Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle,
but getting inspired to work out every day can be a challenge. If you’ve got a
dog, you’re in luck. Dogs need daily exercise too, which makes them great
motivators. Plus, they’re versatile, eager-to-please companions who love being
active with their people. For a safe and satisfying workout with your dog,
though, you’ll want to follow a few basic guidelines. Here are five tips to put
you and your pup on the right exercise track:
When starting any exercise program, it’s important to
begin slowly—and that goes for Rover too. To keep joints and muscles healthy,
ease into exercise. If you’re planning to jog with your four-legged friend, for
example, start by walking and slowly build up the pace. Proper stretching for
you and your dog is also important for safe, healthy exercise.
a Variety of Dog-Friendly Activities
If you get bored with exercise, so will your dog.
Don’t let it happen. Change up your fitness activities each day to keep you and
your pup engaged. Try alternating a brisk walk with a hike in the woods, a
swim, an active game of fetch, or doga.
You might also consider interactive dog sports, like flyball or agility,
which benefits both handlers and their pets.
to a Daily Exercise Routine
Routines offer many benefits for humans and dogs,
including confidence building and discipline. Exercising with your dog as part
of your daily routine adds two more perks—fitness and bonding. Try to work out
with your dog at the same time each day to keep the routine consistent. Morning
exercise is ideal because it boosts metabolism for the entire day.
Down with Your Dog
For a safe workout with your dog, be sure you both
cool down. Cooling down after a workout helps the heart and respiratory system
return to their resting state and the body temperature to normal. You can cool
down by walking slowly with your dog for several minutes. End with gentle
stretches, and have water available for both of you.
Each Other After a Workout
No workout is complete without a treat, especially for
dogs. Offer a small edible or a favorite toy for good behavior and
companionship during your workout session. You might also give your dog a
calming massage to soothe his joints and muscles. Then treat yourself to
something satisfying, like a light snack, a warm bath, or some snuggling time
with your pup.
Working out with a dog has many benefits, from
motivating you to exercise to keeping you and your dog healthy and fit. Recruit your four-legged companion as an
exercise partner, and enjoy a safe and satisfying workout together every day.