There are many reasons to get a dog. Even though you won’t probably need any more convincing but owning a furry pal can also improve your health. Studies have shown that dogs help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, reduce stress, depression, and anxiety while they also motivate you to exercise. They will be like the gym buddy that you’ve always wanted, but only way cuter.
Here are some of the fun ways you can exercise with your dog
- Warm-up jog
Start out by jogging lightly to a nearby park, beach, or field. This generally works best after your dog has done its business. Then, you can train your dog to focus on jogging and not get distracted by different scents he comes across. You can use a leash to guide the route and help control speed. Take the same route often as it’ll teach your dog to know what to expect, though you can also change it a bit from time to time. To make things harder, try out a cardio challenge by picking up the speed and run a specific distance or time.
- Burpees & bounds
Start in a standing position. Have your dog pay attention to you and throw the toy as far as possible. Then, perform as many burpees as you can until your dog returns with the toy. Go on and repeat it 3-5 times. Each time, throw the toy further away and try to beat your previous round of burpees.
- Squat & throw
Stand with your feet shoulder-width wide, hold the toy in both hands. Then, hinge at hips and lower down your butt back into a squat (try to reach as low as possible while keeping your chest lifted and without losing the natural curve of your lower back.) As you start rising, explode up onto your toes by arching back as you throw the toy as far over your head and behind you as possible. Once your dog returns with the toy, that’ll count as one rep. Now, repeat for 10-15 reps.
Hopefully, you’re already walking your dog on a daily basis. Walking is a great workout for both you and your dog. According to studies, dog owners who walk their dogs daily were almost 25% less likely to be obese than those people without dogs. Plus you and your dog will also get mental and stress relieving benefits.