If you own a dog, an exercise routine is just a leash away.
Posted in , Apr 30, 2015
If there was a way to avoid exercise, I found it.
Aerobics? Bad knees.
Personal trainer? Too expensive.
Treadmill? No room.
Then one day my husband Mike challenged me. “There’s one exercise I bet you can’t dismiss. Walking. It’s free, easy, and you don’t need any special equipment.”
He had me there.
Plus, there’s another advantage to walking that he didn’t mention. I could do it with my dog!
Ever since I realized that my dog Kelly and I had some pounds to lose, we’ve been working together to get fit. When I first started dieting with my dog, I paid attention to our calories and chose healthier meals and snacks. Next, it was time to discover ways to exercise together.
At first I thought that walking around the block was the only exercise I could do with her. Then I met people who were doing all variety of physical activities with their dogs!
Here are some ideas you might try:
Be sure to check with your veterinarian before starting a new activity with your dog. Here are some tips from the The Dieting with My Dog Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance:
Want another great way to workout with your dog? In many places throughout the country, there are special classes and gyms you can go to exercise with your dog, such as K9Fit Club, started by Tricia Montgomery. (Read her inspiring story here).