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Why You Should Consider Exercising with Your Pet

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Working out with your pet kills two birds with one stone: it allows you to fit in a workout while ensuring that your pet gets its equally important daily exercise. Just like you, your pet needs to be active for at least 30 minutes a day in order to stay fit and healthy. Are you aware of any dog exercises with owner you could try?

The second key reason why it’s a smart move to incorporate dog exercises with owner into your daily workout, is that you’ll start to associate working out with the positive feeling you experience when you spend time with your pet. So, if you ever find it difficult to motivate yourself to exercise, it’s well worth experimenting with working out with your pet. Here are some activities that both you, and your pet might enjoy.

Expand Your Horizons

If you’re tired of going for the same walks around your neighborhood and are interested in exploring new areas, you might consider driving to new parks in your town or city. Instead of limiting yourself to locations that are within walking distance of your home, grab your furry friend and expand your fitness horizons.

Bike Together

While it’s not safe to have your dog run alongside you on the sidewalk or in the street, you may want to train your dog to run beside you as you slowly ride on a safe off-road cycling track. This particular idea works well if you have an energetic medium to large sized dog. Although if you have a small dog – or even a cat – try placing them in an approved pet-friendly harness.

Care for a Swim?

If your pet isn’t afraid of water, you may be able to convince them to swim with you but start slow. Stand at one end of the pool and throw a ball to the opposite side of a pool, your dog will be happy to race you to the ball. You can also try this exercise at your local beach.

Paddle Board, Anyone?

Stand up paddle boarding is a great full body exercise. And, if you can involve your pet in your workout by teaching your dog to sit on your paddleboard as you explore new coastlines, so much the better.

So, if you love the idea of spending quality time with your pet, while you burn calories and tone your body, give some of the fun ideas listed above a try. Happy exercising!

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Stephany is a GR8NESS Contributing Editor who writes about pet care, CBD, stress, self care, meditation, time management, brain training, and natural remedies with a focus on the science behind it all. She has three dogs, three cats, walks half marathons, and practices yoga and powerlifting. You can often find her training her dogs or experimenting with new flavors in the kitchen.
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