Did you know that man’s ultimate best friend can also be man’s best workout partner?
According to research, most dog owners who go outside with their dogs on a regular basis walk an average of 22 minutes more per day compared to non-dog owners. That 22 minutes of walking a dog each day, when done at moderate pace, surpasses the recommended physical activity requirements of 150 minutes each week, which means that being a dog owner can actually be good for your health.
Daily walks at the park or around the neighbourhood is not the only exercise you can do with a pooch, though, as there are also a few more other ways to get fit with them.
Do you already have a furry buddy? In this post, you’ll find five exercises that you can do together.
- Jogging or Running
What better way to increase stamina and strengthen muscles than to do it outdoors with your dog? This cardio workout must be done at a track suitable for animals to ensure that your dog won’t struggle while jogging or running. It’s also important to remember that you should avoid doing this exercise during hot periods of the day, and that you should stop when your dog wants to rest or when he’s lagging behind you. Oh, and don’t forget to bring some water for you and your dog’s rehydration.
- Playing Catch
Playing catch is a classic canine workout that can be very fun for both the dog and the owner. It can be done outside at the nearby park or at your own yard, or inside at the comfort of your own home, given that there’s enough space for your little pup to run around. To play fetch with your dog, you don’t necessarily have to use a fancy Frisbee. Don’t get me wrong, Frisbees are great for playing catch. But his favourite toy or a little ball will be more than enough.
Hiking is an amazing recreational activity that offers numerous health benefits, including lower stress levels, improved control over healthy weight, lower blood pressure, improved mood, and so much more. Some of these benefits can also be enjoyed by your canine companion, too, which makes it something that is even more fun and worthwhile to do. But before you go hiking with your dog, you should remember to plan accordingly, choose your trail wisely, go off leash, pack smart, and adjust for your pup’s age and experience. Being prepared ensures that the entire hike goes well for you and Fido.
Swimming is a low-impact exercise that also happens to be an awesome all-around healthy activity for both humans and canines. Since it’s a low-impact workout that’s easy on the joints, swimming is incredibly beneficial for anyone (people and dogs) with arthritis. And because it’s an all-around healthy activity, it can provide everything that we need: exercise (cardio to muscles), stimulation, and an opportunity to cool down. Whether you do it in a pool, a lake, or the sea – swimming will do wonders for you and your furry body.
There’s a reason why most fitness clubs incorporate dancing into their group exercise programs – it is a fun way to get fit. But dancing with a dog (also called musical canine freestyle) is very different compared to the normal dancing that we do. In musical freestyle, it combines elements of obedience training, tricks and dance to create a fun and creative interaction between the dog and the owner. When dancing with your dog, don’t forget to let them wear cute dog clothes, dog bandanas are also a very popular option to make your pooch look even more adorable while going through the routines. As for its benefits, dancing can help dogs improve their fitness and develop their flexibility. It can also lead to better weight management, improved condition of the heart and lungs, increased aerobic fitness, and better coordination, among others.