I recently had the chance to chat with one of the awesome writers for The Dog Blog at Zuke's about some simple ways to incorporate fun and fitness with your pup into your already busy life.
You know what it's like... you get home from work, you're tired and you know you should work out but it's... well... just too exhausting. Your pup, on the other hand, is wagging his tail and waiting for you to show him a good time.
Here's how you can use that fido friendly energy to help motivate you to get up and get going. You'll sneak in some healthy exercise for you both and your dog, and chances are, you won't even notice you're working out!
1. Even if just for 10 minutes, head outside and throw a ball or disc for your pup. Then run toward it yourself to race your dog to the toy. Alternately, you can throw the toy and then run the other direction, which will get your dog to chase you.
|Rocco loves to play chase and active fetch in the backyard|
3. K-9 Fit Clubs offer special classes around the country for pets and their people. A sample exercise is a “wall sit,” in which you have your back against a wall and pretend to sit in a chair. Little dogs can jump in your lap, and bigger dogs can put their front paws on your legs. It helps strengthen the dogs’ rear ends and creates more of a challenge for the human.
|Love the versatility of the K9FITBone!|
5. It’s not only great exercise but it clears your head. Hiking with friends who also have dogs, or join a meet-up group in your city, which has the added benefit of someone else planning the activity so all you have to do is show up.
|Rocco likes to hike with his pals Johann, Gracie and Rach|
How does your pup help you stay active?
Let us know in the comments below.
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