With summer around the corner, a lot of us have started thinking about how we plan on getting our summer beach bods. Getting on that workout train can be anything but fun, and sometimes we need a little motivation to get going. Our dogs are the perfect choice when it comes to choosing a workout buddy. They are always ready to move, don’t bail on you, and will keep you motivated when all you want to do is lie on the ground in the fetal position. Here are some fun ways to get that workout in with your pup.
Treck Up the Trails
Most dogs make an excellent hiking companion to hit the trails with. If your dog is obedient, physically fit, and social then grab the water and get going! Be careful in the heat and humidity however. Some dogs, especially the flat-faced breeds, have trouble in these conditions as it is harder to take in air.
If you plan on heading for the hills, don’t forget to get tick prevention. The warmer it gets outside the more ticks will be present and if you and your dog like to go off trail or in woody areas, it is better to be safe than sorry.
Hit the Pavement
Hitting the pavement with your pup is not only a great way to bond but torch calories as well. If your dog is inactive and spends most of it days sitting on the couch, they can become overweight and out of shape. If this is the case, it is best to start slow and go at a safe, healthy pace. Starting off with too much too soon can increase the risk of injury for you and your pup.
Do Some Doga
Namaste! Find your Zen with some “Doga” (dog yoga). Downward dog is not just a yoga position anymore, it’s the real deal! For a unique bonding experience with your pet, doga is the way to go. Most classes are practiced in two forms depending on the instructor – humans helping dogs perform the poses, or humans doing the yoga while the dog hangs out and watches. Picturing a dog do yoga makes for a good laugh, but this sport actually has many benefits to it. Doga aids in relaxation and stress relief, builds the bond between human and companion, and can help calm hyperactive dogs.
Enjoy a Cycling Sesh
If your dog has never ran with you while biking it is important to do some training beforehand. Establish the groundwork early by walking the bike with your pet attached to it. Once you feel comfortable, find a pace that you and your dog are happy with and be sure to stop as needed for water breaks and rest. After a few practice rounds, you will be cruising!
Wade in the Water with Paddle Boarding
Paddle boarding with your dog might sound complicated but once you get the hang of it welcome to hours of fun and a killer ab workout. The best part is that any dog breed can join. Remember safety first! If your dog has trouble swimming than a life vest is highly recommended.
With these fun workout ideas, you and your dog are sure to be fit and fabulous in no time!