What better motivation to exercise is there than an eager and energetic partner? Look no further; the furry friend wagging their tail right at your feet has been waiting for you to notice their enthusiasm! You’ll never find anyone who loves to exercise more. Their enthusiasm is contagious and is sure to be a key motivator in getting fit.
For most people, getting out of bed in the morning is rough. We hit the snooze button too many times while tossing and turning and not even actually sleeping those extra 15–30 minutes. Your pup and you will get into a routine together after a few times, and you won’t be able to say no to the wet nose in your face at 5 AM. They will not allow it, so up and out you go!
Studies have proven that those who walk/run with their dogs will increase their speed over time more so than those who walk/run with a human partner. You are far more likely to whine and vent about how much you dislike the workout and discourage each other from continuing, while your four-legged friend won’t say a word or slow you down.
Workouts together do not have to be limited to running, either. Throwing a Frisbee or tennis ball around, playing tug-of-war, swimming, roller-blading, hiking, and really any physical activity can be shared with your loyal friend. Some of these you may not have viewed as exercise, but spend enough time participating with your dog, and you’ll be sure to feel the burn.
Another positive point to including your dogs in your workout routine is that this will likely tire them out—at least, that’s true with mine. You’re home after a long run around the park and have to worry less about them chewing up your new shoes or jumping all over the furniture because they are now in cuddle mode—my favorite! It’s a win-win situation, and both you and your pup will be happier and healthier!
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