There are number of health benefits to having a dog: lowered blood pressure, a sense of responsibility, and an excuse to rock earhoox and be more active.
Dogs are not only awesome workout partners, but they are also good motivators because they are creatures of habit. Once they get used to their daily workout, they’ll start begging for it. And who can say no to that face?
Here are some fun ways to be active with your best furry pal:
Head to the Park
If you have a dog that can catch a frisbee, you can play fetch until your furbaby is all tuckered out. And if your dog is as horrible at fetch as mine was, you’ll get a great workout running to catch your own ball or frisbee while she cocks her head at you like you’re crazy. Either way, you’re getting exercise.
Scene and Be Seen
You don’t need a gym membership to walk around the neighborhood. It’s a great opportunity to do some sightseeing and get the blood flowing. And if he/she’s so high energy that she’s dragging you along, consider running, biking or rollerblading alongside her.
Most dogs are natural swimmers so this is a fun option for a hot day. You can play fetch in the water, practice your doggy paddle together, and if you have a particularly coordinated dog, teach him/her to balance on a surf or paddleboard.
There’s nothing like a change of scenery and you and your best bud will love the fresh air and natural surroundings on a good hike.
If your dog is particularly adventurous you may want to check out parkour. Basically, it’s about creatively turning your dog’s world into an obstacle course.
Remember, hydration is key for both you AND your dog – they don’t have sweat glands like us. No matter how you spin it – including your pets in your workout – definitely ups the fun factor.
Final tally: a best friend who encourages you to be your best, puts you in a good mood AND gets you off the couch? It’s called… winning!