It’s a Dog’s Life: Exercises You Can Do with Your Best Friend
We’ve all heard that working out with a buddy is a great way to stick to our fitness goals, but who says that our exercise partner has to walk on two legs? There are a variety of physical activities that we can perform with man’s best friend which add up to a workout routine that’s not only fun, but beneficial for man and beast alike. We’ve gathered some popular fitness activities that you and your dog can both take part in for a workout that promises to deliver a howling good time.
- Go for a walk (or a jog or run). We may as well get the most obvious choice out right away. The only thing a dog likes more than a run is a run that includes you. If you need a partner who’s ready to go at any time of the day or night, look no further than the furry lump at your feet.
- Play a little Frisbee. Granted, in most cases catching a Frisbee is a better workout for your pooch, but if your dog is better at catching than returning you’re guaranteed to get your exercise in too.
- Make a splash. Water breeds in particular love diving headfirst into fun. If you want a great exercise that’s easy on the joints, both you and your furry buddy may want to suit up and hit the pool.
- Pedal your wares. Bicycling is a sport that few people associate with dogs, but if you follow some specific guidelines, you can both look forward to a good time. Safety tip number one—never loop your dog’s leash around your handlebars.
- Skate through life. If you’ve ever watched an episode of The Dog Whisperer, then you’ve seen Cesar Millan being pulled around town by his pack of dogs while wearing roller skates. Don’t worry, you don’t need a small army of dogs to roller skate; just one will do.
- Jump through some hurdles. Agility training is a great way for you both to burn calories while bonding. An added benefit is all of the other pet owners you’ll get to meet while you’re leaping and bounding.
- Surf’s up. If your dog loves the water, why not use that to your advantage? Surfing provides you with some gnarly health benefits and your dogs can play along too. Just remember the life jackets!
- Have a ball. You don’t have to toss the ball to teach Fido to fetch. Kicking a ball can be just as fun as traditional games of fetch, and can break up the monotony of the same old throw and retrieve routine.
- Tug the right way. Tug is a perfectly acceptable way for you to both work out tension while working up a sweat. It also teaches Fido the appropriate use of teeth.
If you use your imagination, you’ll probably be able to think of many other physical activities that you can include your dog in. If you need some more information on what type of exercise is right for you, contact your chiropractor. Then, schedule a visit to the veterinarian to find out if you and your furry friend have the same fitness goals.