Are you feeling a little sluggish going into the new year? Maybe you want to be more active, but you aren’t sure where to start with your fitness goals. Perhaps you made a New Year resolution to live a healthier lifestyle, but after a long day or week of work, where can you find the motivation to get moving?
Just look to man’s best friend!
Your fur baby can also be your workout buddy! Having someone with you makes it easier to get moving, and who is more encouraging than your dog?! You don’t just have to go for walks around your neighborhood. There are many activities you can do with your dog to help you get fit and feel your best. Below, we’re sharing five ways your dog can help you get healthy and reach your fitness goals.
There’s nothing quite like being out in nature to help you feel like you’re living your best life. Find a trail, and you and your best fur friend can go for an invigorating hike. Hiking with your dog is a great way to get in some exercise and might encourage you to get moving more than the same old neighborhood walk. Make sure you bring enough water and trail snacks for both of you.
Many pet suppliers make water bottles, and backpacks just for dogs, so they can help carry their own supplies on a hike. Hiking can be as easy – or as difficult – as you like to suit your fitness level. Be sure to take your dog’s fitness level into account before picking your trail. Not sure where to go? Check out these hiking trails in Brevard County.
Maybe you want to work on your flexibility and center yourself. Yoga can help decrease the tension of the day while increasing your fitness level. If you want to experience all the benefits of yoga, while also spending time with your dog, now you can!
A new fitness trend blends yoga with dogs, to bring us doga! Doga uses modified Hatha yoga poses to create a routine you can do with your dog. Some doga instructors claim it will increase the awareness and bond between you and your fur baby. While there aren’t many studios that offer doga, you can easily find doga instructional books, DVDs, and videos online.
If you have access to a pool, or love to spend time at the lake, you and your pal can hit the water together. Swimming is easy on the joints and an excellent whole-body workout for you and your best friend. Make sure you take precautions when swimming with your dog. A life jacket is essential for your fur baby. Brachycephalic (short-nosed) dogs like the English Bulldog or pug, may not be able to handle a swim because of their shorter nasal passages.
Always wanted to try paddleboarding? It’s an excellent workout for your abs and arms and helps with balance. It’s also a great opportunity to get some fresh air with your water-loving dog! Be sure to get the right kind of board. A longer, wider board is best if you plan on taking your pup on the water with you. Check out this awesome inflatable stand-up paddleboard that the entire family can enjoy – human and canine alike!
Small dogs can easily sit in front of you on your board, while larger dogs can sit behind you. Make sure your dog is wearing a life jacket in case of mishaps. This activity is best done with dogs that understand and follow sit/stay commands, for your safety and theirs.
The 90s are back in a big way! The clothes and even activities are popular again. Lace up your in-line skates and hit the pavement with your dog! Rollerblading is a fun way to get in some cardio and more exciting than a jog around the block.
Always wear the appropriate protective equipment for your safety. You will want to be sure your dog can follow basic commands and can change directions quickly. Use a longer leash and a harness for the safety of your pup. Never use a retractable leash. There is a long list of dangers related to their use.
Let’s get moving!
There you have it! Five ways your dog can help you get fit! New activities are a great way to encourage yourself to get moving and bond with your pupper. Always talk to your vet before starting new activities with your dog. You want to be sure your furry friend is at a fitness level that they can handle exercise without injury.
Going on an adventure, but can’t take your dog? Or maybe you’re stuck at work and want to make sure your fur baby still gets plenty of exercise. Let us help you start your New Year off right! We offer dog walking services.
Tell us in the comments – what’s your favorite way to exercise with your dog?
Melanie is the owner and founder of Brevard’s premier trusted in-home pet care company. With a Sociology & Criminal Justice degree from the University of Tennessee, she took her corporate security background and combined it with her lifelong passion for animals – that’s how Space Coast Pet Services was born in 2016! She is certified in Pet First Aid & CPR, insured, and proudly completed a full background check successfully. She is committed to ongoing training and education for herself and her team. To learn more, click here.
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