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Your four legged friend can help you get in shape and have fun doing it
Exercising with your dog is fun and benefits both of you
Over the years I’ve brought him mountain biking, snowshoeing, trail running and hiking. Being a labrador retriever he loves the water, so one of my goals has been to train him to paddleboard with me.
Today was our first time trying it together and he did fantastic! I had to bribe him with a ball to train him to get on and then stay on the board. But he quickly got the idea and we actually got to paddle around the dog beach at Kits Beach.
Dogs are Perfect Workout Partners
Dogs can be the perfect ally to get into shape.
I’ve explained why social support is one of the five key factors for optimal fitness. Dogs are social creatures who love to spend time with their pack (i.e. you and your family). So they’re always happy to do things with you.
Since Rover requires a couple of walks each day, he’ll definitely keep you on a walking routine. In fact I’ve read one study that concluded that dog owners were more successful at maintaining weight loss than non-dog owners simply due to the fact that dog owners walk a lot more.
You can also train dogs to go with you on many other activities. This will build a strong bond between the two of you and get you both into great shape.
I love the fact that Brady doesn’t feel the need to talk much when we’re out having fun. Maybe that’s a guy thing.
Some Considerations when Exercising with Your Dog
As great as it can be working out with your dog, there are a few things to keep in mind:
Photo Contest Reminder
Don’t forget about the Active Life photo contest. Grab your pooch, your camera and take some photos of the two of you being active.