Jordan Walker is a regular contributor at the Coops And Cages blog where he shares his expertise about a wide range of pets including the ever loyal dogs. In this article, he explores the wonderful benefits of having your pet dog as your exercise bud.
Many people find it hard to consistently follow a workout routine. Sometimes they stretch a few muscles. But most of the time, they don’t. If you fail to exercise regularly, then you won’t produce any results. Your blurbs of fat would still be hanging on your waist. Don’t worry though. There’s still an effective solution to your problem, and that is through making your pet dog your workout buddy. Here are the advantages if you’ll consider your loyal friend as an exercise partner:
Obesity-related problems could be costly, not only to you, but also to your dog. Humans are not the only ones who experience weight gain dilemmas. Even dogs acquire excess body fat especially if they don’t get enough exercise as you do. Usually, middle-aged dogs, neutered and indoor dogs are the ones who are at a higher risk of becoming obese.
If you don’t see walking your dog or playing with him as a good form of exercise, here’s a great information about it. Based on a study from the University of Missouri, walking dogs for about 20 minutes within five days a week could help you reduce 14 pounds within a year. If you want a more extensive workout for you and your loyal pet dog that both of you would enjoy, you could do high energy games such as throwing a Frisbee, playing tug-of-war and chase.
Involving your dog with your workout regimen would help you to minimize your visit to a physician and your dog to a vet. Both of you would burn fats healthily; thus, reducing risks to obesity-related problems.
You won’t feel unmotivated.
Compared to a human exercise buddy, your pet dog is always full of energy and enthusiasm, and they don’t whine. Usually, when you invite a human buddy to spend some hours in the gym or go jogging in the park, your friend gets easily tired at once or your friend just refuses to take another extra mile. Even if you’re still full of energy to continue exercising, you would stop at what you do because your friend won’t. People tend to feel unmotivated if their buddy doesn’t like to proceed anymore.
But if you’ll be exercising with your pet dog, he would always be ready to go. And your pet won’t ever let you wait in your exercise appointment because you and your pet live in the same house, right? No more late exercise hours and no more cancelled appointments. What’s also great about having your dog as an exercise buddy is that you could increase your speed walking, making you perspire even more. Dogs are four-legged creatures so you are forced to keep up with their pace.
You won’t be spending too much time in unnecessary talks.
Let’s admit it. If you have a human as your exercise buddy, you tend to stop in the middle of your workout when there’s something interesting to talk about. Time flies while you keep talking to your friend. You promised to yourself that you’ll be dedicating at least half an hour in your exercise routine. But what happened? You have only spent 10 minutes all in all to combat your most formidable and unsightly enemy–your fats. The rest of the time? You spent it all in your lively chat with your friend.
But if you’ll be having an exercise with your pet, there’ll be no unnecessary chats, especially if you only allotted a few minutes for your routine. In times that you feel bored, you could rest for a while and pet your furry companion. After you cool down, you could give your pet dog a treat.
Other having than a brisk walk in the park, you could actually take your dog to anywhere without hearing him complain. You could do cycling or even hiking in the woods once in a while to have a change of scenery. Dogs absolutely love adventures together with their human companion.
When cycling, match your dog’s speed so that he could keep up. Though you’re riding on a bike, with all the pedaling you make, cycling actually helps you to improve your cardiovascular system, strengthen your bones and muscles, decrease your stress and body fat levels, as well as improve your joint mobility and coordination.
On the other hand, if you love the idea of hiking, always make sure that you have done your preparations such as applying bug repellents and having an extra bottle of water. Your pet dog would definitely love spending a hike with you since it would serve as a new scenery for him. Unlike your ever complaining human friend, your pet won’t hesitate to climb on a hilly top and he won’t mind a few buzzing of the bugs around.
See? Dogs could really serve as one of the best workout companions. If you have a dog as your exercise buddy, you are not only doing a favor to yourself but to your dog as well.
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