We all want to get off of the couch and get healthy. We all want to shed some pounds and feel better about our bodies. But have you looked at your dog recently? As obesity rises in humans, it does so as well in dogs. So if you happen to notice that your four legged friend is looking a little meaty around the middle too, then why not lose weight together?
Studies have shown that people that walk or run with their dogs are more likely to stick with it than those who walk alone. Maybe it’s the puppy dog eyes, maybe it’s the responsibility of being a pet owner, but if walking with your dog can help you to stick with it, then why not give it a try?
The most important thing to remember when it comes to starting a workout routine with your dog is to look at your health right now, as well as the health of your dog. You may be ready to run and jog, but if you have a heavily overweight dog, it will be best to start with a brisk walk to keep your pet safe.
Another thing to take into consideration when working out with your dog is if you have a dog friendly park nearby. There are some parks in urban areas that do not allow pets. Leash laws are also very specific to the area that you live in. So if you like to jog with your furry friend off of a leash, it is important that you check the laws at the park of your choosing to save yourself some time and headache.
When it comes to working out with your pet, you have to be prepared. Not only for yourself, but for your dog as well. That is why it is so important to plan ahead. In most cases, it works out best if you can carry a bag with you. That way you can carry water for yourself, as well as a bowl and water for your dog. Depending on the area in which you live, you may need to also carry pet litter bags to clean up after your pet while you are out and about.
It is also important to remember that certain breeds are more susceptible to the heat than others. Dogs that have very heavy coats such as Huskies and Chows are prone to overheat, as well as the breeds of dogs with the pushed in faces. This includes, but is not limited to, Pugs, Sharpeis, and Pekinese.
No matter if you’re running, jogging or just walking with your dog, you are making a difference in both your health and theirs. 30 minutes spent walking anywhere from 3 to 5 days a week can help add years onto your dog’s life. It can help to reduce joint pain and even help you to slim down to the figure that you have always wanted to have. All while spending quality time with man’s best friend.