Whether you exercise on a regular basis or want to begin making it more of a priority in your life, one of the best ways to stick with it is by making it fun and interesting. After all, if you look forward to exercising, you’ll make sure it’s something you do at least once a day and maybe sometimes even more! While there are unique classes you can take and easy-to-use DIY equipment for your house, why not let your furry friend in on the fun? Exercising with a dog is one of the best ways to burn calories while letting your pup get their energy out, which is pretty much a win/win for both of you.
Want your Dog to be your Workout Buddy?
Are you intrigued? What dog lover wouldn’t be? To get started, a few easy ways to incorporate your best friend into your exercise routine are listed below.
1. Try Biking
If you’re looking for a unique way to workout with your dog, try biking! However, don’t jump into this without the right equipment. Make sure you have a reflective t-shirt to wear and reflectors on your bike, especially if you’re going out toward the evening. It’s also crucial to have a leash that’s specifically made to be used while riding a bike. To make sure the experience is even safer, do a few trial runs while riding slow before you move on to doing a faster pace.
You probably know you have some fresh moves on the dance floor, but does your dog? Prove to them you could have been the prom king or queen by turning your living room or backyard into a stage. Turn up the music and both of you will be able to jump around and have some fun while you burn calories. Sure, it might sound a little weird to dance with your dog, but it’s very likely that they’ve already seen you do many other “weird” things in the past!
3. Take Them to Yoga Class
If you thought dancing with your dog was out of your comfort zone, prepare for dog yoga (a.k.a “doga”)! Depending on where you live, there should be at least a few options for classes you can attend with your furry friend. The reviews on this are pretty mixed, as it largely depends on the behavior of your pup. However, if you have a pretty content dog that enjoys being active, this type of exercise is well worth a try.
4. Begin the Morning with Tag or Frisbee
For those who enjoy exercising first thing in the morning, walking or running with your dog is an excellent option. However, if you want to mix things up, tag or Frisbee can be fun alternatives. Both will burn calories for you and energy for your dog, making it beneficial for each of you. What’s even better is that you can do these activities right in your backyard or a local dog park, depending on the space you have available.
5. Try a Daily Workout
Looking for something more traditional you can do in the comfort of your own home? This quick workout is effective and perfect for having fun with your furry friend.
- Squats: While standing in front of your dog with your legs hip-width apart, hold a bone up above his head with your right hand. When he looks up, squat down and bring the treat under your legs. Repeat while your dog tries to get their treat.
- Jump Ups: Crouch in front of your pup with a toy in your hands. Once they see what they want, jump up like you’re doing a jumping jack. Go back down into the crouching position and repeat 10 times holding the toy in different hands each time.
- Planks: Get into plank position while holding a dog toy or treat in your left hand. While still in position, slowly bend your arm across to your right arm while your dog slowly walks after their desired treat. Once they reach it, extend your arm all the way out to the side. Repeat on each side before giving your dog their treat for being so good!
Exercising with your Best Friend
Getting a good workout is 100% possible with your dog, you just have to get creative. Fortunately, the ideas above make it easy and can spark some ideas of your very own. Which will you get started with? Whichever you choose, make sure to practice safety for both of you so exercising together can be an everyday thing.