Wednesday, 29 February 2012 10:42

5 tips for working out with your dog!

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5 tips for working out with your dog!

Taking Fido for a walk is GREAT exercise but most people need a little more to get a complete body workout, obtain better balance and flexibility, and get their heart rate elevated for a more efficient cardiovascular system.  Below are 5 tips that you can do with your dog to prevent boredom, burn more calories, and gain more strength. 

TIP 1:  Make your dog’s walk a workout walk.  Incorporate exercises along the way to help with your upper and lower body strength. A few ideas are pushups on park benches or tables, lunge walks, squats, step ups, and even tricep dips to prevent the “flabby arm syndrome”. 

TIP 2:  Pick up the pace--don't let Rover pull you all over!  Let Fido do his/ her business in the first 5 minutes of your warm up and then it is time for you to be in control.  Do a power walk or add sprints and/ or hills to burn more calories and get the heart rate elevated.  This makes your heart work more efficiently in the long run.

TIP 3:  Incorporate FIDO in your stretching and yoga.  Your dog reads your energy, so at the end of the day try to do your stretches and be calm--your dog will follow suit.  This is a good time to teach Fido the stay, sit, or down command. 

TIP 4:  Be creative with your exercise. Take your dog rollerblading, kayaking, hiking, surfing, biking, etc.  Get out of the rut of just doing daily walks.

TIP 5:  Always incorporate dog commands and games in your dogs workout--the mental stimulation will tire them and you can have fun teaching them new things. It is NEVER too late to start teaching your dog new commands. 

**As always please be a responsible parent and pick up after your dog!**

Of course if you do not have the  time to work up a plan,  why not try a Leash Your Fitness class or event?  They do all of the above and more to keep you and your furry friend fit!  Please visit www.LEASHYOURFITNESS.com  or call 619-822-3296 to find out more!

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