Staying Fit With Your Dog
Staying fit has many health benefits for humans. From better posture to a stronger heart that leads to a longer life, there is no doubt exercise is good for you. However, it is not always easy to find time to exercise. With the demands of work and technology keeping us in a state of always being “on,” it can be difficult to make time for personal care in the form of movement. This is why having a dog is beneficial. Dogs are great exercise partners and can be your partner in staying fit.
Running with your dog not only improves your health, but it also improves the dog’s health. Running will help maintain your dog’s weight, improve muscle tone, maintain a strong cardiovascular system, and build endurance. Running also helps with rear drive –how strong the dogs back legs. In addition, running with your dog is good for their mental health and yours. It releases endorphins and serotonin you, which sends happy and calm signals to the brain. Running also makes your dog happy too. Plus, it allows the dog to release some energy, preventing disruptive behavior inside your home. However, always check with your veterinarian first to ensure your dog is physically ready to run. Ready, set, go!
Running is not for everyone. Some people distain it, while others simply do not have the right body type for it. Good thing that walking is one of the best exercises available! And your dog can be your walking buddy. Dogs like walks because they can explore the world around them. They can also socialize just like you by meeting others along the way. Walking is great for keeping you and your dog in good health and spirits while being social at the same time. Strap an extra bottle of water on for your beloved animal, and get moving!
What dog does not like to chase a ball? Playing catch with your dog is a great way for both of you to get fit. Throwing uses muscles in your whole body. You have to engage the legs, core, and upper body to thrust the ball forward. And, with heavier balls, you are getting in some nice muscle toning. For the dog, this is a great bonding experience as well as way to work on their speed and agility. Having to navigate in and around objects forces the dog to think fast and stay mentally sharp. Playing catch is a sure fire way to ramp up your health and your best friend’s.
Other ideas for keeping fit with your dog:
• Walking a trail together
• Playing chase
• Throwing a Frisbee
• “Doga,” or dog yoga (it is real, look it up)
• Doggie paddle in the pool
• Playing soccer
• Lifting your dog as if he or she was set of weights
• Tossing and catching your puppy safely
• Tug of war
• Agility training
• Biking with your dog running along side
Don’t forget to hydrate!
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