|Envy enjoys some K9 Fit Club time in a class at Canine PhD in Atlanta|
That's the idea behind K9 Fit Club, one of the newest ways for people and their pups to get and stay fit and healthy together.
Most dogs are always ready to go on an adventure with their people, making them the greatest motivator to get you up and off the sofa.
And for those pups who would rather sit on the sofa with you, it's possible they may need a little more exercise and healthy living too.
More than 50 percent of U.S. dogs are overweight or obese and two in three adults are considered to be overweight or obese. That amounts to a lot of lbs that can be lost if pups and peeps would help each other out and get up and get moving together!
That's a big reason why I went through the training to get certified as a K9 Fit Club instructor. Lucky for me, at a time in my life when it was getting really easy to pack on the pounds and blame it on just getting old, I had young pup Rocco ready to go at a moments notice.
With the help of better nutrition (skipping the fast food) and more exercise, I'm back at my fighting weight, have more energy and building back the muscle I had before I had shoulder surgery a few years back.
|Walking lunges are much more fun with a dog by your side, and you never know when they'll surprise you|
and pop up into your arms like Rocco did here!
And now, I'd like to help other folks and dogs meet their fitness goals and have fun while doing it!
Want to see what it's all about? Take a look at some of these K9 Fit Club regulars working out at the club that started it all in the Chicago area.
At the classes I'm teaching now in the Atlanta area, we use a combination of human and dog exercise equipment like steps, hand weights, FitPaws balance discs and K9FITbones. We weave through cones, do agility jumps for the dogs and get in some strength and core training too, all to fun motivating music with your pup by your side.
The programs and training for K9 Fit Club were developed by a team of veterinarians, physicians, psychologists, personal trainers and dog trainers. And working out with your dog can help you do more than just lose weight. Pets can improve our health by helping lower blood pressure, lessen anxiety and boost immunity.
If you're in the Atlanta area and want to know more about taking a K9 Fit Club class, fill out our short form and I'll contact you with more info.
If you're in a different city, check out the list of certified trainers for a K9 Fit Club trainer near you.
Would you work out or go to the gym more often if you could bring your dog with you? Let us know in the comments below.
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