Many people are focusing more on getting into shape through exercise and eating better. Getting healthy is one of the most popular resolutions, but often the hardest to stick to. There is no denying it, we as humans love food, but do not like to exercise to work off those extra pounds. As much as it is important to exercise for your own health, it is equally as important to ensure that your dog gets his share of exercise as well to live a long and productive life. You may not have a partner in which to encourage you in your fitness goals, but if you have a dog you have a friend in fitness. Here are some ways that you and your dog can get fit and healthy together.
For a dog their daily walk is a welcomed escape from the mundane normalcy of everyday living. Walking daily enables you and your dog to get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors. Statistics show that the air within your home is usually far more polluted than the outdoor air no matter where you live. A walk allows your body to take in some much needed fresh air and gives your body a chance to use all of its muscles.
Get into a Fitness Routine
It is difficult to develop a fitness routine. Our bodies get used to doing nothing and when it comes time to exercise our minds will protest in favour of something really good to eat. For the sake of both you and your dog it is vital that you get into a fitness routine. Start slow with a little exercise every day and gradually move up to more. If you make a habit of following your fitness routine at the same time every day your dog will help encourage you because he will understand that you are going to do this every day.
Find a Dog Activity
Get out of the house and find something that both you and your dog can do together. Far too much time is spent in doors and there is so much that is outside to entertain you as well as your dog. More and more dog activities are springing up in communities all over the world. If your community does not have any dog friendly activities why not start some of your own.
Lay off the Snacks
Snacking is the quickest way that we humans put on weight and it is not surprising that the same can be stated about our furry friends. Dog treats, like human treats, are much higher in fat than many other food choices. Some owners look to treats while training their dog and there are far more effective ways to encourage a dog’s good behaviour. Showing a dog affection is a much better way to show your dog that he is appreciated without all of the extra calories.
Find a Dog Gym
Dogs are becoming more of a part of society as more people look to keep them with them rather than leaving them at home while we go about our daily lives. Dog gyms are becoming popular in major cities the world over. Even if you cannot find a dog friendly gym you may want to encourage your current gym to get involved in the dog fitness movement.
Tone and Go
There are a number of fitness programs available these days that incorporate your dog into the routine. Tone and Go is one of these fitness programs. It utilizes the fun of music and specific routines to get everyone involved and allowing people to get fit with their dogs.
One at a Time
Those that have multiple dogs tend to try to walk all of their dogs at one time. This is a great time saving measure, but you will see much more benefit from walking each dog individually. You will get more exercise and be able to focus on one dog at a time rather than controlling an entire pack. Focusing on one dog also allows for significant bonding time between the two of you.
Vary it Up
There are many ways in which to get healthy and fit while incorporating much needed time with your dog. When starting a new routine however it is important to vary things up. Both you and your dog can get bored with the same routine day after day. Try walking in different paths or even take the dog away from his normal environment in favour of some hiking trails that the two of you have never seen. You will find that the more exercise that you and your dog can get the better the two of you will feel and the bond between owner and dog will only grow. Have fun and get fit.