Running and playing with their favourite toy or throwing a ball for them provides both physical activities for us as well as mental stimulation for our dog.
When their world seems overwhelming to our furry friends we need to know that there’s always something worth getting up for which can make give pets like ours the willpower to push through when we’re feeling down.
Check out these 17 ways to get fit with your dog!
1. Take a hike together
A great way to explore nature and get some exercise is to go on a hike with your furry friend by your side.
2. Sign up for a dog obedience class
This can be great fun and a good workout for both of you, as well as teaching your dog some important commands.
3. Play frisbee in the park
A classic game that both you and your dog can enjoy playing together.
4. Go swimming
Dogs love swimming just as much as we do, so take them to the beach or local pool for some fun in the water. Just be sure to watch out for those hot summer days.
5. Get your diets in order
If you’re looking to get in shape, it’s important to have a healthy diet. But did you know that what you feed your dog can also affect their weight and overall health?
Working together to get on a nutritious diet will be beneficial for both of you. Make sure to feed your dog high protein dog food in periods of high activity.
6. Go jogging
Jogging is a great way to get some cardio in, and it’s even more fun when you have your dog by your side.
7. Take a trip to the dog park
The dog park is a great place to socialize your pup while getting some exercise yourself. Just make sure to keep an eye on them at all times.
8. Go for a walk
Walking is a low-impact form of exercise that is great for both you and your dog. And it’s a great way to get to know your neighborhood.
9. Play fetch
This one is a no-brainer, but it’s still one of the most fun exercises to do with your pup.
10. Do some strength training with your dog
There are plenty of exercises you can do together to work on your strength, such as squats and lunges.
11. Ride bikes together
A great way to explore new areas and get in some cardio is to go for a bike ride with your pup tagging along.
12. Train for a race together
If you’re looking for an extra challenge, train for and run a race together. Your dog will be there to help you cross the finish line.
13. Go kayaking
This is a great activity for those hot summer days. And your pup will love being out on the water with you.
14. Make your own obstacle course
This is a great way to get creative and have some fun with your dog. You can use items you have around the house, such as chairs, tables, and blankets.
15. Play catch
Another classic game that both you and your pup can enjoy.
16. Practice agility together
Agility courses are a great way to challenge your dog both physically and mentally. And it’s a lot of fun to watch them race through the obstacles.
17. Try out weight pulling
Weight pulling is a challenging sport that tests both the strength and stamina of dogs and their owners. If you’re up for the challenge, give it a try!
The health benefits of staying active are innumerable. But one of the most important is that it keeps us healthy both physically and mentally.
When we’re active, our body releases endorphins, which are hormones that make us feel good. This can help to improve our mood and outlook on life. Additionally, staying active helps to keep our weight in check, reduces our risk of diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, and helps to improve our sleep quality.
And this is just scratching the surface. The bottom line is that staying active is crucial for a healthy body and mind. So get up and get moving!
Dogs are amazing creatures that can provide us with plenty of motivation to get fit. By trying out some of the activities listed in this blog post, you and your furry friend can enjoy getting healthy together.
So what are you waiting for? Get up and get moving!