Exercise is always more fun with a friend! Need someone to motivate you to exercise? Get your pets involved! According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 59 percent of cats and 54 percent of dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Exercising with your pet will be fun and beneficial for both of you, but it’s important to ensure safety for everyone involved. Follow these recommendations for a great workout!
Take a New Path
Ever tire of your dog walking routine? Same time, same route, day in, day out… Change up that routine in an interesting way: Instead of walking your dog, let your dog walk you. You might enjoy letting your pup lead the way through uncharted territory.
The experts say that interval training is great for the heart, and the same is true for pets. Head out for a walk with your dog, but instead of just walking, increase both of your heartrates by mixing in some different, more intense movements, like jogging, shuffling sideways, and running backward.
Work Your Muscles
Pump some iron without the iron by using your own body weight as resistance, and get your dog involved. If your dog loves to play fetch and your abs could use a bit of toning, grab your dog’s toy of choice and lay flat on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground. As you sit up, throw the toy. Your dog will run after it as you slowly lower your back onto the floor, and he’ll bring it back (hopefully) just in time for you to sit up again and throw it. You can do the same with squats: As you lower into a squatting position, you can raise the toy over your head, prompting your dog to jump for it.
Involve the Kitty
Use tools like flashlights and lasers to entice your feline friend to move while you move, too. You can do sit ups while you waive small flashlights or laser pointers at the wall, jump rope without the rope and put flashlights in your hands, or tie a catnip toy to your dumbbells while you do bicep curls or tricep extensions.
Enjoy your workouts, and remember that UrgentVet is here for all your after-hours concerns and emergencies. Contact us today if you have any questions!