Exercise, it's good for you and it's good for your dog. So why not
combine the two together? Working out with your dog is simultaneously a good
way to stay in shape, and a great way to make your canine friend happy. Having
a beloved companion along with you as you exercise can make for a more
enjoyable experience as well. Plus, dogs are creatures of habit. Once they get
used to an exercise routine, they'll expect it -- making it harder for you to
cop out. So check out these five valuable workouts you can do with your dog.
Perhaps the best exercise you can do with your dog, running
has fantastic benefits for both of you. For dogs it is one of the most
efficient ways to burn off a canine's pent-up energy, while for a human running
provides an excellent, heart-friendly cardiovascular workout. Running also
provides a fantastic opportunity to get out and explore the outdoors.
A more relaxed alternative to running, there's a great
chance you already regularly walk with your dog. While it may not offer the
same intensive cardiovascular workout as running, a walk is still very good for
your health. Walking's slower pace can also make it ideal for older dogs -- or
older humans. Plus, walking can be more enjoyable than other exercises, as it
provides a better chance to enjoy nature.
There's no need to stick to the
land -- the water offers plenty of opportunities for exercise with your pooch
as well. Swimming will provide you and your pet with a quality, low-impact,
full-body cardio workout. Just make sure that you're dog is a strong swimmer --
or, if he's not, equip him with a doggy life preserver.
Aside from swimming,
kayaking and paddleboarding (among other water activities) can also be
participated in by both dog and owner.
While the classic form of fetch might only provide a workout
for your canine partner, there's no reason the game can't be modified so you
both benefit. The simplest way might be to throw in some squats, lunges, or
other basic exercises while you wait for your dog to return. Or, you could even
try racing your pet for the ball or stick you've thrown. Many dogs will find
this more competitive version of fetch much funner anyway.
Riding a bicycle while your dog runs alongside you can be
perfect if your pet is on the rambunctious side. If your dog is so energetic
that you have a hard time keeping up with him while running, cycling is a great
solution. With the use of a bike, an owner who gets tired quickly can still
exercise with their pet. In addition, cycling is an excellent aerobic workout.
A healthy dog is a happy dog. Humans, it turns out, aren't really so different. Research has discovered that people who get enough exercise are less likely to experience anxiety, depression, and other mental issues. On the animal side of things, many dogs that exhibit behavioral problems (such as chewing on the furniture) do so only because they aren't getting nearly enough exercise. So do yourself and your canine companion a favor by starting a habit of exercising together.