Make no bones about it! If you’re among one of the millions of dog owners in the America, chances are high that you will be enjoying the weather with your four-legged friend. A dog is not only a woman’s best friend, but can also turn into the best workout partner known to man (hehe). These friendly and furry creatures are full of energy and motivation. We make suggestions on which breeds are good for each exercise, but feel free try out each exercise with “Fido.” Maybe he will find a new favorite!
Go Fetch. If you own a lab, this is the perfect exercise for you both. Grab “Fido’s” favorite toy. Ok, time to try this killer fun exercise. Lay down with your back flat and your knees slightly bent i.e. the pre sit-up sit-up position (mouthful). As you reach the top of the sit-up move, throw “Fido’s” toy to send him on a wild goose chase that all dogs love. Pump out as many sit-ups as you can before he gets back. Push yourself. Each time you do this, do more sit-ups than the previous session. While Fido is running like a mad-man you are developing toned abs which you can show off in your fabulous SwimSpot bikini.
Dogstacle Course. This is a fun workout that includes an obstacle course for both human and dog. Set up obstacle stations around your back yard. Include push-ups (for you, not your shaggy friend), step climbing, dashing in-and-out between cones, etc. Courses like this work great for Border Collies. Try to complete the circuit as quickly as possible. Repeat. Repeat. If you get tired, repeat. I think you get the picture. And by the end of the workout, your dog will be panting right alongside you.
Doggie Paddle. They don’t call it that for nothing! Yes dogs, especially golden retrievers, are great swimmers. If you have the luxury of a private pool in your backyard then use it to help you and Fido slim down. Try swimming laps with your pup. After a few laps, stop to tread water and throw “Fido’s” toy. Treading water will help you catch your breath but still burn massive calories. Then go back at it and swim more laps. Swimming works all the key areas of your body. Especially that all important core, not to mention shaping those wannabe Kelly Ripa ripped arms.
Downward Dog. Yoga with your four-legged friend is a growing trend. If you are looking for a low-impact way to tone your body, this is just for you. Be sure your dog is friendly with others – English Cocker Spaniel’s are a perfect match for this one – before attempting this. ‘Doga’ combines massage, meditation and gentle stretching for dogs. Find a yoga class that includes dogs and join others like you on your journey to get into shape.
Power Paws. Small or large, feisty or lazy, all dogs love being outdoors. Try bringing your pup along on your power walk. Your dog will be ecstatic, especially if they’ve been cooped up in your apartment all day. A 2-4 mile walk is a great distance to aim for with your Yorkie. They may be small but they love long walks and can keep up. For you, add in shuffles, lunges, and light jogging to mix up your routine.
Hiking. If you are lucky to live near nature paths, hills, canyons, etc. then take advantage of it! Even if you have to drive a few miles to get to the location it’s worth it. Our req: Don’t leave “Fido” behind. A Pointer makes for a great hiking buddy with his high endurance and ability to protect you. Hiking is a good alternative to walking/running on the treadmill. Breathe in the fresh clean air and soak up the sun while working out!
Be sure that you watch Fido’s intake of water before and after exercising. Sometimes dogs lap up too much water and tend to get sick. A good trick is to dump out half of his water bowl before you head for your workout. This way Fido won’t get an immediate tummy ache. But stay attentive. Your dog, very much like you, needs to consume water throughout whatever exercise you take advantage of. Hopefully both you and your pup will slim down and enjoy your outdoor bonding time.