How to Get in Shape By Spending Time with Your Dog

How to Get in Shape By Spending Time with Your Dog
By guest blogger Amber Kingsley (amberthekingsley@gmail.com)

Even the biggest fans of laid-back lifestyle would agree that summer calls for movement and activities. As the sky is so blue and the sun is shining brightly, it’s getting increasingly hard (and completely unreasonable) to stay home all the time. For this and plenty of other reasons, summer is the best season for staying active, getting in shape, and collecting best memories to keep you warm on cold winter nights.

But what if even the talks about exercising make you feel bored? What if you’re not one of those over-energized people who seem to be working out even during the pauses between workouts? Does it mean you should give up on the idea of looking fit and healthy? The answer is no. It turns out, there are dozens of great activities that don’t require the same level of willpower as workouts do, but can actually bring your body the same benefit. In this article, we’ll focus on those easy workouts you can do if you have a dog. No worries, no matter what breed of dog you have, it will be just fine. Even those small cute dog breeds count.

Make Long Walks with Your Dog a Habit

In case you don’t know, here is an interesting fact: it’s been scientifically proven that walking is healthier than running, cycling, and jogging. It means that you should no longer force yourself to run if you don’t really feel like doing it. Take your dog for a walk and choose the pace that makes your heart beat faster. To make it more effective and interesting, you might need a well-thought-out route. Ideally, it will include some descents and ascents. To maximize the benefit, consider changing the pace of your walk every now and then.

Arrange a Frisbee Championship

Only you, your four-legged friend, and frisbee. Not only does this activity tend to be fun, it can also be a great alternative to a classic cardio workout. When you’re playing with your dog and it is so fun, time flies. This way you get a 45-minute workout before you even know it. But beware of the summer heat and possible consequences of spending too much time under the sun. Choose early morning hours or evenings to avoid heat strokes, they’re more dangerous than you may think.

Or Try Practicing Yoga With Your Dog

If for some weird and unfair reasons you believe that yoga is for the boring and introverts, you should change your mind right now. First, because yoga is more fun if you have a great partner repeating basic yoga poses after you. Second, because yoga is not boring. It just isn’t. It might be hard to believe, but dogs can actually do some yoga exercises better than you. Give it a try and you’ll be glad that you did. Since it’s summer now, you can even take a yoga mat to your backyard and turn your practice into an outdoor activity. This will make the experience even better.

Commit to the new you!

There is no better time for building new healthy habits than summer. This season calls for new starts, personal challenges, and accomplishing goals. If you’ve been thinking of getting more sporty for a long while, this is your chance and do it right now. Your four-legged friend may help you be persistent and not dump it all half-way. So grab your dog’s paw and make a commitment to become the best version of yourself this summer.

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