Exercise with Your Dog for a Healthier You

October 8, 2013

Autumn_Foliage_in_Natirar,_New_Jersey_File_6In honor of Adopt a Shelter Dog Month this October, Eco News Network will feature topics related to canine companions. If you’re the proud owner of a dog or thinking about adopting one, one of the fun and beneficial things to do is to exercise with your dog.  Instead of curling up in front of  the TV while your dog snuggles next you – here are four exercise with your dog ideas that will get you moving with your favorite pooch.

1. Wake Up and Go
What’s a better way to get your butt out of bed and wake up in the morning than by taking a stroll? Grab your pooch and go! You and Exercise with your pet for a healthier youyour dog can get some fresh air, burn some calories and of course have your dog go potty too. Don’t just do this in the morning, but take the opportunity to exercise with your dog each time nature calls for your pet. According to a March 2011 study conducted by Michigan State University, showed dog owners who walk their dogs “were 34 percent more likely to meet federal benchmarks on physical activity.”

2. Yoga + You + Dog = Doga
Now, this is innovative! Yoga is all the craze, so why not enlist your dog in a class? It’s called doga. Some say it helps both dogs and owners relax; however, others dismiss it for pups. It’s doubtful that your dog will actually be getting into yoga positions like downward-dog, but it’s a good bonding experience. Another positive element is it motivates people to go exercise, rather than sit on the couch with a bowl of potato chips.

3. Frisbee Fun
This is a classic. Playing fetch with your dog and a Frisbee is a great way to get your heart and blood pumping. The activity involves throwing and running; really what’s a better way to sweat? There are also classes you and your pooch can take. Be sure to check your area for a list. Not only can you better your body, but your dog will have tons of fun!

4. The Classic FetchIgelball_als_Beute
You can’t go wrong with a good, old game of fetch. Head to your backyard or to the dog park, grab a stick or ball and have at it. Yes, your dog will work up a pant by running, but you’ll also get a good arm workout by tossing the fetch item back and forth. If you want to spice it up, play fetch with your pet by seeing who can get to the stick or ball first.

These are just a few ways you and your dog can exercise together. If they don’t tickle your fancy, be sure to check out other ways online. All that matters is that you and your pet have fun together, and stay active.

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons, Flickr/mister b
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