Everything is more fun when you do it with a friend. And who is a better choice than your own dog? There is a perfectly good reason why dogs are called a man’s best friend. So whether you are a woman or a man, your dog is certainly a great companion for your workouts. These are some of the best exercises that you can do together to look better and feel better too.
This might sound ridiculous, but you can truly lose weight this way. Try going to a park a few days a week to play fetch with your dog. It will seem like your pet isn’t tired at all, but you will be panting after only 15 minutes. You can incorporate a lot of exercises this way, such as: squats, sit-ups, push-ups or whatever that comes to mind. Make up a game; for example, try to do 10 push-ups until your dog comes running back. This is a great way to stay in shape, and have fun at the same time.
If you enjoy climbing, this could be a perfect exercise for you and your pet. Hill climbing with your pet could be a great time to change your surroundings, break a good sweat, and have a quality workout with your pup. There is also no need for high-tech gear; just make sure you have your climbing shoes on, a bottle of water for you, a bowl for your four legged friend, and you are on your way. Climbing is not only a good exercise, but is also good for your lungs and the breathing process.
Make a running schedule, and stick to it. You could also train your dog to wake you up every morning for a nice jog and a healthy breakfast. You could start small with just a power walk around your neighborhood, and then build it up to a more serious routine later. There is no better feeling than running down the street, and knowing that your companion is following you every step of the way.
A good diet, and healthy nutrition, makes for about 50% of any weight loss program. You can work out as much as you want, but without a proper diet it will most likely have no effect whatsoever. There are some healthy snacks or superfoods that you and your dog can enjoy together. When you feel a need for snacking, you could share some strawberries or blueberries together. Animals can eat all sorts of fruits and vegetables such as lettuce, spinach, green beans etc. A helpful idea would be to get some low carb protein bars for yourself, and some light treats for your puppy.
Who would have known that losing weight can be so much fun? Joining your dog in their usual outdoor activities is a great way to stay healthy and fit. Of course, every dog breed enjoys different kinds of exercises. You should find out what your dog likes, and make a workout schedule for both of you. You will see that there is no better way to lose weight than this.
About the author
Roxana is an adventurer, a frequent traveler and an animal loving person from Sydney, Australia. She is very passionate about the environment and she loves to write about topics that interest her. Roxana’s life goal is to travel the whole world wit her pets and meet a lot of different people on the way. She’s a proud mom of two very funny dogs, Brando and Astor, and a michevious cat Archibald.