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Getting More Active & Exercising With Your Dog

If there are moments in your life when you blame yourself for being too lazy and passive, you should know one thing: you are not alone. In fact, you represent the majority, since as much as 80 percent of Americans don’t get a minimum portion of physical activity they are supposed to get in order to stay healthy and fit. Needless to say, the situation leaves much to be desired. We are the victims of a sedentary lifestyle, and the trend seems to be gaining momentum.

Try Exercising with your Dog

However, unlike most of the problems from the category of ‘global’, the problem of passive lifestyle does have a solution. What’s more, this solution is quite simple. All it takes to get off the dime is to reconsider your schedule and incorporate a portion of physical activity into your daily routine. This will be especially easy if you have a four-legged friend. As experience confirms times and times again, dogs are great partners for exercising.

In case you’ve never tried to combine the first with the second, I’m ready to give you some ideas. Feel free to use them and tweak them according to your preference. And I promise that your level of health and emotional balance will improve tremendously.

Go for a Run With Your Dog

 Although it’s quite a natural thing to do, for some reason we only see people running with their dogs in some movies or sportswear ads. However, running with your pet is a great thing at least because it can help you kill two birds with one stone. Not only will you get a portion of extra physical activity, but you’ll also share it with the best training partner you can imagine. (because dog’s never blame you that you’re running either too fast or too slow, and they never ask you to stop for a sec because they need to do up shoelaces).

Try Some Dog-Friendly Yoga

 Yoga with pets might sound like a crazy idea, but it’s not as insane as it seems at first glance. At the end, there might be some reason why one of the basic asanas in yoga is called the downward dog. In the majority of cases, you’ll be the one of the two to actually practice yoga. However, you will have a great partner watching you and barking at you when your technique is not perfect. What else could you ask for?

Play With a Ball or Frisbee

 This idea is especially good if you have a big backyard or a green park or a beach somewhere nearby. Get either a ball or a frisbee and go have some fun with your four-legged friend. At the very least, you’ll get some happy vibes. At the very best, you’ll burn a lot of calories, have some great cardio, and spend time in the open air.

Or Have a Long Ride on a Bike

Bikes are awesome. Apart from being one of the healthiest and eco-friendliest ways of transport, it is also a great exercising with your dog physical activity. If your dog is big and strong enough, you can tie the collar to the handle-bar and keep your pace to the extent that is comfortable for your friend. However, if your ball of fluff belongs to a small dog breed, it might be better to keep him in a bike basket. You get a portion of cardio exercise, while your four-legged friend gets some fresh air. Isn’t it a good deal on both ends?

About the Author

Born and raised in Austin, TX, Hilary Smith is a free-lance journalist whose love of gadgets, technology and business has no bounds. After becoming a parent she now enjoys writing about family and beauty related topics on the web and for www.brilliance.com

 

 

To Conclude All Said Above

 

In case you still have doubts, here is the last argument to convince you. It’s always better to exercise with partners, and it doesn’t matter if it’s your friend or your four-legged friend we are talking about. What’s more, chances are good that the latter is even better. Give it a try, go do some exercises with your dog. Because chances are good you’ll be glad that you did.

About the Author

Born and raised in Austin, TX, Hilary Smith is a free-lance journalist whose love of gadgets, technology and business has no bounds. After becoming a parent she now enjoys writing about family and beauty related topics on the web and for www.brilliance.com

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