Great Ways To Get More Exercise With Your Dog
Going out with your dog is a great way for you to bond with your furry friend. It is also an excellent way to get a good workout. The number one thing that you need to consider is safety, yours and your dog’s. Always be safe when playing with your dog.
Below are some great ways to get more exercise with your dog.
Walk with Your Dog
You are probably walking your dog already. Now it is time to transform your dog-walking routine into an effective exercise. What you need to do is to follow a schedule. For example, you can walk your dog every Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays. To make sure that you are getting the full benefits of walking, you need to do it for at least 30 minutes, three times a week.
If you want to get more workout, then you can walk your dog twice a day, in the morning and in the evening. Having a schedule will help you to become motivated. To keep yourself and your dog from becoming bored, you can try our different paces and keep on looking for new routes. To make it feel like it is a real workout, you can get into full exercise gear. Get a good pair of walking shoes and exercise apparel. You also need to get a good leash for your dog to ensure his safety.
Go on a Hike
Going out in nature is beneficial both for you and your pet. Being surrounded by green scenery will also be good for your mind and spirit. Before you go on a hike, you need to ensure your safety and the safety of your dog first. Make sure that your dog has an ID tag so in case he gets lost it will be much easier for anyone who finds him to return him to you. You should also bring with you a first aid kit. Being hydrated throughout the hike is another important thing that you need to keep in mind so don’t forget to bring enough water for you and your dog. Make sure that you bring your dog’s water bowl as well.
If you have not hiked with your dog before, then you should start with a short and easy hike and then just work your way up. Since hikes usually involve going up and down hills and rugged terrain, you need to build up your fitness first before turning up the intensity.
Bike with Your Dog
Do you know that you can bike with your dog? You just need to make the necessary preparations. First of all, you need to have a safe attachment for your bike, preferably with a quick-release feature in case of an emergency. Your dog will need some time to get used to walking next to your bike so you need to take it on a few trial runs. Start slow first then slowly build up your pace as your dog gets accustomed to the activity.
Try the above activities today. Have some fun with your dog and get some much-needed exercise.