogs and they become more calm and relaxed. You can find tutorials on YouTube like this one and exercise together at home.
Which kinds of exercises are you going to do with your furry friend? Don’t forget to make sure that they are warmed up (by taking a walk or by playing with their favorite toy). Treat them also after the workouts, in this way they are more excited to do it again! 😉
My dog Rex and I wish you good luck with your workouts!
-” I don’t have time for exercise” is the grown up version of “the dog ate my homework”-