One of the best ways to stay dedicated to a workout regimen is to find something you enjoy and don’t get bored of.
Unfortunately this can be difficult, especially if you don’t have a workout partner to help keep you committed.
The good news is that an exercise buddy might not be as far away as you think. In fact, it could be as close as the dog in your home! Dogs are some of the best friends to have when it comes to sticking to an exercise plan because they are so energetic and never deny an opportunity to get moving. For that reason, you may want to enlist your pup in your very own exercise regimen from now on. Some of the ways you can do this are listed below.
1. Go Swimming
When the weather outside is nice, go swimming with your pup! They’ll enjoy a chance to cool off and you’ll both be able to swim through the water with one another. Even just a small amount of swimming is an excellent full-body workout, and because your dog will enjoy it, you’ll want to continue doing it to keep them happy.
2. Daily Walks
A walk can last for as long as you want it to and your dog will appreciate every step when they’re able to explore. While you can certainly pick the path that you both go on, if you want to shake things up, then let your dog walk you! By giving them a chance to lead the way, you might find an exciting new path that both of you enjoy.
If you like biking and your dog is the highly energetic type, then cycling is a great activity to consider. You’ll be able to pedal fast while your dog runs as fast as they want, so you’ll both have a great time. What’s even better is the fact that them running will prevent you from giving up, so you’ll be more motivated to continue. Just make sure you look into products that can help reduce the sudden force of your dog going off track, just in case they like chasing other animals while they run.
Whether you are training for a 5K or just enjoy going for occasional jogs, this is an activity that your dog can do with you. What’s even better is the fact that they will get used to going on daily runs, which can help keep you accountable even when you feel like staying in. After all, who can deny a dog holding their leash and wagging their tail at the door? One of the most important tips for running with your dog is to make sure you run at the same pace and don’t go longer than 5 miles to prevent overworking your pup. Additionally, it’s important to make sure the weather is not too hot or humid or else they could become overheated.
With the purchase of a special soccer ball (which won’t pop because it’s designed to be used with dogs), you have an instant game to play with your dog. You can kick the ball toward them, race them for it, and even kick it to other parts of the park. You’ll both have fun, you’ll both be getting exercise, and you’ll enjoy some time bonding as well.
6. Dog Yoga
If you’re especially adventurous and like doing yoga, consider looking for dog yoga (also know as “doga”) classes in your area. This will be a fun change for both of you and can make exercising a lot more exciting. After all, who doesn’t want to tell their friends about how they just did yoga with their dog?
Who says rollerblading is out of style? Put on your skates and grab your dog to have a fun time cruising around your neighborhood. Just make sure to stay away from areas with traffic, as these can be dangerous for both of you without your ability to break on demand.
Although you might be used to working out solo, when you add in your dog, you’ll find that it can be a lot more fun and enjoyable. In fact, you may even look forward to working out when you have your dog anticipating each activity. Try it once and you’ll likely want to stick with it at least a couple times per week to help keep yourself and your pup fit as can be!