Exercise Besties

photoDogs are some of the best companions- ask any dog owner. They guard us, comfort us, keep us entertained, and can even be workout partner. More people are discovering the advantages of having their four-legged companion help keep them healthy. Lots of folks that want to get fit don’t always have a friend to get them up and get them going. Well, what’s a pup for, if not to inspire you to do things you wouldn’t normally do?

Walking the human

A dog is probably the best motivator in a dog owner’s life. Studies have shown that the average dog owner walks more, faster, and enjoys an active lifestyle. This is likely because their pup enjoys a daily walk, and the time spent together is positive for the both of them. Moreover, dog owners are more likely to go to the park and interact in healthy activities, from running to playing fetch. These activities help people get fit, even if you don’t know you’re doing it.

While training in a fitness center may be a bit difficult, there are still activities you can do with your pup to keep fit. The daily walk is one of the greatest pastimes, but don’t let the name sound like a weak workout. Dogs tend to speed things up, eager to move, and those four legs trot around at more than regular speed, sometimes forcing us to keep up. Playing in the park, fetch, tossing a ball or Frisbee, or even just playing a game of chase all keep you and your companion active and healthy.

Interactive and entertaining

Dogs are normally active, bringing enthusiasm and energy to their atmosphere. This is motivational for anybody. Having a dog as your fitness partner has no down side to it. They are often willing to do whatever you want to. They are the epitome of a social partner, often pushing you to get up, get out, and get active. The cliché picture of the old faithful pup waiting at the door with their leash, practically begging to get out and go for a walk is something we often laugh at, but it is picture perfect for the owner’s health.

A time to enjoy

Dog owners who get out and are active are also more likely to engage in conversations with strangers. Meeting new people and even conversing with old friends keeps us socially active as well. Pups take us out into the world, offering security, friendship, and even confidence. Dogs give us the companionship people need to stay active and live a healthy lifestyle.

We often find that the time we spend with our pup isn’t actually a chore or obligation, so we tend to enjoy the moment a little more. Playing and interacting with your faithful companion is fun and healthy for you. But it is important not to forget that they too must be taken care of. If you’re riding a bike, stay on or near soft or grassy terrain so that their paws don’t get torn up. Another thing to consider is the time of day and elements. The sidewalk and road are normally scorching hot during the summer days, so think about exercising during early morning or late evening when things are cooler. It is still important to make sure the both of you stay hydrated, so bring a small bowl and plenty of water for both of you. Most importantly, don’t forget the potty bags. You don’t want to leave any surprises for others to step on.

Next time you’re thinking about walking the dog, picture them walking you, helping keep you fit and healthy!

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