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Why Including Your Dog in Your Workout is Beneficial to Your Health

 

If you are in slump where it is really hard to get motivated to make workouts happen, you need a new back up team that will make sure you don’t quit. Find a friend who is eager to run and consider enlisting your dog, who’s always ready for a run. Either way, your workouts are more likely to meet the recommended 150 minutes of exercise a week, and your whole workout should hit a new level.

Workout Buddies

Choose someone who is always on the same page as you are, and pick some new spots to run. If you make your workout buddy a work colleague, you might turn each session into a workout-brainstorm.

Now you have added more incentive to be there; whether it’s sunrise or sundown, surfing or running, the workout’s likely to happen. Long runs or walks are more likely to happen too when you have company that makes the time fly by. I have watched people keep stretching the length of walks or runs when they had a buddy. It’s no longer just about doing the run. Now it’s also a great time to be out there.

Ways to Workout With Your Dog

Head out for a daily run or go bilking with your dog. Health.com reminds us dogs are creatures of habit. So once you set the run in motion they will be there and ready rain or shine. Training author J.T. Clough talks about dogs helping make runs happen and says, “She’ll wait by your sneakers, tongue out, tail wagging. Her excitement can be enough to change your habit. Big or small, most dogs have the energy. Be careful about heat and humidity since dogs do not sweat like people. If you have a flat faced breed, such as a pug or terrier, keep runs under five miles. These dogs have a harder time taking in air."

If you are up to it consider paddle boarding or rollerblading too. You can also invent versions of soccer or fetch that make good workouts, or try stair running with your dog. If you think about how dogs happily play with kids, they can be in motion all day. That’s the approach that could make it a lot more fun for you.

If you do not have a dog, volunteer at your local dog shelter to help walk the dogs. Before you know it you may have adopted one. The longer you stay with a new workout pattern the more entrenched it can become, keeping you out there on a regular basis.

Think about your attitude and why you started to run or do a particular workout in the first place. What made it work so well? What made it fun? The automatic good feelings from a great workout really will kick in if you stay out there.

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